Let’s talk about tripod today.
If you have heard of the brand Manfrotto or Gitzo then most likely you are familiar with a camera tripod.
You might think that a tripod is only good for night photography, or shooting with a long shutter speed.
Or, you need a tripod for wildlife photography like how it is shown National Geographic series.
Well, there is more to that.
Yesterday night I was shooting for an e-commerce catalogue. We shot about 80-90 sets of clothes and at the end of the day, I had about 600 images to process.
Can you imagine the post processing nightmare If every single image needs a little tilt here and there?
Even if you spend just 1 minute to tilt the image straight, it would cost you 10 hours!
In contrast, you can have your tripod set up within 5 minutes and ready to shoot.
That is why I am a big advocate of getting it right in camera.
- Very versatile. Raises to reasonable height without raising the centre column.
- Manageable weight.
- Stable enough to be used on-location or in the studio.
* Pro Tip: If you are looking for a travel size, light weight tripod then this is not for you. This tripod is perfect for those who needs to travel for a location shoot or bring it up to a client’s office.
For studio use, I really liked the Manfrotto 058B.
- Extremely quick set up. You can raise and lower the tripod within 5 seconds using their unique release system. It is genius.
- Geared centre column – I can raise and lower the centre column without swaying the camera. Extremely important if I need to maintain precise camera angle.
* Pro Tip: Significantly heavier than the 055 series, I still bring this out for a location shoot. Expect bigger foot print with this tripod. If you need to work in tight spaces, consider bringing a smaller tripod like the 055.