Tripods essentially come in two parts: the tripod legs, used for support and height, and the tripod head, which is used for positioning and pointing the camera. Often, a tripod is sold with a head as a single item, but with more upmarket tripods the legs and head are usually sold separately so that you […]
This is the part on the top of the tripod that allows you to move the camera and then lock it in position. You can get ball heads, which allow free movement in all direction but not much precision, or three-way heads which are slower to use but enable you to move the camera in one axis at a time.
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 […]