best camera tripod

heavry duty tripods, in usedSLR Tripod

A good quality tripod, like the ones I found here camera tripod will make a big impact to your photography. They hold the camera steady and the better ones handle those big telephoto lenses, no problem.

But it’s being able to fix the camera’s position that’s really important. It means you can change other elements in the frame and not having to worry whether the camera is in the same position that it was for the previous shot. Which only becomes a distraction to you when you should be concentrating on the scene in front of you.

LArge Telephoto lens on a tripodThe same is true for landscape photography. Holding the camera steady allows for those low light shots or those really cool shots where the water flow appears as meandering dry ice quality mist going around rocks and trees.

Working with your tripod for camera

In a studio setting the tripod again fixes the camera’s position allowing you to change elements in the scene and adjust lighting/add more lights as you go. Snoots, barn doors and soft light boxes. All give high control of what gets lit and what doesn’t and how the light tails off into shadow. All the time the camera remains in a fixed position, chosen by you.

large tablet for photography tetheringShutter Release

As well as a tripod a shutter release device is advisable. These go together really well, the electronic ones are best. Press the button, wherever you are. No walking backwards and forwards for each shot. But most important – no camera shake.

Tethering is another facility, available on most dSLRs these days. It used to be quite expensive getting an iPad or Android tablet, not any more. As well as relating the last taken shot to you on a big 10 inch screen. Some apps will even allow control of the camera’s settings from the tablet. Ultimately you can even use it to take the shot as well.

Photographer in ActionMaster your dSLR

Although all these technologies help you deliver better studio work. It’s no substitute for having a sounds camera technique and these are skills you have to learn as you go. But anything that helps in your quest is okay by us. Simple Tips for dSLR

whole house water softener

paddling in the seaThe Vacation

We were staying by the cost for our summer vacation. We actually stayed in two locations over two different weeks. And while we’re staying by the coast we’d go swimming in the sea almost every day.

We spend the best part of the day on the beach and take food and nibbles along with us. Come the evening we wash and venture out for a hearty meal, then bed. All that activity, through the day gets both me and my wife asleep in no time. Plus or three children are out as soon as their little heads hit the pillow.

Simple vacations but so very enjoyable. And while the children are still young and amiable, we’ll keep taking them to the beach and hope that we have great weather. Although that doesn’t seem to bother the young ones much.

The Difference

The thing I noticed about the two different locations was the water. It was different. Even though the two places were only seven miles apart.

The first location the shower was better than second location, where the water felt harsher. I suppose the first place the water felt softer.

Soft TowelsWe All Noticed

My children commented on this as well. For them to notice got me wondering. I spoke to Sue, my wife and she had noticed too. Which is very unusual, she doesn’t notice these thing very often.

I was determined to find out what made the difference. So we drove back to find out. The lady that ran the first place where we stayed, said that they had had a soft water system installed.

That removes all the minerals from the water that makes out hard. And they’re easy to get and fit too. You can get domestic ones as we did from this site. water softener system

We had ours fitted by a plumber we know and it just works. It’s very simple but it makes such a big difference when washing. Highly recommended.


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