Here’s a tip you aren’t likely to run across anywhere else!
We know that using a tripod will usually reduce camera shake giving us cleaner, crisper photos. That’s an undisputed fact!
But lugging around an unwieldy tripod can often be a huge challenge, not to mention that much of the time we find ourselves in a position where it’s impossible to use a tripod. There simply isn’t sufficient room.
That is why, the majority of photographers (at least the ones that tend to be concerned enough to want amazing pics) end up buying themselves a monopod.
Just in case you weren’t aware – a monopod has the same type of head and so forth as a tripod, but has the benefit of only using one leg.
This trait can be both good and not so good…
This design makes it lighter and less tiresome to lug around – a monopod can even be employed like a walking stick when you’re hiking through the great oudoors.
However, after one or two uses, most of us come to the realization that using a monopod isn’t any more stable than not using one. What’s more since it has only a single leg, it wiggles around so much that it is usually WORSE than shooting handheld. So we toss our useless piece of photo gear into a closet and then never touch it again.
Big mistake! Your monopod can be entirely as solid as a tripod, it is just that very few of us understnd how to properly work with it.
Generally we use it like a stick with our cameras on the top – rather, we should be using it like our tripod!
Here is how to use a monopod…
First… For a stable platform we must have three legs. Like a tripod. The monopod forms THE FIRST leg, then we use our own two legs, spread apart at a little wider than shoulder width work as the other two legs of the tripod.
Second… Position the monopod in front of you in such a way that when you lean it back to bring the camera to your eye, the monopod forms 45 degrees to the front. You’ll need to increase it’s length by quite a bit to get the 45 degree tilt and yet have it wind up at eye level.
There’s is your tripod, your two legs spread to the side and the monopods’ leg extended to the front…
Third… Your camera has to be attached to a swivel mounting head. Tilt it forward so that way when you lean the monopod back at a 45 degree angle to your eye, the camera is pointing straight ahead even though your monopod is tilted at 45 degrees backwards.
Fourth… Then when you are shooting, be sure to get into a secure stance and hold your camera’s viewfinder firmly to your face. Finally you have a – virtual – tripod that is at least as solid as most – real – tripods. Along with the additional bonus of being easier to work with!
Watch for future TRIPOD pointers that’ll make shooting easier.