From everything I read and everything I hear a tripod is an essential piece of equipment for a photographer. I don’t consider myself a photographer however, I do really enjoy taking photos and sometimes I get lucky. I am always critiquing my photos and looking at those of others with the thoughts of finding what I like about the photo and what I don’t. I hope this will help me to focus on the image I want to capture before pressing the shutter button. However, I have found more times than not, I have captured the image but to my dismay the shot is not as sharp or clear as I would like. I decided to take the next step in the procession, of hopefully, taking better photos and purchase a tripod. I have started looking around.
What I know I want is one which is sturdy, light weight, easy to set up, and it must have a quick camera release. Am I asking too much? I question how often I will use it. Do most of you carry a tripod around with you? It seems as if it would be a hassle to lug around. What features should I be looking for? What do you like or dislike about your tripod? Can you recommend a brand or model? I would really appreciate any help in making this decision. Yes, I am asking for your two cents. I plan on purchasing one prior to my trip to the refuge for the spring migration.
Thanks ~ Trish