Tip #11: Show Motion in the Image
Here’s another reason for needing a tripod. If you are shooting a scene that has something moving, such as a stream or a waterfall, it is fun to drop the shutter speed and show some of that movement in your image. The shutter speed may not have to be as slow as you think, either. For a fast moving stream, 1/4th of a second may be slow enough. If you are not able to get the shutter speed slow enough using the aperture and ISO settings, it will be necessary to attach a neutral density (ND) filter to the lens. An ND filter cuts the amount of light reaching the sensor so you are able to achieve a slower shutter speed. To learn more about ND filters and how to use them, check out this article.
Tip #12: Get Moving!
Here’s the scenario: You get to an awesome landscape photography location, find your composition, set up your tripod, and start shooting. Before you know it, the light is gone and it’s time to pack up and head home. Upon popping the memory card from your camera into the computer, you discover that you have dozens of images that are all virtually the same. Why is that? Because you never moved to a different location. This has happened to me more times than I’d like to admit. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget to move around. This is one of the drawbacks of using a tripod. Once the tripod is set up, the tendency is to not want to move it again. Move it anyway. Discover other compositions, new angles, and different perspectives. Don’t let you tripod (or your feet) grow roots!