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Choosing and Setting Up a Tripod for Your Digital Camera

You can stabilize and position your digital camera by attaching it to a tripod. What kind of tripod you get depends on how you plan to use it. To pick out a tripod and then put it to use with your digital camera:

1

Choose the type of tripod you need.

Still-photo tripods position the camera and lock it in place. Tabletop tripods work well for close-up photography. A monopod is just a single tripod leg that you can use to stabilize a shot (and it’s ultra portable).

2

Attach your digital camera to the tripod’s quick-connect plate.

Most tripods include a quick-connect plate like the one shown in this figure.

3

Adjust the legs of the tripod to the height you want to use.

Extend or retract your tripod’s legs to the height that’s right for you and the shot.

4

Adjust the head and camera angle until you get the view you want.

Once you frame the subject and get the view you want, you’re ready to snap your photos.

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