I have a confession to make. I didn’t own a tripod for the first five years I was in the photography business. I only own a tripod now because someone gave me one to use, and it only recently made it out of the box. Now, I’m not opposed to tripods, I just am lazy and hate setting things up and carrying things. Case in point, a few weeks ago, I went hiking in the rain in Yosemite. Carrying a camera, a backpack, snacks, and jackets up a 5 mile steep, rocky terrain while it rained off and on was plenty; adding a tripod to that load would be the straw that broke the camel’s back. (Signs that someone is NOT a landscape photographer).
So, you could say that I am a tripod newbie. I know the basics of how to use one and I know which ones are the best ones, but the little nuances and tricks with using one is what I don’t know. Adorama released a video featuring world traveler, Mark Wallace, who shares with us some basic tips on using a tripod. In the 6-minute video, Mark talks about the differences between a twist lock and the “normal locking mechanisms” and which he prefers, tricks to setting up a tripod quickly and easily, “obvious” ways to save time (they weren’t obvious to me!) while using a tripod, and more.
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This 6-minute video is really helpful to beginner photographers or beginner tripod-ers. Some may be “obvious” to you, but I had a few light bulb moments. If you want some more tripod tips or to read some of our tripod reviews, check out some of our previous articles here and watch the video below.