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The Videomaker Guide to Video Production, 4th Edition by Videomaker

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18Try a Tripod:Some Valuable Featuresin the Three-Legged Race

 

William Ronat

 

 

 

 

Few pieces of video support equipment are as useful as the tripod. Simple in concept, elegant in function, the tripod has a long history of bringing needed stability to the world of photography.

In pre-video days, tripods served still and motion picture cameras. As far back as the 1860s, people like Matthew Brady were lugging tripods onto battlefields to help steady huge still camera equipment.

And before tripods became popular for image gathering, they supported the surveyors’ levels used to map out the countryside.

Why, you may wonder, a tripod? Why not a monopod, or a quadrapod, or an octopod? This question doesn’t require an Einstein to answer. One leg: ...

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