How important is a tripod?


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Falcon

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Photography is my one month old hobby. Would like to know the importance of having tripod. Should I get one at this point of time? or SHould wait until I am more skillful, like mastering other aspects of photography first..

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That's the most important thing you need
 

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Originally posted by Falcon
Photography is my one month old hobby. Would like to know the importance of having tripod. Should I get one at this point of time? or SHould wait until I am more skillful, like mastering other aspects of photography first..

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If you want to take night shot... you need tripod 100% of the time if you want good results
 

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Originally posted by Klause


If you want to take night shot... you need tripod 100% of the time if you want good results
Yup, I agree. :)
 

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all depends on what you shoot.

to a streetphotographer - ZERO importance
to a night shoot photographer - ULTIMATE importance
 

Falcon

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Oh i see. What about taking nature shots? That's what I am doing now.
 

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yup - equally important for nature photography, especially when you are using long lenses.

As a rule of thumb, the minimum shutter speed that you should use should be no slower than 1/focal-length, therefore, if you have a 80-200 (or 70-210) zoom lenses and you are shooting at 200/210mm setting, your shutter speed should be at 1/200s or faster.

Granted, if you have ultra-steady hands, you can get away with 1/125s or even 1/60s, but you WILL notice a vast difference if you were to compare a shot taken handheld at 1/60s vs a tripod-mounted shot at the same speed.
 

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If you want maximum depth of field in your nature/landscape photos, and/or want to use slow film (like Velvia) or low ISO in your digicam (e.g. G1/2 ISO50), you will need a tripod as the shutter speed will tend to be lowish. Using a tripod will ensure sharp pictures providing your subject doesn't move (a lot). :)

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CK
 

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