Tripods and Monopods Buying Guide
A good tripod is the photo and film enthusiasts three-legged friend - a reliable and supportive companion for a rnage of photography, including shooting at slow shutter speeds in low light, capturing landscapes, plus macro close-ups, portaraits and formal groups.
While outward-bound photographers should seek out lightweight tripods with a minimal 'closed height' for easy carrying, the key factors when choosing a model is that it holds the heaviest camera in your kit and its largest lensat a range of heights for shooting at angles.
A ball and socket or 3 way pan and tilt head is a must for tracking moving subjects, and a real boon for shooting smooth, professional footage with a camcorder.
Low light photography
Shooting at slow shutter speeds is made simple by locking the camera in place for steady long exposures. Look out for the new Velbon range, which combines great quality with value for money.
Eliminate camera shake in close-ups for successful still-life and nature photography. Check out the Jessops Digi Pod and Micro Models.
Behind most stunning landscape shots is the steady support of a tripod, giving versatile exposure and point of view options. For spot on composition choose one that extends to a good height range and has a built-in spirit level.