Some of us love them, some of us hate them, but however you feel about them, a tripod is sometimes essential for a good shot. The tripod’s main job is to help you get the best out of your lens by achieving maximum sharpness in your shots – it keeps your camera as still as possible while the shot’s being taken.

Before looking at the ins and outs of how to choose one, let’s look at some specific situations where you’re likely to need a tripod.

 When you want to keep the ISO as low as possible for maximum quality and that leads to a shutter speed that’s too slow to safely handhold.

 When you want a lot of depth of field e.g landscape shots – this requires a small aperture and a small aperture means a longer shutter speed.

 Very low light situations – shooting at night or at dusk, for example.

 To shoot HDR (High Dynamic Range) and panorama shots – the framing needs to be kept identical in each shot for the former, and a panorama requires precision in keeping the level and angle of the camera the same.

 To do self-portraits – you’ll need a remote shutter release as well, or you could use the timer function on the camera…

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