How to Use Your Tripod (It's Not as Simple as You Might Think)

Schedule:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 pm
One 2-hour session

Fee:

$25 for one seminar.  Register here.

Prerequisites:

No prerequisites. If you have a tripod, bring it with your camera so you can practice some of the tips.

Description:

When you first got a tripod, you probably thought it was pretty simple: just extend the legs, put the camera on top, and voila! It's ready to go!

Almost every photographer thinks this way for a while when they get a tripod. And I'll be the first to admit that sometimes it's just not convenient to carry another big bulky piece of gear. But in some cases, it's the only way to get a shot at all, for example night photography. In fact, the tripod is an integral piece of your camera gear, and using correctly can definitely help you get sharper images.

"Many photographers casually set up the tripod and use the various tilts and adjustments in a haphazard way. It is preferable, however, to be more methodical in setting up the tripod, if time and situation permit, to provide precise positioning of the camera and the greatest possible stability.” --- Ansel Adams, The Camera

So, although the tripod seems like a simple piece of equipment, there are a few things to keep in mind when you're setting it up, to ensure you get the sharpest image possible. In this class, we'll go over those things as well as discussing types of tripods and some alternatives when you don't have yours.

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Goals:

Understand how to effectively and comfortably use the tripod to get better photos.

Instructor:

Doug Miller



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