Support Your Gear
For the sharpest photos and video, choosing the right camera support is essential Even if you have very steady hands and a stabilized lens or camera, for the sharpest images possible, using a tripod or other camera support is the only surefire solution.
A quick look at gear to keep your video on the level The beauty of HD video is that it’s incredibly crisp and detailed—and that’s also its difficulty. Even a small amount of camera shake can be hard to watch for very long. If you’re getting into video with one of the latest HD camcorders or an SLR that offers HD capture, you want to give your camera proper support.
Give your camera the support it needs for the sharpest shots possible
Many photographers think a tripod is a tripod, a necessary evil if you want to get sharp pictures when using long lenses or long exposure times. But a tripod is more than a camera-steadier, and tripods vary greatly in design, features and versatility. In addition to preventing camera movement from blurring your photos, a tripod locks in your composition so you can study it, and so you won't accidentally change it as you squeeze off the shot. Here's a look at some of the top models on the market today.
Toolbox: Camera Supports
Ensure sharpness by using a variety of camera platforms
Photographers are always concerned with sharpness. They'll often search for reviews and lens comparisons to make sure that their optics produce the sharpest image possible. Yet even the best-engineered lens in the world will deliver soft photographs when the camera isn't as steady as it needs to be. Whether you're shooting landscapes or portraits, a sharp result is sometimes only possible when the lens and the camera are seated on a stable platform, be it a tripod, monopod or beanbag.
Tripods & Supports
The best gear for getting stable shots and smooth video A tripod is the most dependable way to gain absolute sharpness in any situation and at any shutter speed
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