Why You Should Use a Tripod / Monopod

Mason Neufeld loves her tripod.

The best photographers know when they need to use tools, of any kind, and use them. Just like some middle schoolers forgo coats in the dead of winter to appear “cool,” we know some photographers who shy away from a tripod or monopod, worried these tools will cramp their style or (worse) hinder a client connection. In reality, it’s quite the opposite!⁠ ⁠

Very few photographers (read: cyborgs) can shoot handheld below a 1/60 shutter speed and still achieve a crisp image. And blurry images do not happy client connections make.

Trust us—tripods, coupled with a quick-release L-Bracket—will not hamper your shoot or your connection with your clients. Rather, they’ll allow you to shoot at slow shutter speeds long after the sun has set or capture darker scenes indoors crisply, using only window light.

Monopods are a sweet deal, too, because they are relatively inexpensive and extremely lightweight. It’s super easy to clip them to your bag and haul them onsite. Pro tip: You can even find tripods with a built-in monopod (!) where one of the legs can detach. Below is one we found on Amazon for cheap! ⁠

Both tripods and monopods can be the determining factor in reducing camera shake, avoiding blurry images and nailing your focus. So wear your coat and tell the other kids to buzz off. You’ll be cool because you’re prepared—for all shutter speeds—with your tripod or monopod and you'll capture gorgeous images for your clients sans blur.⁠

📷 by Mason Neufeld on Kodak Portra400 with a Pentax645NII in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Scanned on the Frontier SP3000.