A tripod is one of the most important and useful accessories that wedding photographers should get their hands on. It can be used in so many different ways and at the end of the day, may even be the perfect solutions to any photography issues that may come up somewhere in between the shoot. They are not that expensive and they come with carrying slings so lugging them around with the rest of the equipment that you may already have may not be too hard of a thing if you include them in your gear.
One thing that most wedding photographers get wrong though (even the professional ones at times), is the proper usage of the tripod. Although it may be true that it does come with a lot of uses, there are also a lot of times wherein this is being used incorrectly. It is not surprising because sometimes, the right way of using them are not always that obvious. It pays if you know them though. Here are a few common mistakes that wedding photographers make with their tripods and how to correct them.
Invest in filmsy tripods
Wedding photographers sometimes cheapen out and invest in flimsy tripods because they cost less. Being strapped for cash after making major purchases such as cameras and lenses can be an all too common predicament for new wedding photographers out there. However, what they are not realizing is that they are actually risking damaging their main equipment and gear which actually cost so much more. Flimsy tripods are unable to provide the kind of durability and stability the high quality ones are able to provide. It may not hold your camera as steady as you want them to and may be knocked over by a strong enough breeze. Think of it as a long term investment and get a high quality tripod instead.
Leave tripod behind
Leaving the tripod behind thinking that they will not need it for the shoot is also another common mistake that wedding photographers make. Why bother buying it when you don’t end up using it anyway? However, you will be getting the best results if you pair your tripod up with cameras that have high pixel count. The camera needs to be absolutely still and that is where the tripod comes in handy. Try to buy a tripod that can be transported easily instead if you think this can be an issue for you when it comes to having to lug it around during the coverage of your wedding gigs.
Extend center column
Another common mistake wedding photographers make with their tripods is that they extend the center column when they want an elevated height. You should only do this as a last resort. Check to see if you have the legs fully extended first and that is the time for you to adjust the center column. The center column risks less stability once extended so make sure that you go about this as carefully as you possibly can. It only takes a split second to see your expensive gear come crashing down.