Landscape Photography Quick Tips: Use Your Tripod For Longer Exposures

Wicked Tree is a landscape photograph that was created at twilight as a car was passing me along the access road of the Reedy Point Marsh just outside of Delaware City limits in Delaware. Title: Wicked Tree Photographer: Melissa Fague Genre: Landscape Photography

Wicked Tree by Landscape Photographer Melissa Fague

Photo Specks
Exposure: 25 sec
Aperture: F22
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO: 100

A tripod is considered a standard piece of equipment for many landscape and nature photographers, it is especially important when you are creating long exposure landscape photos, night photos and even macros photos. Exposures during a long exposure or night photo shoot can easily reach several minutes of the shutter being open; so it is vital that your tripod is as sturdy as is can possibly be.

Other Things to Consider

  1. Don’t cheap out on a tripod. The tripod you use should have legs made of sturdy materials and it is placed on firm ground doing a shoot. Flimsy legs of a tripod can leave your photos susceptible to camera sway from the wind. Not to mention they break easy too.
  2. During your long exposure and night photo shoots try to keep the center column low during your shoot, the higher it goes the higher the risk is to sway especially on windy days.
  3. Weigh the tripod down. Some people use their camera bags, however windy days the air can move the bag causing camera shake. I use a bag with a strap and fill it with rocks on location when needed. The strap is adjustable so that the bag of rocks can touch the ground to help secure my tripod from the wind.

 

 

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