Food Blog Tripod? 5 Reasons to Say YES!

Why I say YES to my “food blog tripod”?! Why food photography tripod Manfrotto with extending arm is my best friend as a food blogger? How I managed to get better quality for my food blog photography. 

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TYPICAL INTERNET DISCLAIMER

Before I go on, I need to make a little disclaimer. These are just my thoughts, and  I don’t know everything. I’m still learning. Some of you who are reading this might think otherwise and have different opinions. However, I believe that different point of views is just part of photography.

Do I have to use the tripod?

No, you don’ t have to. Everyone knows what works for them.

However, when you ask me: “Do you use a tripod?” YES, I always say YES to my “food blog tripod”! It’s my BEST friend!

What’s a “food blog tripod”?

I always use the tripod for my food images. I’m already afraid that I can’t even shoot handheld images.

Obviously, I have used it for some night photography. However, most of the time it’s just my “food blog tripod”.  Yes, that sounds like a crazy word combination. But who cares?!

Extra effort pays off

I know that it’s always an extra effort to set up your tripod, but I feel like it’s worth the extra effort. It makes a huge difference. No questions asked.

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What tripod do you use?

I have the Manfrotto tripod that is perfect for as my food blog tripod. No questions asked. It ś also perfect for my food photography in general. When I’m doing some food photography work for clients, then I always use this tripod.

My previous tripods fell apart

Before I had some other unknown one that just fell apart since I used it all the time. Seriously, as a temporary solution, I used a STRING to hold my camera in one place. Bad idea!

Also, I have one light travel MeFoto tripod, but that one was just awful. It was so uncomfortable that I wanted to stop using the tripod. When I should use that tripod for my food photography, I would already have broken my camera and myself.

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Why Manfrotto?

The Manfrotto tripod, on the other hand, is just perfect. It has quick power locks that help me to move quickly and block or unblock each leg section. I believe it’s a perfect food photography & food blog tripod. No questions asked.

It already had that extending arm which is perfect for overhead shots. Compare to other tripods I have used it’s stable and does the job for me. Once I had my first Manfrotto tripod, I finally understand why all the photographers recommend this brand.

Food Blog Tripod? 5 Reasons to Say YES!
1. Long Exposure

Long exposure gives me better quality. If I shoot still images, then a tripod is my best friend. When I would like to use a shutter speed that is lower than around 1/50th of a second, then I always use the tripod.

My shutter speed for still images is usually around 1/10 – 1/20 or even lower. Because of that tripod is the only solution for me.

2. Low ISO

Lower ISO gives me better quality & I can minimize the noise. My ISO for still images is always 50 – 100. Yes, I know I can use the same ISO when my aperture is around 1.8. However, sometimes I use F/11 to get sharper images. I don’t like to change my ISO unless I shoot action shots.

Low ISO = less noise

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  1. Framing

When I have the camera in my hand, I naturally move around more and quicker. However, when I have the tripod, I always start thinking about framing right away. So, it’s a little bit longer process, and it gives me the perfect time to think through my composition.

Time to think

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Usually, I place the tripod in one spot, and after that, I start styling. I feel like tripod helps me to be more creative. I can slow down and think through my shots.

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My Manfrotto tripod that already has an extending ARM.

  1. My Best Imaginary “Friend”

Since I usually work alone, then the only hands I have are my own hands. When I would like to get some human element on the images, then a tripod is my solution for all the self- portraits.  All the images where I use my hands for styling aren’t possible without a tripod.

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  1. Action Shots

As I mentioned before I work alone. That’s why the tripod for action shots is my only solution here. Action shots already give me a lot of movement. I’m sorry but I don’t need any extra movement with shaky hands.

Don’t need extra movement!

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  1. Close-Up Shots

All the small close-up shots might require a steady camera. Even small movements can ruin the shot. That’s why it’s quite essential to use the tripod here as well.

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Recap

I like better quality for your food photography. No questions asked. The Manfrotto tripod helps me with that. Big time! Even when you feel like a tripod doesn’t allow you to find the best angle, then think again.

Helps me with details!

I like to think that tripod helps me to be more creative. I can think through my framing and keep an eye on details. When I would want to search better angles, then I usually remove the camera from the tripod and move around. When I find my perfect angle, then I move the tripod there.

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Updated: 30.10.2018

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  1. I think I will always have a love/hate relationship with my tripod. I know that it is helpful and all, but it feels sooo clumsy. Happy to see that you seem to really like yours.

    • Indeed, I had that love/ hate relationship as well. However, once I got a good tripod I never complain anymore 😉 Hope you get used to the tripod one day 🙂

  2. I’ve been using quite a shitty tripod over the last years and it made me not want to use it because it is so damn hard to work with. But I truly believe that one with an extra arm on top, will help with LOADS, the price tag on them just lets me wait a bit longer 😉