Tripods are essential for many kinds of photography because they hold the camera still during long exposures – and when you’re using telephoto lenses where the slightest wobble will blur the picture. Tripods are also useful for slowing down the pace of your photography, for holding the camera so that you have both hands free […]
Tripods usually come with rubber feet on their legs, but these may not give much grip or purchase if you're using them outdoors on soft or uneven surfaces – this is where it's often better to have a metal spike instead. On some tripods, the rubber feet will screw back to expose a spike. On others, you may be able to unscrew the rubber feet and screw on spikes instead.