do you use a tripod for photography

India
September 7, 2008 2:59pm CST
Is using a tripod for photography necsesary. Can we take shakeless shots using digital cameras using our bare hands?
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8 responses
@oiixdaii (1059)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Tripods are necessary in taking photographs that involves slow shutter speeds. For example if you would like to take a picture of the city at night and you like to capture all the lights of the buildings, you will definitely need a tripod because your setting would require to use a very slow shutter speed to allow all the lights to enter the camera. With the technology today, camera and lens manufacturers has a new technology that minimizes camera shake. Canon (I think has Image Stabilization technology on their lens), Nikon has Vibration Reduction, Sigma (I think has Optical Stabilizer), and Olympus has embedded its image stabilizer into its body
• Canada
7 Sep 08
I don't have a tripod but would love to have one . I take pictures all the time with my digital camera and ruin them from shaking but would like a tripod for setting up the camera when I want to take family photos , it would just make it easier then trying to find a chair and adding books and such to get the right height that I need for the picture . I wouldn't say a tripod is necesary but more of a luxury for someone who likes to take a lot of pictures .
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• Philippines
8 Sep 08
I think that it depends on what kind of pictures you are taking. If you're taking long exposure shots, it would be best to shoot with a tripod but if you're going around and just taking pictures of everything, I don't suggest using a tripod. If you're having a hard time taking shots with your bare hands and don't have a tripod at hand, you should try holding your breath after exhaling or inhaling before taking the shot. If that still doesn't work, try leaning against a solid object or mounting your camera on a flat solid object. It usually works for me.
• India
8 Sep 08
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• Canada
2 Jan 10
I use a tripod every single day. I believe it can bring me the sharpest image than other ways.
@hcromer (2712)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I have a tripod that I got about a month ago. I haven't really gotten a chance to use it. I think that there are circumstances when tripods are necessary. I shot a wedding a few months ago and I REALLY needed a tripod. I'm shooting another wedding in a few weeks and I'm so happy that I have this tripod. There's nothing more disappointing than having an actual gig and ending up with a small selection due to camera shake.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Digital cameras have given us the opportunity to take larger photos (when printed) and with that come more distortion. Even with Image stabilization a tripod is another tool to get good pictures. I take lots of Sports Actions shots and use a Mono pod most of the time. It allows me to get better shots and to better show the action.
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I have one and do use it. But I don't use it all the time. You can also make some "bean" bag stablizers to use. These are simple fabric bags filled with rice or beans and you place them on a surface and then place your camera on them. They help to reduce the shake also.
@trickiwoo (2703)
• United States
8 Sep 08
It depends on the exposure! With the technology, lots of lens manufacturers are coming out with vibration reduction lenses which eliminates much of the blur from camera shake with handheld shots. However, if you had a really long exposure, you'd still get the camera shake. Also, with really long telephoto lenses, it's best to use a tripod. So if you plan on shooting mostly outdoors during bright sunny days, or shooting indoors with a flash, then realistically a tripod isn't vital. Often photographers will chose to use a tripod anyway, but as a photographer it's your call. However, if you ever plan to shoot long exposures, use a telephoto lens, use ND filters, use an IR filter, shoot at night, shoot indoors or in poor lighting without using a flash, shoot panoramas, then yes- you will definitely need to get a tripod!