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Beginners Guide to Tripods

Looking for more color saturation, contrast and sharper images when taking pictures of motionless subjects and scenes in low light? With a tripod, all of that is possible.

In this video, I walk you through the benefits of using a tripod, what adjustments you should make to your camera and also my top picks.

Speaking of top picks, here are my favorite tripods and ballheads…


  • On a budget: Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod (see here)
  • Second best: Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Tripod (see here)
  • High quality: Manfrotto 190 GO! Tripod (see here)
  • Top of the line: Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Tripod (see here)


  • On a budget: Dolica ZX Carbon Fiber Tripod (see here)
  • Second best: Vanguard Alta Pro 253CT Carbon Fiber Tripod (see here)
  • High quality: Sirui T-2205X Carbon Fiber Tripod (see here)
  • Top of the line: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Tripod (see here)


  • On a budget: ZOMEi ZM-03 Ballhead (see here)
  • Second best: SunwayFoto FB-Series FB-28i Ballhead (see here)
  • High quality: Kirk BH-3 Ballhead (see here)
  • Top of the line: Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead (see here)

Music by Cory Hoylman (