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Beginners Guide to Tripods – Benefits, How to Use, Recommended Tripod Gear



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Looking for more color saturation, contrast and sharper images when taking pictures of motionless subjects and scenes in low light? With a tripod, all of that is possible.

In this video, I walk you through the benefits of using a tripod, what adjustments you should make to your camera and also my top picks.

Speaking of top picks, here are my favorite tripods and ballheads…

INDOOR/COMPACT TRIPODS

On a budget: Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod (see here: http://amzn.to/1QKw6gc)

Second best: Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Tripod (see here: http://amzn.to/1S5NEm5)

High quality: Manfrotto 190 GO! Tripod (see here: http://amzn.to/1LJFlWu)

Top of the line: Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Tripod (see here: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/TQC-1…)

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OUTDOOR/RUGGED TRIPODS

On a budget: Dolica ZX Carbon Fiber Tripod (see here: http://amzn.to/1S5PNOI)

Second best: Vanguard Alta Pro 253CT Carbon Fiber Tripod (see here: http://amzn.to/1QKxsrm)

High quality: Sirui T-2205X Carbon Fiber Tripod (see here: http://amzn.to/1LJIWE0)

Top of the line: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Tripod (see here: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/TVC-3…)

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RECOMMENDED BALLHEADS

On a budget: ZOMEi ZM-03 Ballhead (see here: http://amzn.to/1R7694Z)

Second best: SunwayFoto FB-Series FB-28i Ballhead (see here: http://amzn.to/1LJJ8mP)

High quality: Kirk BH-3 Ballhead (see here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product…)

Top of the line: Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead (see here: http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/BH-55…)

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This Post Has 46 Comments

  1. What minimum height tripod would you recommend? I will be shooting music videos aswell as podcasts.

  2. Thank you for a easy understanding video for us as beginners! 🙂
    QUESTION 1: I have an Elgato Multi -flex Arm (it is just like a stick). Can i convert it in to a tripod? I have a Canon M50 and I am just learning about the tripods. For the Elgato I bought 85 dollars and I am not able to use it for my Canon. Any advice?

    QUESTION 2 : What tripod would you recommend in a beginner? I like the "ballhead" thing for the contraption,made a note of that.

    Thank you, and I just became an subscriber to your channel. Best regards and keep up the good work! 🙂

  3. Louis Milone

    Great video! Could you give me the name of the intro song please?

  4. YoMoma777

    New to tripods here. And DSLR`s in general.
    Do Nikon cameras accept the ARCA quick release available on some mounts?

  5. SJ

    Really Right Stuff… the brand, not the statement! I have over $2000 invested into my tripod for my Leica M

  6. Joe Lamont

    What do you recommend for the Panasonic AG-HVX200? Thanks

  7. ARJULLA HOSSAIN

    How do I use my phone on a carbon fiber tripod? Please give a video link.

  8. Threemicsrecords

    What tripod would you recommend for Real Estate photography? Stability
    is most important future for me, weight, comfort, speed does not matter.
    Price – less expensive the better. Thank you for all suggestions!

  9. Threemicsrecords

    What tripod would you recommend for Real Estate photography? Stability
    is most important future for me, weight, comfort, speed does not matter.
    Price – less expensive the better. Thank you for all suggestions!

  10. The Goddess

    To say this is a great video would be an understatement, thank you for the tutorial. I am a novice and wanted to ask you, what are some camera and equipment's I can use for vlogging where I can see myself on camera? I see a lot of youtubers vlog without using a professional videographer, what are the best cameras with wide screens and can I use a notebook to do videos? thanks again

  11. OhHelloStudios

    So I am a new you tuber and I need a camera that will film and a tripod and all the fantastic stuff so I film not take pictures so can you make a video on how to edit and tripods that’s good I do love the micro tripod so I will get tripods so thank you!

  12. Jenny Wu

    Love that moose is wearing a sweater with a moose in boots ahha

  13. ChocolateStarfish

    Watched all of your video… you’ve put my mind at rest☺️☺️☺️ thank you bro and you really do know your stuff, I’m more landscapes/night time stars etc. I’ve got taking pictures of day time moving objects, sussed that out but trying to get stars at night is impossible, just noise

  14. ChocolateStarfish

    I’m only 1:54 in….. thank you so much for sharing this👍🏻☺️…. I’ve had a tripod for ages and not used it, I’m very new to photography. I’m learning very slowly and thanks to people like you, it makes my new hobby worth it…. thanks again bro😉☺️👍🏻

  15. baycop09

    Was just watching this and a lot of the links are out of date. I am really looking for a lightweight tripod to carry while hiking that won't break the bank. Any suggestions?

  16. Kenneth Ravelo

    It's a HEAD, moron. Do your research first before you make your videos.

  17. Isn0gud

    in case you mind: they just copied your words 1:1 watch?v=_ftfI-jSkKY

  18. Sofie Klomp

    What camera did you use filming this video and which camera is on the tripod?

  19. Freeway Highway

    Tripod on bridge really??? 😂😂😂😂 The amount of efforts

  20. Rafael Erum

    …i love all your videos, moose!…you are an awesome guy your my favorite…may i ask a request?

    …can you make a content on how to use flash ttl mode vs manual mode and when to use these two…thanks a lot, God bless

  21. Rajesh R

    Great video, neat and crisp. thank you

  22. Yogesh kumar

    Awesome video. Could you pls tell me the model of big tripod?

  23. Scotty Morris

    I know y'all aren't an advice forum, but I gotta ask… what's a good stabilizing solution for taking photos from ground level? Most tripods can get low to the ground, but I'm looking for a solution where the base is naturally compact and not too tall (so I'm not constantly lowering something). This is for night photos, so I need it secure (FYI, I've seen the bean bag options).

  24. Miley onDisney

    From iso.org: "Because 'International Organization for Standardization' would have different acronyms in different languages (IOS in English, OIN in French for Organisation internationale de normalisation), our founders decided to give it the short form ISO. ISO is derived from the Greek isos, meaning equal. Whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always ISO."
    It's a word 'iso', not an acronym 'I-S-O'. Think isometric or isosceles.

  25. T C

    great post and good advice coming from a newbie like me. Trying my hand at astrophotography and a good tripod is paramount! so to those who think that this is a hobby they would stick with…this is the voice of reason…

  26. Liam Ivarsson

    Can I use a modern tripod with an old slr camera? It has a hole in the bottom to mount. Please answer!!

  27. tean tan

    Camera body with IBIS images are taken can still stay sharp at a shutter speed at 1/5 sec.

  28. stuntmouse 2.0

    Moose, just want to say that I really enjoy your series of videos. Presented in a very easy to understand way for us beginners! Thank you!

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