3 Tripod Head Types

 The tripod head is an important part of the tripod, as this will help to keep your camera stable and still while taking a photo. The head is the part of the tripod which allows the camera to move and rotate. There are several different types of head types which all have their own advantages and disadvantages. When choosing a tripod, it's important to spend time checking that you're choosing the very best tripod for your needs.

1. Ball Head

A ball head tripod is one of the most popular professional options for anyone looking for a tripod. This uses a ball and socket joint to create a smooth and free moving joint. The ball will be fixed onto the camera and the socket will be fixed to the tripod. These types of tripod heads use either a screw or quick release fitting to hold the camera onto the tripod.

The problem with these ball head joints is that you can't lock one axis to make adjustments.

2. Pan and Tilt

A pan and tilt head has two separate axises and this makes it possible to lock one plane of movement before adjusting the other planes. The handles can be twisted to lock the axises. There are two and three way pan and tilt heads available.

Some pan and tilt tripods use gears for more precise adjustments. These types of tripod are even more useful for macro photography as the precise movements are beneficial.

3. Fluid Heads

Fluid heads move much smoother than most other types of tripod head; this makes it easier to adjust them smoothly and accurately.

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