ON THIS PAGE:
Why you need one
Tip on using one
Going Hand held
Steady shots are essential to make your pictures look professional and
keep you friendly with the picture editor. Wobbly pictures limit the editors
choice of usable shots and are difficult to edit into and out of.
There are a huge range of tripods available. So, this section is pretty
general - but hopefully still useful.
WITH A TRIPOD YOU CAN...
- Take steadier shots every time, especially at the narrow angle end
of the lens.
- Ensure smoother camera movement (panning, tilting and pivoting).
- Keep the camera level by use of the spirit level.
The disadvantage is that it will take you a little longer
to set up the equipment, but at least all your shots will look better
TIPS ON USING THE TRIPOD
- Make sure the legs of the tripod are spread out as far as they will
go. This makes it as stable as possible.
- However, for safety you can use a tripod as a monopod by bringing
all the legs up together. This way no-one will trip over it in a scrum.
- Check the spirit level every time you move the tripod.
- Set the pan and tilt frictionís so that they are about equal.
- How much friction is personal preference - However, too little and
shots will still wobble - too much and you'll be fighting with your
tripod for control of the shot!
- Adjust the panning handle so that it is comfortable for you to use.
Again personal preference - but usually just on the droopy side of horizontal
IF YOU HAVE TO USE THE CAMERA HAND HELD...
2000 - 2010
- Use the wider lens angles whenever possible (Narrow angle shots will
accentuate camera shake)
- Try and brace yourself against a solid object like a wall, street
lamp or a car.
- Stand with your feet slightly apart to steady yourself.
- Breath slowly and gently.
- Move on to ...
- WORKING ALONE...
- ...or go back to
- Part 10: TROUBLE SHOOTING