Tripod is one of the most important gear that photographer should have. Of course have it doesn’t mean you automatically take a good shot. It always depend on how you use it. This is 5 tips on using tripod for landscape photography.
Few thing to remember. Tripod purpose is to keep your camera as still as possible. Since that’s the reason, it’s reasonable to avoid any possibility of movement. Because a slightest shake can be bad for your photo. Except if you do it on purpose for creative reason. But the problem is even with a tripod there are always a chances of your camera shaken. To avoid that, this is few tips you can follow:
Note: this tips also applied to any kind of photography.
1. Mind Your Ground
Understand the ground where you standing. A hard, steady ground (like concrete or rock) can be a good place to put your tripod on. Unlike a soft ground (like sand, mud, or water) is not a good place for your tripod.
But if you have no choice but to put your tripod on soft ground, you can just jam your tripod deep into the ground until it can move. Many tripod have it own sharp point on each of the legs that allow you to do such thing.
2. Weight your Tripod
Another problem you face is wind. If you love photograph mountain or beach, you should already know it usually windy. Could even throw your tripod away. Even if you on steady hard ground, your camera still can be shaken by wind. To avoid this, you can make your tripod harder to move by make your tripod more heavier to move by attach heavy stuff on your tripod.
Many tripod have a hook, where you can attach something heavy, like your camera bag. With that your tripod will be heavier and a lot more harder to move.
3. Stretch your Tripod’s Legs to it Max
To keep your tripod steady, you should stretch it legs fully, don’t half way. So simple, but if you didn’t your tripod can loss it balance and fall. So keep in mind
4. Keep your Camera Straight
Doesn’t have anything to do with keeping your tripod still as possible. But still important. It is important for you to keep in mind of your composition. One thing to keep in mind is the level of your camera, so you can take a straight shot that level well with the horizon.
One thing you can do is to buy bubble level that you can attach on your camera’s hot shoe. Or you can buy a tripod that have it own bubble level.
5. Use an Actual Tripod
This is the most important thing, buy a real tripod. Speaking from my own experience, “buy an expensive tripod, rather then a cheap one. Or you end up regret it.” Sound extreme but its true. Because many of the problems explain above are mostly happen to cheap tripod.
Also Read: My Regret on Buying Cheap Tripod
Addition Tip: Keep your Tripod Safe (In case it fall)
for an addition tip is come from my own experience. I was at an edge of cliff took a shot of mountain landscape photography. It’s really windy there, and then my tripod just got shaken and about fell down off the cliff with my camera and my camera bag attach to the tripod. Luckily, I respond quick enough to grab my tripod before it actually fell. I think I was ready to jump back then. Since then I hardly ever want to take a photo anywhere near a cliff or the edge of any high places.
So this is just an experience that happened to me once and I want to share with. Don’t want to scare you, it just to remind you to be careful with your photography gear.