Camera technology has advanced so much that just about anyone can take good photos. Not necessarily great photos, because that's more to do with composition, subject matter, the effective use of light and shadow etc.
The camera tripod is the best tool for taking better photos. A tripod is a tool that stops camera shake. A tripod is unnecessary when new cameras have high ISO capabilities and can shoot at higher shutter speeds, especially in low light conditions. This article will discuss the many ways that a tripod can help us become better photographers, or at least increase our ability to use a camera.
A tripod's most obvious purpose is to stabilize the camera and prevent operator camera shake in situations that require longer exposure times. Camera shake can be avoided when exposure times are long, as many of us cannot hold the shutter speed below 1/60s. These are some examples of such times:
- Night shots: star trails, firework displays, moon shots, cityscapes, and vehicle movement where blurring the lights is sought.
- Motion blur: waterfalls, sports action, and ocean wave movement.
- Low light conditions without the use of flash.
The tripod is an asset when making delayed-action movies. A series of hundreds or thousands of photos of an object is taken at predetermined times and then run together to create amazing movies of clouds moving, flowers opening, or decaying objects.