Tripod or No Tripod–That is the Question
Tripod alternatives come in a wide variety of forms and functions. They are useful, sometimes
essential, when you don’t want to carry a tripod or using one is prohibited. But can any tripod alternative device replace buying and using a sturdy, reliable tripod? The answer is no. A good tripod is a must for any serious photographer. It will set up almost anywhere, give you the exact placement and composition you want and provide stability for exposures of seconds or minutes. A tripod is an essential piece of gear for which there is no complete substitute.
On the other hand, will consistent use of a tripod eliminate the need for any tripod alternative device? Again the answer is no. Besides not wanting to be burdened with a tripod, there are situations where a tripod is impractical or cannot be used.
You need camera stabilization. No tripod. What do you do? The best answer is an alternative device that is small, lightweight and can be used in a variety of ways to cover a wide range of situations. A mini-tripod or beanbag device on a flat surface will do the job. Other tripod alternatives attach to supports with flexible legs, Velcro straps or clamps. But what if there is no flat surface and vertical supports are too large to accept whatever attachment mechanism the device has?
There is a tripod alternative that offers a solution—your hand! HandlePod can be held against
any support no matter how large. Light hand pressure is all it takes. Press it against anything for instant tripod-like stability. Just hold steady and use a remote release or two-second timer. Now any solid object can be your camera support. With HandlePod the world is your tripod.