How to Choose the Right Tripod

If you don’t use a tripod, you’re doing your photography a great disservice. But how do you know which tripod is best for your particular needs and circumstances?

Not so long ago, I wrote an article here on Fstoppers asking if people typically overpay for tripods. I looked at three tripods I currently own and compared them all and carefully examined the key differences between them. The article generated a lot of comments about all types of tripod-related things, but what wasn’t in question by anyone was how absolutely necessary and beneficial tripods are. Regardless of whether you shoot landscapes, portraits, flowers, architecture or a combination of them all, tripods are one of the key components to getting consistently high quality images. But how do you know which tripod is best for you and how do you confidently choose the one that will suit your needs most? In this video by Dave McKeegan, he runs through six quality tripods from three different manufacturers and discusses the different qualities and features that make a good tripod. Equally as important is his opinion on what you really don’t need that some tripod manufacturers might try to sell you on.

Personally, I don’t think you need to spend that much on a tripod, but give this very informative video a look and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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