Reasons for using a tripod for night and low light photography are balanced by reasons to avoid carrying a tripod. The debate goes on between those favoring use of a tripod in marginal lighting and those who say forget the tripod and hand hold with the right settings and techniques.
On the pro-tripod side the rationale includes:
- Using the lowest available ISO setting to reduce noise and increase sharpness.
- Having an unlimited exposure time available to shoot in even the lowest light level.
- The ability to adjust aperture for better sharpness without worrying about increasing the exposure time.
- The ability to take long exposures for special effects like traffic trails or smooth flowing water.
- And the most important reason for tripod use–the complete elimination of blur caused by camera shake.
On the no-tripod side the reasons are equally compelling:
- A tripod is heavy, bulky and a pain to carry around.
- It takes time to set up and break down.
- Traveling companions may resent the delays caused by tripod use.
- Tripods are prohibited in some venues.
- You can always raise the ISO, open the aperture, stand firmly, brace your arms against your body and shoot hand held in just about any light.
Both sides are correct. The decision to use or not use a tripod is a personal choice. But camera stabilization does not have to be a choice between a tripod and relying on camera settings plus your own physical ability to hold the camera steady.
HandlePod combines the advantages of both.
HandlePod occupies a middle ground between carrying a tripod and using just your hands to stabilize the camera. It is lightweight and pocket size but provides the stability of a tripod when held by hand against any solid support. And there are plenty of potential support objects available everywhere. Rails, poles, columns, buildings—anything solid can be a camera support with HandlePod and your hand. Why risk the disappointment of seeing an otherwise excellent low light photo ruined by even a small amount of camera shake? With HandlePod camera stability is at your fingertips.