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Pete's Tips 7 - stablise a tripod


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Pete's Tips 7 - stablise a tripod

19 Apr 2009 10:16AM   Views : 307 Unique : 262

It's been a while since I've added a tip so here goes.

I spotted a feature on a Giottos tripod the other day that reminded me of a useful stability tip you could try.

One way to make your tripod much more stable is to weigh it down. Doing so will make it seem like a more expensive heavy duty model. The easiest way is to carry a plastic shopping bag (or better still one of the new recyclable canvas ones). When you get to your location look around for some heavy objects - bricks or stones are good. Slip one of the bag's carry handles over the centre column so it's resting on the collar, just below where the three legs meet. Fill the bag with the stones and pull the other carry handle over to stop it dangling to one side. This heavy weight will pull the tripod down making it rigid and super firm.

Another option is to use your camera holdall as the weight. If you arrange it well you can also have waist-height access to your compartments when reaching for filters etc.

The reason the Giottos reminded me of this tip is that there's a hook built in to the base of the centre column.

Tags: Tip Stable tripod Support


riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
19 Apr 2009 1:18PM
yep, good one, tripods are never sturdy enough (and tripping over them can have some disastrous results, especially if they are light, as I've found out)

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LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
19 Apr 2009 1:26PM
Great tip, which I will try. There have been to many times where I have accidentally kicked my tripod, and almost knocked it over. I actually did knock it over once.....not good.
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
19 Apr 2009 4:55PM

Quote:There have been to many times where I have accidentally kicked my tripod, and almost knocked it over

Lol...well with my tip you'll end up on the floor when you trip up.
LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
19 Apr 2009 5:07PM
Lol....good to know. Wink
conrad 13 10.9k 116
20 Apr 2009 3:09PM
Good tip.

Did you run out of w's, or are we getting a Who?, Where? or Wither? blog next? Wink

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