Whether you’re just getting into photography or you’ve been doing it a while, a tripod is one of the essential camera accessories that can truly help take your photos to the next level. The best part is they don’t have to be expensive to be effective.
We’ve looked through literally hundreds of tripods to narrow down to the best three, but first let’s talk about why you need one.
7 Ways a Camera Tripod Will Improve Beginner Photography
- Use your hands for something more…useful
Without a camera in your hands you’re free to use them for things like manual focus, adjusting aperture, or simply signaling to the people you’re photographing.
- Experiment with new angles
Standing behind a tripod will open up your vision to a new point of view on your focus.
- Time lapse photography
If you have the right equipment (i.e. a DSLR + intervalometer) you can utilize the stability of your tripod for time lapses. Set it up for an overnight shoot or something amazing like sunsets.
- Night time shots
Great night time shots typically require a longer shutter speed and lower aperture setting to take in as much light as possible. This usually isn’t feasible to do while holding your camera due to camera shake.
- Level horizons
If you love landscape photography then you’ll want to make sure you get your horizons perfect, as they can set the tone for the whole photo.
- Better selfies
An arm makes a great camera stand, but you know what makes a better one? A tripod.
- Action photos
There’s a lot of other reasons to have a tripod on hand, but now let’s jump into which one you should consider.
Top 3 Tripods for Cameras
One of the toughest decisions when you’re just starting out with photography is not spending too much money on gear. It’s something a lot of us refer to as “shiny object syndrome,” or that feeling that a new piece of equipment will definitely take your to the next level.
That’s why our recommendation is not to break the bank on your first tripod purchase. There’s just no reason to spend more than $50 on your first tripod. The best thing you can do is grab a well-built one that you can learn with and then upgrade later when you’re ready.
This is the ultimate starter tripod. It features quick release leg locks and a quick release mounting plate for easy setup.
- Dimensions (collapsed): 25” x 4”
- Support Weight: 6.6 lbs
- Weight: 3.0 lbs
Opposite the AmazonBasics, this Sony tripod is actually the smallest collapsed size of the tripods on this list, and one of the major selling features. It’s slightly bulkier (though still lighter than the rest) when fully collapsed, but also easier to carry, which makes it great for outdoors or nature photography.
- Dimensions (collapsed): 14” x 4”
- Support Weight: 3 lbs
- Weight: 1.8 lbs
The Dolica is a very feature rich tripod that is also able to support double the weight of the others on this list. If you plan to use a camcorder or heavier video equipment along with a DSLR then this may be the perfect tripod for you. While this is the 62-inch model, it is also available in 60-inch or 68-inch.
- Dimensions (collapsed): 22.5” x 4”
- Support Weight: 13.2 lbs
- Weight: 2.5 lbs
Over to You
Now it’s time to make a decision, get out there and take some amazing photos! You really can’t go wrong with any of the tripods on this list.
Just make sure you come back and tell us which one you ended up choosing 🙂