With & Without

I have a good tripod but have resisted learning how to use it properly.  I justify this by telling myself that I don’t really need it for the camera I have, and the shots I take.

But even in these days of Photoshop, sometimes seeing is believing.  Below, two early-morning shots at the beach: the first without a tripod, the second with.

The truth is that I don’t need a tripod . . . unless I want to take more kinds of photographs.

Fuzzy photo of Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach at sunrise.

Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach at sunrise



  1. Jim Robertson

    Yes Isabel, the dilemma of the darned tripod. Used one for years, then backed off, much to my detriment.

    They are a pain in the butt, but they can save your butt with many images.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Alison – I’ve used a mono/unipod a few times, but not enough to be good at it. Somehow the angle is never right. For static images in low light conditions, a tripod is better for me. For chasing flying birds, there appears to be no solution other than taking a lot of photos!

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