Tripod Alternative for Digital Camera Stabilization

Antique camera illustration

In the 1800s cameras had to be tripod mounted.

In the first few decades from the beginning of photography, cameras had to be tripod mounted and stabilized for the long exposures needed with glass plates and slow emulsions of the time. Holding a camera by hand was unheard of. All that changed in 1900 with the introduction of the Kodak Brownie box camera. For one dollar, anyone could buy a hand held camera and take snapshots in daylight. But film has limited sensitivity. Serious photography in low light with a sophisticated camera still required a tripod even with fast film.

Camera Stabilization Is Still Necessary

Much, but not all, of that has changed in the digital age. Greater sensitivity and wide aperture lenses make it possible to shoot hand held nearly all the time in almost any light. The result is that the vast majority of photographs are shot hand held. This works for most people most of the time, to the point that many photographers do not even own a tripod. Photography is hand held or nothing. That’s understandable since people prefer to avoid the weight and bulk of a tripod and the hassle of setting it up.

DSC_7603But without reliable camera stabilization you sacrifice the image quality and creativity that long exposure photography provides—no traffic trails on busy streets, no moonlit night landscapes, and certainly no star trails or time lapse video of sunsets.

Is Your Tripod Gathering Dust?

Just owning a tripod is no solution.  You must have it with you. Many people avoid carrying their tripod, especially when traveling. And there are places where tripods are prohibited.

DSLR on HandlePod

HandlePod secures camera to a pole for the long exposure traffic trails photo above.

HandlePod is here to help. Just press it by hand against anything solid and presto— instant camera stabilization! Want to attach it to objects? The supplied elastic cord will secure it to many supports—even large ones. And the attachment is solid, won’t slip or come loose.

Camera Stabilization When You Need It

Even if 99% of your photography is hand held, when you need camera stabilization, you need it. But it makes little sense to carry a tripod for a few long exposure low light shots when the majority of your photos are hand held. Nor does it make sense to miss those low light shots when camera stabilization is required. It makes perfect sense to carry a pocket size, four-ounce tripod alternative like HandlePod that is small, light and instantly available when you need it.

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