My Three Legged Friend

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My trusty Manfrotto CX190
Now there seems to be a popular conception that Landscape Photographers, of which I class myself as one, always use tripods. Now I'll grant you that if you were to turn up on many of the landscape photography honeypots, you'll see photographers jostling for position and trying to get their tripod in exactly the same position as Mr X used when he made his famous image. No more is this true then when there are a group of photographers on some sort of an outing.

However, being the un-conventional person I am, I don't necessarily go along with this. Yes I own a tripod, a very nice Manfrotto carbon fibre one. but like any other photography tool I believe it should only be used when needed. What do I mean by when needed?. Well these are my rules.

  1. When the shutter speed is so long than you can't make a sharp image when hand holding the camera. This could be because the lighting conditions are such that coupled with the aperture you're using for the required depth of field makes a slow shutter speed essential
  2. It could be that you want to use a slow shutter speed to capture movement in water/leaves/clouds, using one of those oh so popular 10 stop filters
  3. You want to make a thoughtful composition. Putting the camera on a tripod gives you a better chance of studying the detail of your image and making slight tweaks to perfect it. It also slows you down and prevents you coming home with lots of very similar images
  4. You want to make a blend of exposures
  5. You want to make a panorama
Well that's my list. I'd be interested to see if yours is different.