The legs of a tripod also come in differing numbers of sections and clamping systems. When selecting, choose a height that allows you to stand erect while viewing your object through the viewfinder. This will limit stress on your back and shoulders.
When the legs are extended, the leg sections will be locked in position with a clip or a twisting collar. The clips may feel more secure, but they are impacted by grit and sand. In cold weather they can also be painful to use. The twisting collars are more visually appealing (they don’t stick out) and are simple to use, but lower quality collars may slip over time.
There are two basic types of tripod heads: ball heads and three-way heads. Ball heads have a single locking screw. When you loosen the screw you can move the camera in any direction. This makes them perfect for most types of photography. They are also less expensive, lighter, and more compact.
Three-way heads are more effective for the professional. They feature more precise framing and small adjustments. These are also very advantageous if you are taking panoramic shots, as you can leave the vertical adjustment locked and pan in the horizontal. Until next time, Happy Shuttering!