Create an Ad-Hoc “tripod”


Sometimes, you want to take a photo of something, but the lighting is poor and you’re without a good tripod. Say, for example, your tripod is in the car, and you would miss an opportunity if you left to grab it. If your camera is small enough, you can prop it on almost anything and set a timer and you’re set. A tripod would be ideal, of course, but there’s no reason to miss a shot because you don’t have your tripod with you. Use whatever is available. I’ve used plates, books, shot glasses, my camera bag, and the list goes on. If you have a heavy lens on the front of your camera, you will need a spacer of some sort. Use your lens cap or a filter case as a spacer.

Again, the idea is not to replace the tripod. But in a pinch, there’s always something you can use.


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D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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