Whenever Possible Shoot Using a Tripod or, BE the Tripod


No this isn’t a lesson in method acting.

Obviously there are many situations where using a tripod is simply impractical but…

It is a good idea to always think of stabilizing the camera at least in some way if possible.

The greater the zoom you are dealing with, the greater the compensation you are making for low light the greater the possibility that camera shake will enter in.

If you can’t use a tripod or monopod then try to make yourself into one.

Lean against a wall or even lock your elbows against the side of your body.


12 thoughts on “Whenever Possible Shoot Using a Tripod or, BE the Tripod”

  1. Before we moved, one of my favourite places to take photos – especially macro shots of gemstones and minerals – was at the city museum. Unfortunately, no tripods allowed. Not even a monopod. Low light throughout the museum and, to protect the displays, no flash allowed.

    We sometimes had to get pretty creative in order to “be” the tripod!

      1. Quite! Some weren’t to bad; items behind glass, I could brace the camera on the glass itself (got some decent macro shots that way). Others had rails or display ledges in front of dioramas that I could use to lean on, if I were trying to focus on something lower down. Others subjects… there was nothing. There were a few artifacts that I’d been trying to get good photos of for years, but never quite succeeded. *L*

  2. I don’t know how people go about their lives shooting without a tripod. And the worse thing I have ever seen (and continue seeing) is people with fairly expensive cameras, shooting in automatic mode with flash. Cringe.

  3. “Be the try-pod.” I so went to just about every epic scifi fantasy movie I’ve ever watched. πŸ™‚
    It is true though..jamming yourself against signs, fences, parked cars..it’s all better than nothing. I carry a small hard cased lunch box. It carries my food and drink and when I flip the lid it makes an excellent stable platform for my camera.

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