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Why Tripods Are Sometimes Overrated for Landscape Photography

Perhaps no accessory is more strongly associated with landscape photography than the tripod, and for good reason. That being said, some photographers insist on using them for every shot, no matter the circumstances. Can that actually be a hindrance? This great video dives into the use of tripods in landscape photography and why sometimes, it is better to just hold your camera. 

Coming to you from James Popsys, this interesting video discusses the use of tripods in landscape photography and why sometimes, it is better to go without them. I generally agree with Popsys. This is not to say that tripods are not a worthwhile tool; they are tremendously useful and a necessity for many different shots. However, if you are photographing with plenty of available light and not doing something special like a long exposure, do you really need one? And if you do not, would you be better off freeing yourself from the logistical burden of lugging it around and moving and readjusting it for every new image? Arguably, you can take more (and possibly better photos) if you stick to just holding your camera. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Popsys.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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