Tripod Tips

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No matter how free wheeling your shooting style is, no matter how creatively you like to dance around with your camera in your hand as you create your images, the simple fact is this: If you subject does not move then there is good reason that your camera should not have to move either during the image capture part of the process! In fact, the advantages of the camera not moving when you photograph a non-moving subject are almost too numerous and too important to even list them all. This is especially important in regards to professional photography and can be even more important if extreme post capture processing of your digital image is part of your plan when creating the image.

Let’s look at some of the key advantages using a tripod provides:

  • Even if you prefer to find what you think is the perfect camera POV when handholding your camera you
    can then place a tripod under your camera at that position to gain the advantages using a tripod creates.
  • Using a tripod correctly increases the sharpness of your images
  • Using a tripod correctly allows you to realize all the resolution in your camera’s sensor and lenses
  • Using a tripod allows you to create multiple images with the exact same framing
  • Using a tripod allows you to create perfectly registered multiple images for multiple exposure effects

Welcome to this month’s tutorial.

Tutorial Supplies Checklist

  • White Gaffer's / Camera Tape - small - 1" x 50 yd.
    White Gaffer's / Camera Tape - Small 1" x 50 yd. All of our professional gaffer's tape comes from Shuretape, formerly known as Permacel.

    Fun-Tak
    Fun Tack is not a wax, but this man-made nontoxic putty-like material behaves a lot like wax. It does not melt or leave any waxy residue and it can be reused over and over again. Great for modeling and model making.

    Glossy White Showcard - 28" x 44
    These Glossy White showcards are made of thick, stiff cardboard and come 28" x 44". They are perfect for masks, gobos or as a backdrop.

    A-Clamp
    Classic metal "A" clamps with orange grips.

    8-pound Set Shop slingshot sand bag
    This weight is filled with metal shot. Its saddle bag construction makes it easy to drape over many kinds of objects.

    22-pound Orange Set Shop Sandbag (empty)
    These classic double zippered saddle-style sand bags are available in Black or Blaze Orange. 22lb when filled with sand.

Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style

Steve Sint has spent a great deal of his life walking down aisles backwards. Over a 40 year career, he has photographed over 4,000 weddings, taken over 2 million photographs, and shot over 1 million portraits for his own studio and others in the New York metropolitan area. As a commercial photographer he has photographed thousands of executives and still life subjects. His client list includes, or has included, the American Broadcasting Company, Time Inc., Hearst Publications, Yves St. Laurent, AT&T, NCR, National Semiconductor, Miller Freeman Publishing, MacGroupUS, and Hachette-Filipacchi Magazines. His photographs have appeared on the covers of over 60 national magazines including LIFE, Omni, Stereo Review, and Modern Photography.

As a columnist and contributor his words and photographs have also appeared in Studio Photography, Lens Magazine, Modern Photography, Popular Photography, View Camera Magazine, Railroad Model Craftsman, and he has authored 7 books on photography. In his most recently published book, Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business, and Style, he shares his experience with his readers in the breezy, knowledgeable, and accessible style his writing is known for. At this point in his career he limits his assignments to 50 per year for a select New York clientele, photographs and writes about things he enjoys, and still finds time to lecture on professional photography, create and produce tutorial videos, conduct workshops on wedding, portrait, and still life photography, while still finding time to work on his model railroad.

His newest book, Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, and Style, was released in January 2013.