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The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs by David duChemin

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Lesson 53. Use a Tripod

No one likes tripods...not even photographers who say they love tripods. And no, tripods aren’t for everyone. A street photographer who relies heavily on spontaneity and serendipity is the last person in the world I can imagine using a tripod. But until you declare a major and decide you’re only going to wander the streets of Paris with your Leica and your ennui, I strongly suggest you learn to use a tripod and to consider it a valuable tool in the toolbox, one that opens possibilities that you won’t have without it. Even in street photography I’ve used my tripod. I’ve traveled the world several times over, and on almost every trip my tripod has accompanied me.

I’m not going to tell you how to use a tripod. That will become ...

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