A tripod is an invaluable part of kit if you want to take good quality photographs.
- They eliminate blur from camera shake, this is especially true if you are taking close up pictures as every tiny movement is magnified.
- They allow you to take pictures in lower or low light conditions when a longer shutter speed is required. Ideally you should not hand hold your camera at less than 1/30th of a second at the very least, and that's if you have really steady hands.
- They allow you to adjust the aperture without having to worry about using a longer shutter speed, allowing you more control and flexibility over the final image. (I'll go into aperture/shutter speeds in a later post!)
- You can avoid having to use a flash, especially an inbuilt flash which will produce very harsh direct light.
- Repeatability, maximising consistency of lighting and composition which will give an online shop a more professional, slick appearance.
- You have your hands free to hold a reflector or even be a model - as long as you have an a timer function.
- Photo A - Handheld, no reflector
- Photo B - Tripod, reflector held from above
Both pictures were taken indoors in a well daylit room, without any artificial lighting and using auto settings. With both photos I did my normal adjustments to brightness and contrast once I had them on my computer, I needed to brighten photo A alot more to bring it up anywhere near photo B, but no amount of brightening can make photo A have the clarity of Photo B. (I'll look at basic photo editing soon)