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Great tools can change the way you see.

Discover my go to gear in this free eBook.

You’ll learn what I use and why I use it.

Table of Contents

1    Cameras

2    Lenses

3    Trip Essentials

4    Computers & Accessories

5    Color Management

6    Printing

Plus, my Gear Guide includes links to many helpful resources.

Download it here.

This is one of the accessories that make using a tripod easier, more fun and more intuitive. This grip is so fluid it doesn’t get in my way. I can move more freely. That means I make images more freely. That means I make more images. That means I make more interesting pictures. That means I make better pictures. The best tripod head may not be the sturdiest, it may be the most fluid. Strike the balance you’re most comfortable with.

There are sturdier heads. If you need super-stability (perhaps you have a very heavy camera or use super long lenses) this may not be the head for you. But it’s plenty steady for me (even with my Canon 1DSMKIII and 100-400 IS zoom).

Check out this product and many others I use in my AStore here.
Check out my PDF Reviews here.

Check out my field workshops here.
Get a 20% discount on my Iceland (8/18-22) workshop here – expires 8/10.
Get a 15% discount on my Fall Foliage (10/17-20) workshop here – until 8/17.
The first 5 Insights Members get $1000 off South America (2/2-14/09), thereafter $250.

One of the keys to using a tripod is making it easy to use. This tripod is light and sturdy. That means I carry it with me – even on long walks. I lash it to my backpack or if I’m walking without my backpack I use a camera strap to sling it over my shoulder. It’s all well and good to say “I will use my tripod more!” But it’s like a diet or an exercise routine. You have to make it easy and fun to actually stick with it for the long haul. Get a tripod you like, not what you should like. And use it!

As an aside, many people use tripods to slow down and make more considered images. Try making pictures exclusively without a tripod. Then try making pictures exclusively with a tripod. Compare your experiences. It’s not better or worse, it’s different. Note the differences and what they helped you accomplish and how they affected the way you related to your equipment and subject. Then, next time, choose whether to use a tripod or not to get specific results. It’s a simple thing really. But it makes a big difference!

Check out this product and many others I use in my AStore here.
Check out my PDF Reviews here.

Check out my field workshops here.
Get a 20% discount on my Iceland (8/18-22) workshop here – expires 8/10.
Get a 15% discount on my Fall Foliage (10/17-20) workshop here – until 8/17.
The first 5 Insights Members get $1000 off South America (2/2-14/09), thereafter $250.


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