How to Pick the Perfect Tripod Alternative for Any Situation

You want to take a low light shot. The exposure time you’ll use is way longer than you could possibly hand hold. You have no tripod. What to do? The solution is a tripod alternative that is easy to use and provides better stability than simply holding the camera body on an object.

Use a Tripod Alternative

Tripod alternatives are small, lightweight and easy to carry. They are not as sturdy or versatile as a tripod, but when you need to stabilize for a long exposure, the right tripod alternative can save the shot. But which one?

The answer depends on the kind of support objects you might typically use. These fall into two basic categories—horizontal and vertical. Horizontal supports are obvious, the ground, tabletops, shelves, anything flat. These surfaces will accommodate any tripod alternative. The problem is that many tripod alternatives are limited to horizontal surfaces. Mini tripods, bean bags, even a new metal plate camera mount called PlatyPod will only work on flat supports.

Most Support Objects Are Vertical

But look around. A large percentage of available supports in the real word are vertical—poles, columns, doorways, tree trunks, buildings. .  .vertical supports often outnumber flat objects in many locations. So doesn’t it make sense to use a tripod alternative that can take advantage of vertical as well as horizontal support objects?

Using a vertical support means dealing with gravity. The camera mount must be secured to the support object. Various tripod alternatives offer several ways to do this. A common one is flexible mini-tripod legs that can wrap around objects small enough to accommodate them. But the attachment can sometimes be less than secure.

Another method is a Velcro strap, provided it is long enough to go around the support. There is a device that uses sticky putty backing to adhere to supports. It works on clean surfaces but the adhesion on some objects is not always reliable.

HandlePod tripod alternative

HandlePod held by hand against a pole for tripod steady long exposures.

There is a gadget that uses one tool that will secure it to any available object—your hand! It is specifically designed to be held by hand against any solid support.

This can be done quickly and dependably. And available supports are everywhere, especially in cities and tourist locations.

If you’d rather tie it to the support for hands-free operation, that is possible too. Use the supplied elastic cord to secure it to many objects, even large one. The cord stretches to over four feet.

HandlePod can use any solid object for camera stabilization. Horizontal, vertical, large, small, any firm support will work. It is the one tripod alternative that covers it all.

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