We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. “Photo Friday” is intended to help photography amateurs improve their photo shoots through photo tips, which may include basic skills, creative shooting techniques, and proper care and maintenance. Tips in this section are written by amateurs, professional photographers, and by other contributors. We hope that you find these tips useful in your Scouting program.
Tripods are useful for many reasons, but I will mention the two most significant. First, it allows you to take pictures in low-light conditions, which allows slow shutter speed to be utilized. When taking a picture with long exposures while holding on to your camera, the picture becomes distorted due to your natural shakes. One way to prevent distortions is to place it on a flat surface and set a timer on the camera. However, such conveniences are sometimes hard to come by. In these situations, a handy small, lightweight, and sturdy tripod is very useful. Second, you get to be in the group picture. No more passing the camera around and potentially getting your camera stolen by a stranger. Buying a $30-$40 tripod beats getting your $200 camera stolen and losing all your photos any day.Selecting a tripod is a cinch compared to buying a camera. Just consider your photography experience and your budget. Buy a tripod that does what you want it to do and go where you want it to go. Be sure to compare potential tripods’ weight, size, functionality, and price. A heavier camera will require a sturdier tripod, whereas a tripod that collapses into mere 6-inch apparatus is sufficient for a point-and-shoot.