Lots of people don’t realize the intricacies of how to properly use a camera tripod to maximizes its effectiveness. Keep reading to learn everything you might need to understand about tripods.

I strongly suggest that when you get your camera mount, you have the biggest and the best one which you can afford. Some people have lots of different ones for every situation possible. This makes sense since it’s the same as having distinct lenses for every circumstance. And besides, some tripods just won’t work with every camera on the market today. It’s even possible to purchase tripods that have flexible legs that wrap around poles, trees and anything that you want it to.

The enormous tripods are great for studio work where you will not be moving them around and becoming exhausted doing it. You’re going to want to choose it depending on the situation that you are going to use it the most. Outdoors applications will require something more light weight.

Be sure that when choosing your tripod, you know how much your equipment weighs and read the manufacturers specifications so you don’t over load the poor three legged critter. I’ve heard that most producers will rate their tripod over the high weight scale so always ensure that your gear is two or three pounds below the manufacturers recommendations. This will ensure it will never fail in a manner that could possibly damage your gear.

There are tripods which come on four legs but these are not really recommended because the three legged versions can pack up smaller and weigh less. Also be certain that you can find a tripod which goes near the ground as well as being higher. The near the ground you go the more secure your camera tripod will be.

When you set up your tripod for shooting you are going to want to discover a nice piece of firm, level ground. You’re going to also want the top platform your camera goes on as level as possible. If you’re on a slope while shooting your image you should shorten the one leg that’s on the upward slope of the hill to make certain that you’re still as flat as possible.

Depending on your subject matter you are going to need to keep your tripod as low to the ground as possible. This is to ensure your camera is not going to be moved around by any sudden and unexpected gusts of wind that might happen to ruin your shot. A broader pyramid is just more stable than a tall one. It’s just physics so be sure to request a structural engineer and they’ll say the same. Be sure that you don’t go too far in your widening of the legs though. I know common sense is an uncommon thing, but this is one of those situations where it is going to need to come in to play.

If you’re going to need more height while taking your picture then you need to resist the urge to raise the center column. Doing this really destabilizes the camera and makes it more prone to vibration and wind.

When you are setting up your tripod make certain you always bear in mind how the wind is blowing. Unless it is a perfectly calm day you’re likely to need to position yourself so the end is blocked by something big like a car. You may even ask people around you to form a human wall. I would not suggest asking strangers to do so for you, it might be a bit awkward.

Hopefully now you completely comprehend the intricacies of how to properly use your camera tripod to assure that every shot that you take is going to be a great one. Good luck and happy hunting.