Hello readers, it’s Jay here. Many of us in Journalism are restarting our blogs, but I am creating my blog. In this blog, I will be teaching you how to create really cool photographs while integrating anything from high-end, fancy-smancy tech, to DIY accessories made from items found around your house.
In this first blog post, I will cover something that is essential to any photographer. Whether you are a sports photographer, landscape photographer, or any other kind, you must have a tripod.
There are so many different types and sizes of tripods. You have your high-end professional ones that are big, bulky, and very sturdy. They usually cost a lot of money. It is rare to find a tripod that is sturdy that won’t also break the bank!
But recently, I went out to Michael’s craft store and found a portable tripod. It was priced at $19, which is a very good price for a tripod. I have used it in a few situations over the past two weeks. So far, I am happy with it, but I will not be using it for all of my pictures.
Over the Thanksgiving break, I assisted my uncle in filming a video about his boat. I used the tripod to film all of the shots. Sadly, the ball mount on the top was not strong enough to support my DSLR. But, it was great to use as a camera stabilizer with the camera strap around my neck and the tripod as a handle.
If you do not want to go out and buy a tripod from the store, then there is a simple way to make a “tripod” with something that is found in most households. String. That’s right, string. If you need a quick stabilizer for a still shot, or a steady picture, then you can use string to form a stabilizer.
First, you thread the string through the slots on both sides of the camera where you would put the camera strap. Loop the string to the floor and tie a knot. In essence, you will be creating a triangle with your feet in the triangle as the bottom two points, and the camera as the top of the triangle. Pull the camera taught, and there you go. A simple way to create a tripod. It will not be completely stable, as it would be with a real one, but this trick is very helpful to give a more professional look to you video and photography.
Thank you guys for reading the blog, and look for my next posts where I will help you guys explore the word of photography with as little hassle as possible!