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Chapter Five. Essential Accessories > The Importance of a Tripod

The Importance of a Tripod

For those times when you don't have to be concerned with split-second mobility and traveling ultra light, then using a tripod is an excellent way to improve the sharpness and composition of your images. Trying to handhold a shot with a shutter speed below of a second is a gamble at best. With longer focal-length lenses, the minimum shutter speed is even higher. The slower exposure will record even the slightest camera movement caused by unsteady hands or the downward motion of your finger pressing the shutter button. Even a windy day can buffet you about enough to compromise the sharpness of a photo. A tripod is also necessary for night photography or images where you need increased depth of field (Figure 5.8). To render a scene with a great deal in focus from foreground to background, you need to stop down the lens and use a smaller aperture. A smaller aperture will produce a slower shutter speed, which may make a handheld shot impossible.


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