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.
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.
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.
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
A 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
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
Usually, I place the tripod in one spot, and after that, I start styling. I feel like the tripod helps me to be more creative. I can slow down and think through my shots.
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.
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!
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.
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 a 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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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 🙂
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 😉
I can totally understand that! No one likes those bad tripods. 🙂
I’ve been writing recipes and it’s been difficult to get the same angle for each step of the way by hand. I’ll definitely have to invest in a tripod. Great article!
Healthy Laura says
I feel ya! 🙂