Since I started blogging a few months back, I got interested in posting more awesome travel photos of my travel destination. I’m not too sure if anyone will appreciate my photos nor I am aiming to get noticed by NatGeo team (wouldn’t hurt though!). But in the course of learning photography basics, I realized that I needed to invest in 3 things to take amazing travel photos.
- A good camera
- A good lens. Would be great if you can afford to buy a lens that combines a wide-angle and telephoto in one
- A tripod.
If you just bought a tripod and not sure when you should and can use it, here are some of the cases when to use and when not use a tripod.
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You don’t need it when…
There’s a tripod police. Some places like museums and observation decks prohibit the use of tripods. Here in Singapore, tripods are not allowed when going up the Marina Bay Sands Skypark observation deck. So before heading to a location, make sure to check first if tripods are allowed to be used.
When shooting in small places and crowded places. You don’t want people tripping over your tripod stand every now and then. So when shooting for concert or street parade, tripods are really not a good thing to be lugging around.
Tripods are not really necessary for all types of photography especially for high ISO and shutter speeds.
You need it when…
You need stability for taking photos. Especially if you are planning to take landscape photos where you will most likely use slow shutterspeed. You will also need a tripod that can really go down low when doing macros. Most tripods can be setup really low almost to the ground for taking close up of floral images.
Tripods slows you down. Because you need to set it up, position it, and firmly stand it away from pedestrian traffic. This is actually more of an advantage because it gives you time to think and plan about the type of photography you want to do. You can contemplate of what your composition will be like.
When taking long exposures or double exposures for your camera tricks.
Video shooting for documentary or time lapses.
When planning to go hunting for the Aurora Borealis in the North Pole, you will definitely need to bring a tripod. My photo below was taken with a very slow shutter speed due to low light so a tripod and a universal camera remote is a must.
Last but not the least…
Invest in a good tripod that you can bring when you travel. It will be one of the best investments to make when starting out in travel photography for your travel website. Most of the tripods today are made of carbon fiber material so it is lighter and more compact and fit for travel backpacks.
Use your judgement when to pack your tripod. If you will be trailing or hiking the Zion National Park, then tripods will be too heavy to bring with you.
Check your travel destination if they rent out tripods. I recently was able to rent a tripod from the hostel I stayed with in Sweden. If they do, then it saves your backpack from weighing too much.
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