Earlier, I have discussed about Choosing your Lens on different styles of photography. Now, I will be tackling on choosing your tripod.
Tripods are used to sharpen your images and eliminate any shakes that could distort or compromise your image's sharpness. This is particularly useful when using longer exposures or when doing telephoto shots. On choosing your tripod, you must consider three things: the tripod's weight, height and the ease of use. Let's discuss each one.
A heavier tripod provides more stability than the lighter ones. Pretty much self-explanatory. A good rule is to purchase the heaviest tripod you are willing to carry the typical distance that you photograph away from your vehicle or house. The downside is that you'll restrict yourself by the distance you are willing to carry the tripod, hence, a limited choice of angles.
When purchasing a tripod, an important aspect to look for is the height. The combination of the tripod, tripod head, and camera should allow you the viewfinder to beat your eye level when you are standing straight up. If the tripod is too short, you may experience some back pains from constantly bending over to photograph. Also, look for tripods in which their height can be adjusted easily so as to keep your shots as unique as possible.
Ease of Use
The most important thing is that you are comfortable using your tripod. Choose one that suits your style. Various tripods are available ranging from the classic standard tripod to your gorillapods, which would be useful in any opportunity.
Things to Remember:
When purchasing a tripod, do a test drive. Bring your camera gear to the store and try the various tripods discussed in this article. The ergonomics of the tripod are also important. Some tripods feel better than others. For example, some companies use levers to adjust the legs; other companies use knobs. Find out which one works better for you. Your personal choice is the determining factor in the decisions you will need to make when purchasing a tripod.