Getting a flimsy tripod.
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.