No Tripod? Then make your own!

When you’re out and about photographing, you may not necessarily have all of your equipment with you. If you’re outside and realize you don’t have something to make the picture that you want, improvise and work with what you have in front of you.

Nikon D800, 1.0 sec., f/16, ISO 100, 14mm

Nikon D800, 1.0 sec., f/16, ISO 100, 14mm

Take this photo for example. I really wanted to capture the people taking their pictures with the statue in the centre. I envisioned them sharp in my photo because they’re sitting still, while everybody else around them are blurred because of their movement. To do this most effectively, I would have liked a tripod to keep my camera stationary.

Since I didn’t have one with me, I found a ledge on the top floor that was angled slightly downward. This, coupled with my wide angle lens, gave a great angle for my camera to capture the entire ground floor with the vision I had in mind. It worked out well in my opinion, as the couple stayed there long enough for me to get my one second exposure.

All this all because I looked around for the best place to take my photo, given the equipment that I had with me.

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