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    I Have a Tripod... Now What?

    Okay... I now have a tripod. I've read the manual on the legs, and the head and think I know how to operate it.

    My question is... What do I do now? Seriously... I probably don't want to pack it 8 miles up the trail first thing. Do I take pictures of stuff inside... in the yard... how do I get started?
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    Go find some flowing water and do some long exposures for the smooth cottony looking water - that's always fun. Works with waves on the beach at sunrise/sunset too.

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    Test, test, test. Experiment, Experiment, Experiment. Shoot, shoot, shoot!

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    Re: I Have Tripod... Now What?

    Compare your handheld images to shots taken with the tripod.

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    Do some long exposure photography of water, car light trails, star trails, sunsets, after sunsets, sunrises, pre-sunrises, take some shots of yourself, do some multiple shot HDR images...

    The world is your lobster!

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    Out of interest what tripod did you do for in the end? I am interested as I have a heavyish Manfrotto that I used for bird watching and wondering whether it is work investing in a lighter one for photography. It would be good to see some with/without tripod images to compare.

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    Many possible scenarios as stated above, just take a look around here to see the results gained from long exposure etc.

    I never carry a tripod as the stuff that interests me, it would only hinder the way I do things but for pin sharp HDR and stuff you should just play as much as possible. Going the whole hog, use a remote or the inbuilt timer for 100% vibration free.

    The fun starts with experimenting.

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    Re: I Have Tripod... Now What?

    Quote Originally Posted by ktuli View Post
    Go find some flowing water and do some long exposures for the smooth cottony looking water - that's always fun. Works with waves on the beach at sunrise/sunset too.

    - Bill
    Will do, Sir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiro View Post
    Test, test, test. Experiment, Experiment, Experiment. Shoot, shoot, shoot!
    Got it, Willie... or... the man with many avatars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Compare your handheld images to shots taken with the tripod.
    Thanks for that idea... that should be very helpful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockNGoalStar View Post
    Do some long exposure photography of water, car light trails, star trails, sunsets, after sunsets, sunrises, pre-sunrises, take some shots of yourself, do some multiple shot HDR images...

    The world is your lobster!
    Thanks, Tommy. Those are lots of great suggestions. I don't eat lobster. Chicken... I eat a lot of chicken... or steak. The world is my chicken or cow doesn't sound nearly as dramatic, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedictine View Post
    Out of interest what tripod did you do for in the end? I am interested as I have a heavyish Manfrotto that I used for bird watching and wondering whether it is work investing in a lighter one for photography. It would be good to see some with/without tripod images to compare.

    Andrew-Bede

    Hi, Andrew-Bede. My tripod was a gift to me so it may not be the best or lightest or what I would have chosen if I had a good amount of money to spend but it will do what I need it to do. It is just a tad heavier than what I was looking at... not much just a little, so I'll just workout a bit more.

    It is a Vanguard Alta Pro 263 with a Vanguard SBH 100 ballhead.

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    Re: I Have Tripod... Now What?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldgeezer View Post
    Many possible scenarios as stated above, just take a look around here to see the results gained from long exposure etc.

    I never carry a tripod as the stuff that interests me, it would only hinder the way I do things but for pin sharp HDR and stuff you should just play as much as possible. Going the whole hog, use a remote or the inbuilt timer for 100% vibration free.

    The fun starts with experimenting.
    Thanks, Pete!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovelucydog View Post
    Hi, Andrew-Bede. My tripod was a gift to me so it may not be the best or lightest or what I would have chosen if I had a good amount of money to spend but it will do what I need it to do and I am grateful and super excited to have it!!!! It is just a tad heavier than what I was looking at... not much... just a little, so I'll just workout a bit more.

    It is a Vanguard Alta Pro 263 with a Vanguard SBH 100 ballhead.

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    Mary,

    Please do let us know what you think of that combo. I just picked up a Manfrotto and a grip head, but will probably look for a decent regular ballhead as well.

    - Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktuli View Post
    Mary,

    Please do let us know what you think of that combo. I just picked up a Manfrotto and a grip head, but will probably look for a decent regular ballhead as well.

    - Bill
    I will... but... since I started out clueless... my viewpoint... well... you know what I mean.

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    Now its party time
    Now keep carrying those extra kilos with yourself for nothing

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    Self portraits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovelucydog View Post
    I will... but... since I started out clueless... my viewpoint... well... you know what I mean.
    Yeah - it means that your assessment will be unbiased and genuine. Though I wouldn't use the word 'clueless' - maybe a little less experienced, but not clueless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktuli View Post
    Yeah - it means that your assessment will be unbiased and genuine. Though I wouldn't use the word 'clueless' - maybe a little less experienced, but not clueless.

    - Bill
    You're very kind.

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