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    Tripod, Is it worth it?

    Hello all,

    I have gotten much better at taking good photographs but.... Well as some of you may have noticed I am not quite there yet.

    I have a Panasonic Digital Camera, and I was thinking of buying a tripod for it to help stabilize it. I plan to sell a heck of a lot on ebay in the next year and need to take the absolute best pics that I can. That said, I don't want to break the bank and buy something uber expensive.

    Now, I was looking on ebay and spotted this:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-Tr...item20bdc72e4d

    My questions are, does the kind of tripod you get matter, and how much does it help?

    Do you guys think that stability is the last issue if you know the settings should be right?
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    All the tripod is going to do is keep your camera still, while giving you a variety of angles. I have a cheap-o tiny tripod that came with my camera. All you have to do is set the delay to 2 seconds on the tripod, click the button and let go.

    I can't imagine there are any significant advantages that would justify the cost of a fancy tripod over something cheap, but having any tripod will provide advantages.

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    I have a small one from WalMart that has the flexible legs and also use the tall tripod from my astronomers telescope (yeah, its the same mount). As Tang said, you just want 2 seconds of stability while you camera's timer does its job
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    Tripods are great but learn to use your camera properly. Use the custom white balance settings and go from there. Good lighting is essential for pro quality shots. Think of camera equipment like buying paints and mini's. Buy the good stuff!!

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    A tripod is essential for shhooting close up work, like everyone has stated it will allow to photograph a steady shot. I also use a quick release cable, so I don't touch the tripod. Though I generally cant be bothered to set up this lot when I'm photographing my minis. I mainly use it for macro work.
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    I have a tripod quite similar to the one you poster, SD. For me it works really well. Like the others say, it's not a miracle worker but it definitely helps in keeping the camera steady. It doesn't sound very expensive for such a tripod, I would say. But maybe it is nice if you can hold and play with it a little to see if it's stable enough.

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    no the price is really cheap. I have two each cost around 100 each, so yeah its pretty cheap for a tripod. Some tripods can go as high as 1000.
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    As thetang says, for taking shots of miniatures you only need a tripod that will keep the camera steady and allow you a couple of different angles so you can take the pic with a 2 sec (or 10 sec if you like waiting) delay to make sure the camera is perfectly still.

    More expensive tripods will probably give you extra height, more stability, more options for resting the camera on uneven surfaces etc.. but unless you plan to take photos of your mins on the side of a volcano or on the back of a rodeo steer it's probably not necessary at this stage. As long as the tripod is high enough to allow you photograph on the table or surface of your choice it'll do.
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    I got a teeny tripod here too (like about 4" tall), that I found invaluable for getting stable shots without having to set up a towering full-size one. I found it more useful than the larger ones too, as I could set up on a table or desk pretty much anywhere in only the time it takes to turn the camera on, and of course it only cost about a fiver.

    I've got a large tripod here too that belongs to a mate, and have only ever used it the once for mini photography. It's just out-performed on all counts by the mini-one, and so it never gets used for this.

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