Tripods are extremely helpful when it comes to the event photography field. They are absolute requirements and event photographers out there just cannot afford to not have it with them when they are covering their own events. A tripod is probably one of the most important accessories that you can invest in after your main camera and gear. It is something that can be extremely convenient to have around. It can be set up in a matter of seconds. It is something that is fairly easy to bring around with you because it comes with a sling-like bag (most times). However, in event photography, it is also one of the most misused items in the book. If you want things to pretty much be smooth sailing for you and for your photo shooting experience, read up on a few common event photography missteps taken here.
Extending the center column
Most experts in event photography usually make the mistake of extending the center column before they even extend the legs all the way through. Although it may be a given fact that the center columns that tripods come along with is something that is meant to be extended for the purposes of elevated height, it is not exactly meant to be the first thing to be extended if you need a little elevation for your camera. Extending the center column a bit more would mean that you are risking a less stable plat form for your camera and that is something that you might want to delay as much as possible. Extend the legs all the way out first and if after that, you find that you still do not have the kind of elevation that you need, that is the time that you touch the center column. Do this with caution though because center columns are really tricky to deal with one way or the other.
A lot of the tripods out there usually come with a spirit level that is pretty much built into the tripod’s shoulders. This will in turn make sure that you are able to get your camera properly balanced and so that you get to have the best kind of proportions for the images that you are able to take. It also doubles in making sure that your tripod is always properly balanced at some point. This is to make sure that your tripod is something that is firmly planted on the ground and that it will firmly support your camera. Make sure that this is something that you actually get to check so that you will more or less secure your camera at all times. Just the slightest kink in the angle can have your camera crashing down and that is not something that any expert in event photography should be willing to risk.
Tripods are extremely helpful to you and to your event photography craft and should be something that you are able to really use properly. All of the slightest missteps along the way may mean damage to your equipment or gear and that should be something that you should avoid and take note of at all times.