I happened upon this impromptu photography class on the beach in Puerto Vallarta earlier this year. My first impression was that the students were getting their money’s worth.
The tell? Every student was using a tripod. It was like watching a three-legged race in which every participant was a winner.
These collapsable wonders are the great equalizer in photography. The best camera and the best lens in the hands of a shaky operator are no match for any budget rig that’s attached to a tripod.
I’m not familiar with how high-end gear sellers do business with their well-heeled customers, but if I was in that line I’d include a free tripod with any big-ticket purchase.
It’s been a while since my work necessitated a tripod. But I still carry a monopod everywhere I go. If you’re not familiar with a monopod, it’s just like a tripod except it has two fewer legs and requires a little practice to get the same result.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.