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Macro photography: 10 top tips on using a tripod


1: Make sure the centre of gravity is compensated by the leg placement – ideally over one leg, if possible.

2: Don’t over-extend the centre-column, as you will increase the likelihood of vibration and may adversely affect the centre-of gravity.

3: Make sure all the knobs/clamps are tightened off to increase rigidity and reduce vibration (will also save on accidental crashes).

4: Use spikes outdoors (push into soft ground), and non-slip feet indoors to prevent splaying and increase rigidity.

5: Use the self-timer or buy a remote release to reduce camera vibration.

6: Ideally use mirror lock-up or Live View (contrast-detection mode) to further reduce camera vibration.

7: Don’t scrimp on the head. Although macro tripods require quite a lot of adjustment during set-up, you’ll still find you spend more time adjusting the head.

8: For precise adjustment and ease of use, large ball-heads are preferable to 3-way tilt-and-shift type heads.

9: To compensate for different loads, choose a ball head with friction-control. Learn how to use it properly to prevent accidental crashes.

10: To further reduce the effects of vibration, ideally choose a head with removable Arca Swiss style metal plates. Buy the plate made for you camera/lens.

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  1. Very nice, I will have to post a link to this article on deviantART in the news section.

  2. Thanks for that. Glad you liked it.


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