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Platypod Pro Review: Big Support in a Tiny Package

All photographers, at some point in their journey, come to a place where they wish they had a tripod, but don’t have one with them.  Perhaps tripods aren’t allowed where you are shooting.  Maybe it just isn’t practical to carry a tripod where you are going.  There are times that the tripod is left at home, or in the car, …

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Reviewing the Oben CT-3561 Compact Travel Tripod with BE-117T Ball Head

As a landscape photographer, a tripod is an absolute necessity.  There is simply no other way to capture sharp images in the best light (sunrise and sunset) or show any kind of motion without a good sturdy base upon which to rest your camera for long exposures. The Tripod Trap I remember reading a blog post about tripods years ago.  …

A Review of the Tripod Brands: Some lesser-known facts

Buying a tripod is an absolutely agonizing process.  I was reminded of my past experiences in buying a tripod when I listened to a podcast from Marko Kulik this week.  Unless you’re an absolute beginner in photography, you already know how important a rock solid tripod and ballhead can be.  If you buy a high-quality tripod, you will likely own …

Do I need a new tripod?

When I conduct landscape photography workshops, the first thing I notice is the expensive equipment that many of the participants have.  Brand spanking new 5D Mark IIs, 70-200mm lenses, etc.  It amazes me how many photographers buy so much gear before they finally listen to the oft repeated but seldom followed advice to buy a professional tripod and a decent …