How to Make a Cheap Tripod Fluid

If you don't have the money to buy a professional, expensive tripod for your digital camera, that does not necessarily mean that you have to give up on having a fluid tripod. Below you will find some tips for keeping your tripod movement fluid.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Tripod
  • Lubricant

Properly Lubricate

The most important function of a tripod is to keep your camera from moving while you are taking photographs. No tripod is going to be useful for you if you are not able to adjust it to point at your subject. The moving parts of your tripod, then, will be some of the most essential features of your tripod. One of the main differences between a professional tripod and a cheaper model will be the fluidity which which the head swivels back and forth. In order to prevent your tripod from sticking and producing a jerky range of motion, be sure to properly lubricate all moving parts of your tripod. This should cut down on friction and make it easier to move the head of your tripod.

Adjust Tension

Many tripods will have some sort of tension screws that will allow you to tighten or loosen the swiveling head of your tripod to your specifications. Play around with these tension screws to make sure that they are not too loose or too tight, and allow a fluid range of motion for your camera.


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