The camera tripod. What to look for when selecting a camera tripod. The sole purpose of a camera tripod is to stabilize the camera. So are the expensive camera tripods any better than the cheap camera tripods? Many professionals would argue that, most cheap camera tripods don’t do their job of stabilizing the camera and allowing you to take high quality pictures.
It is important that your camera tripod easily supports your camera with the various lenses you may use: macro, normal zoom, or mid-telephoto zoom lenses. Independently adjustable legs, tripod weight and reliability are also important.
Manfrotto and Gitzo are two companies that produce high quality camera tripods for professional photographers.
Closely related to the Camera Tripod is the tripod ballhead. You’ll notice that after purchasing a professional camera tripod you’ll also need a tripod ballhead. The ballhead allows you to position the camera at any angle you desire and keep your camera in a fixed position. What you don’t want is a ballhead that creeps.
Don’t be scared to use a tripod. The camera tripod is an important tool you need as a photographer to take professional looking photos.