Capturing photos with a tripod may sound easy, but there are tips one needs to know to get quality images. Highlighted tips will help generate sharp prints using a tripod.
Utilize the Mirror Lock-up Quality on the Camera
A digital camera has a mirror inside that exposes the image sensor when the shutter release button is pressed. The movement of the mirror causes shakes on the camera while on a tripod affecting photo clarity. The shake is mostly visible when the shutter speed is slowed down. Activate the mirror lock-up feature on the camera manually to eliminate the movement.
Work with 2- Second Timer
The 2-second timer property prevents camera shaking upon pressing the shutter button. There will always be a minor shake even when the camera is resting on a tripod during shooting. The feature absorbs the shaking before the photo is exposed. Get a cable or a remote shutter to click pictures without touching the camera due to their wireless characteristics. The images captured are tack- sharp.
Avoid Extending the Tripod legs
There is no need to extend tripod legs when shooting. The more the tripod extension, the weaker it becomes. The weakness is mostly felt when performing landscape shootings in a windy environment. When there is a need to extend the legs start by opening the topmost part moving downwards. If possible, avoid stretching the tripod neck as its causes the camera shakes.
Set the right ISO
ISO is an element for controlling exposure. When shooting, set the lowest ISO to reduce the camera image sensor sensitivity to light. Lower ISO reduces grain and noise possibilities when the camera is on a tripod. When shooting in limited light conditions, a person may be quick to use high ISO to compensate for the light, but noise is introduced to the images rather than clarity. The photographer is assured of clean and sharp images when ISO sensitivity is set at a minimum.
Switch off the image stabilization
Some lenses have image stabilization features. These features are better utilized on high shutter speed shooting on a tripod but not at a slow rate. When the image stabilization is switched on, it causes minor shakes that reach the camera. It is advisable to switch off the lenses’ features to get rid of these shakes to generate sharp images.
The highlighted tips will help in getting sharper images when capturing photos with a tripod. Try them out and see the difference.