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Alley Cat's tips to great photography

There are many varieties of stands. It comes down to what the end product is desired to be and the conditions.

Follow this column for photography techniques and advice from Alison Watkins.

Chapter 22: Tripods and Mounts

Tripods are helpful in a number of situations, like planning out a shot, keeping the camera still, and for long exposure photography techniques (if you missed that chapter you can check it out HERE). For long exposure, a tripod is necessary, or using a flat surface like the floor (but I don’t suggest putting the camera on the floor) or a table.

There are lots of different ways to keep a camera still and to set up a specific shot.

There is the classic tripod which the name derived from the prefix “tri-” for three legs. There are multiple sizes of tripods ranging from a foot tall to seven feet tall. Most extend from a smaller size for more transportable uses. Tripods can take up a lot of space when fully extended, but they are more sturdy.

To take up less space you can use a monopod. As the name implies it has only one leg. A monopod helps for slower shutter speeds or when your focal length exceeds the desired shutter speed. Monopods are not conducive to long exposure since they are less sturdy compared to tripods, as you still have to hold them.

There are mounts that you can use to attach a camera to special or abnormal places. These can be permanent or temporary. Most mounts are great for GoPros and smaller cameras. Others can handle larger, heavier cameras. Be sure the mount being used is rated for the weight of the camera.

Magic arms and super clamps are amazing for places where a camera must be in a peculiar spot. There are normally attached to an edge or pole to have a sturdy grip.

When traveling, I always take my camera and accessories for what I think I will run into. Typical items include certain lenses, reflectors, and a steadying device. A regular tripod might be too big for certain trips, but there are mini tripods available that can easily be taken anywhere.

Next week I will be discussing motion photography. Check back at the same Alley Cat time, same Alley Cat channel!


Alley Cat's
Photo Tips


Start shooting
Sunrises and Sunsets
Black and White
Long Exposure
Shoot in RAW
Back Button Focusing
The Challenges of      
      Sports Photography
Studio Photography
FX and DX
Street Photography
Painting with Light
Bokeh vs. Blurry
Tripods and Mounts
File Naming and

-Printing and Resolution

-Paid Gigs
-Gadgets and Gizmos
-Film Photography


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