As a Lancashire wedding photographer, you will be making a lot of investments first before you will find yourself completely equipped to run a wedding photography business. A tripod is one of the most basic of photography equipments out there and should hands down be right on your must have list right after the cameras and the lenses. There are a lot of ways that a wedding photographer can get to misuse the tripod though and that is something that you should watch out for.
One common tripod mistake that a wedding photographer usually commits is the aspect of going for a cheaper but flimsier tripod. Do not fall for the short term appeal of spending fewer bucks than usual. At the end of the day, you will only get what you pay for and when you pay for something cheap for something as basic and rudimentary as a tripod, you will be getting something that will not be able to deliver on its promise of stability and support for your camera at the end of the day.
A flimsy tripod means that your gear can topple over any time with the slightest gust of wind and can lose its balance with the lengthy focal length that a lot of lenses may come with. It is not a risk worth taking. If you do not have enough money just yet to buy yourself a high quality tripod, and then wait it out instead. In the meantime, you can always borrow or rent one out for your wedding photography gigs.
Leaving the tripod behind altogether.
And then there are some wedding photographers who may already have the tripod that they need in the first place but find it a bit too much trouble to actually bring the tripod with them to work to use it. Do not be one of these wedding photographers. You have to keep in mind of the fact that you went out and purchased the tripod in the first place, that speaks volumes when it comes to the aspect of necessity.
Bring it along with you no matter what because when it all comes down to it, for as far as wedding photography is concerned, it is something that you will need in the coverage of the wedding and there will always be a use for it, period. If bringing it around is such an issue for you, then go for a tripod that is built for mobility. It may come in a little pricier than the regular tripods out there but it is money that is worth paying for when you come to think of it.
Extending the center column first.
If you feel the need for an elevated angle for your camera, you should not reach out for the center column of the tripod just yet because it is the most sensitive spot in the tripod. it is basically the Achilles’ heel of the tripod and should be something that you should tread carefully with. Extend the legs first instead.
Wedding photographers who are new to the business usually make the mistake of cheapening out on the tripod and opting for something that is substandard and oftentimes flimsy. This is a mistake that you should not make. Although you may initially think that you are technically striking a bargain, you will overall end up doing far more harm than good. As a professional, you have already sacrificed a lot and you have already spend so much on your photography gear. You might as well take it all the way and make sure that you get a high quality tripod to support it for all of those times wherein you need added stability during low light photo shoots. A cheap and flimsy tripod runs a risk of toppling the entire thing over, tripod, camera and all, to the ground after a soft gust of wind or something fairly commonplace goes by it. That is not a risk worth taking.
Pool up enough funds to make one big buy and you are guaranteed to be able to use it for probably the entire span of your career. If you cannot afford one just yet, then borrow or rent one from your friends who might be fellow wedding photographers themselves.
Lazy to bring
Another common mistake that wedding photographers make when it comes to the use of their tripods is that they get lazy and opt out of bringing it with them at all during their wedding event shoots. They will sometimes argue with themselves saying that they can more or less take the photos just find without the added support and that the tripod will just be extra weight that they will have to lug around with them when they are moving from one area to another. The truth of the matter is that a tripod will exponentially increase the overall quality of the photos that you take, period. This is not a point of discussion or argument but it has been tested and proven several times over.
Low light shoot
Plus, you never really know when you come across some low light areas and a tripod can really help in providing added stability and in minimizing any camera shakes due to the camera shifting to a slower shutter speed setting. If you find this to be a bit of a hassle to have to carry around with you, then opt to buy a tripod that will allow you the luxury of easy transport. It can cost a little bit more than the regular tripod but it is money worth spending.
Wedding photographers also make the all too common mistake of extending the center column of the tripod first when they need a little bit of elevation for their camera angles. This should not be the case. The first thing that you should extend would have to be the legs of the tripod. If after you have fully extended the legs and you find that you still need additional elevation, then that should be the time for you to extend the center column. Proceed with caution because the center column tends to be a weak spot for tripods.