Photographing is like drawing with light! We all know by now, photography is the final result of the light impressed on the sensor. The more light comes in, the better the photo will turn out. But it doesn’t just depend on quantity, but also on quality! In what sense? Let’s see how much the stability of a tripod is fundamental.
How many times will it have happened to us to take a photograph at the most optimal conditions but the final result always has something wrong, the micro blur. That is, the photo if we analyze it well will not be perfectly in focus and the details will not be so sharp and precise. And we are talking about photos taken with a tripod, because freehand it becomes really complicated, at certain speeds, to take perfect photos.
So to use the tripod in the best way there are some simple but effective tips to follow, which will surely improve your shots by 30%!
Easy mistakes, which if solved in time will avoid the much-hated micro blur, and your photos will be perfectly in focus!
Here are the 5 tips to follow to have a perfectly stable tripod!
How to keep the tripod stable
What does the stability of a tripod depend on? Isn’t it enough just to open it to have the camera still and take perfect photos? Absolutely not! It’s not that easy! There are rules to follow and these 5 tips below will make you keep your camera more stable than you think!
1 # Check the maximum weight of the tripod
Not all tripods are the same, as we have seen in our guide on the best reflex tripods, there are tripods and tripods. They differ both in the material used but also in the ability to support the weight. There are VloggingTripods that maybe can be used to support Action Cams, but they will certainly not be able to balance a reflex weighing 2-3kg.
Go to the official website of the stand and check the maximum supported weight of the stand, it is usually one of the first parameters indicated (precisely because it is very important as data)
2 # Stretch your legs the right way
How many times have we seen this passage go wrong, the nervous! First, the thicker legs are extended and then the thinner ones! Many are wrong and lengthen the final part first, keeping the thicker part closed. There is nothing more wrong! First stretch the thickest section, then move on to the next if necessary!
The stability of your tripod will take into account how the weight is established!
3 # The central column must be rolled out last
Exactly, as there is an order for the legs, the central column must also respect its order! Do not make the mistake of leaving the tripod feet to a minimum and extending the central column to the maximum in order to immediately reach the desired height. Wrong!
First stretch all the sections, then at most if necessary also use the central column! If you can keep it as low as possible it’s better! The stability of the central column is the one that suffers the most in sudden winds!
4 # Use the hook at the bottom of the tripod
No need to hang your coat! Or rather, you could do it, but a backpack or a weight is more suitable! Because? Because that hook serves to move the center of gravity of the tripod down, so as to have more stability in the tripod! So if you have a small SLR backpack with a moderate weight, hang it on the hook! Don’t be afraid, the weight will push down thanks to the force of gravity bringing the center of gravity to the right point! It’s physical!
5 # Use the remote control
If possible logically, always use the remote control to take pictures once you put your reflex on the tripod! It could be the most stable tripod in the world, but if you are not delicate enough when you go to push the shutter button, it may not have helped!
A less light hand than expected is enough and the micro-movement will ruin the stability of your tripod.
Nowadays almost all models offer the possibility of shooting with the remote control and it is usually sold together with the reflex!
Don’t have a remote control? Simple! Use the self-timer! Set 10 seconds, click the shutter button, and immediately take your hands off!
Do you have any other tips to keep the tripod steady and take clear photos?