Tripods and monopods

 

A blurred image.One of the most common annoyances in photography is taking pictures that turn out blurry – like the photo on the right.
 
 Blurry images are the result of motion – either the subject you’re photographing is moving or the camera itself is moving or shaking.
 
 Using a fast shutter speed is one way to capture clear, sharp images, but sometimes the situation necessitates using a slow one. For example, taking high-quality pictures in a low-light setting is very difficult without using a slow shutter speed. Also, the use of telephoto and zoom lenses are virtually guaranteed to result in blurry images.
 
 The only thing you can do when photographing a moving subject like a football player running downfield is to adjust your camera’s shutter speed, ISO and aperture to “freeze” the motion. Most digital cameras have a sports setting that does this for you, but you will often get better results by adjusting these settings manually.
 
 The problem of camera shake is much easier to fix however. All you need to do is use a tripod or monopod.
 
 Tripods
 
 A Tripod.A tripod is simply a camera stand that is mounted on three adjustable legs that holds the camera completely still while you’re taking a picture.
 
 Using a tripod allows you to use very slow shutter speeds and zoom in on distant objects without the fear of ending up with blurry pictures – especially when used in conjunction with the self-timer or a remote.
 
 Monopods
 
 A monopod is similar to a tripod except there is just one leg – basically, you have your camera mounted on the end of a collapsible A Monopod.stick.
 
  Monopods are typically used when the photographer needs to steady the camera while still maintaining the ability to move around very quickly. If you have ever watched a NASCAR race I’m sure you saw the photographers running around with their monopod-mounted cameras.
 
 Monopods are adequate replacements for tripods in many situations, but keep in mind that extremely low-light conditions will always require a tripod as will using a slow shutter speed.