Macro photography: 10 top tips on using a tripod
10 TOP TIPS ON USING A TRIPOD FOR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
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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