Today we’ll talk about the basic components of a camera tripod. If you decided, based upon my last article, that you won’t be using a tripod very often, you will be looking for a tripod in the low cost range. These typically include all of the components – legs, head, and feet (rubber or plastic), in one kit. A separate leg that runs through the middle of the tripod (Centerpost) may also be included to raise the tripod head above the tripod.
A more expensive camera tripod kit will typically include only the legs and a set of removable feet, allowing the user to freely choose an appropriate head and alternate feet from an assortment separate kits. This will allow you to choose the type of head and feet that are best for your type of photography.
Beginning with the feet, your easiest decision, the rubber feet that typically come with a camera tripod will work just fine for indoor or most outdoor photography. If you plan to shoot in an icy or rainy environment, you may need to purchase metal spikes to replace your rubber feet. These just screw onto the bottom of the legs, which we will continue with next time. Until then, happy shuttering!