It's Week #50: Tripod!

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Week 50: Tripod

Photo by: Cindy Hamilton – Week 09: Negative space (2017)

Tripods are usually used to prevent camera shake when you want to take long-shutter exposures for example during night photography or of moving water. Tripods are however also very useful with food photography because it frees up your hands to style and compose the photo. Tripods are also necessary when you want to take more than one photo of the same image so that you can create an HDR photo and you can also use them in macro photography.

Apart from the technical aspects, tripods encourage a more thoughtful approach to your photo shoot. Even though it can take only a minute or so to open up the tripod and attach the camera, the presence of a tripod connects you longer to your chosen scene and make you stay and explore the near surroundings with more patience.

For those of you who do not have a tripod or who shoot with a cell phone or tablet, rest your camera on something stable (for example a fence post or a stack of books) or have a look at these options.

Tips and Tuts for this week:

  1. Essential tips (read this one!) on how to setup and use your tripod.
  2. Reasons why tripods are essential for landscape photography.
  3. In HDR photography you take few photos of the same scene at different exposures and then stitch them together in your editing software. More tutorials here and here.
  4. Macro lovers (or other types of photographers too) can try focus stacking where multiple images taken at different focus distances give a final image with a greater depth of field than any of the single images.
  5. Consider using a tripod to shoot portraits, awesome portrait ideas with a tripod and how to shoot amazing self portraits.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the “Night” albums of 2017 and 2016. The Water album from 2016 and the Macro album from 2015 where the extra credit was focus stacking. And of course the Googles. Oh, you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: Compositing

For some extra credit joo-joo, try photo compositing with the help of your tripod. Here, here and here are some more ideas and tutorials. All the photos that you use must have been taken during THIS week.

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this
Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting.
It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per
week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can
include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge,
or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit
more than one photo!

Photo credit: Erin Cross – Week 17: Headspace – 2017

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