The tripod is an essential piece of kit when shooting landscapes. Sunrise, sunset and ‘Golden hour’ are the most popular times to shoot landscapes and are all low light events.

Less light requires a longer exposure, do you think you can hold your camera still for 1 second, 1.5 seconds, try it…

When most people start out they make the same mistake, they think ‘how often will I need it?’ ‘How much difference can it make if I buy the cheaper one?’

Rule of thumb as in most walks of life ‘buy cheap and you’ll buy twice’.

Think of it this way, you’ve spent £500-2000 on a camera, £300-2500 on a lens, even a midrange setup your looking at around £800, and your balancing it on three legs in the middle of rough terrain.

A good tripod should be sturdy and have a good range of movement on the legs. A bargain basement tripod will not stand up to wind and rough terrain, you may think its doing okay but the smallest movement can ruin a shot. Choose a reputable brand.

When purchasing a tripod check the maximum load capacity, ensure that it will take your camera and your largest lens.

Personal preference;

I own two Manfrotto tripods, the Manfrotto compact tripod which is light weight and great for lugging around for local shoots. The Manfrotto 190, this is a real sturdy tripod that is also really versatile. I am yet to find a situation that this tripod can’t handle.

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