Finding Good Locations for Placing a Mini Tripod
Regardless of whether you are a professional photographer or a casual photography enthusiast, investing in a mini tripod can be a great way to improve the quality of the photographs you are taking. Once you have purchased a mini tripod, you will need to figure out the best way to use it, including where the best places to position it will be. Below you will find a basic guide to using a mini tripod. With a little patience and attention to detail, you should be well on your way to creating high quality photographs that minimize the effects of camera shaking.
Why Use a Tripod?
Even the most novice photographer understands that there are certain situations (long exposures in particular) where the effects of camera shaking can result in blurry, poor quality photographs. In order to minimize the effects of camera shaking, the most widely used accessory is a tripod. While tripods can be a great asset to any photographer hoping to capture high-quality images, they can also be cumbersome and inconvenient to carry around in many situations. One great way to minimize the inconvenience of having to carry around a tripod is to purchase a mini tripod. These tripods will cut down significantly on the inconvenience of carrying a tripod, while still giving you the ability to capture high quality, shake-free photographs.
Since mini tripods are naturally quite a bit smaller than their full-sized counterparts, there are limitations inherent in their design and where they can effectively be used. The single most common location for using a mini tripod is on a table. A table provides an ideal resting place for your mini tripod because it offers a flat, level surface that is already elevated off of the ground at least several feet. With the additional boost offered by a mini tripod, you will have no trouble shooting images from different heights.
While tabletops or other flat surfaces are usually obvious choices for positioning a mini tripod, there are many other surfaces that you can use to incorporate the no-shake properties of your tripod. First and foremost, since most tripods, including mini tripods, come equipped with adjustable legs, with a little adjustment, you can place your tripod on uneven or slanted surfaces (like a grassy field or the hood of a car), and still take perfectly level pictures.
Another great tip that can be incorporated with mini tripods is that you can even use vertical walls with your mini tripod. Remember that the purpose of the tripod is just to provide a stable base so that your camera will not be prone to shaking while the shutter is open. By opening your tripod and bracing it against a vertical wall, you will be able to reduce a great deal of shaking. Particularly useful are tiled walls, since the ridges in between tiles provide a slight indentation where at least two legs of your mini tripod can rest, eliminating shaking even more and providing additional stability. Other ideas for mini tripod placement would be a telephone pole or a mailbox. All you need is a stable surface to rest your tripod on, and your imagination is truly your only limiting factor.