“The right tools make the difference” – I have used a similar subject line in email blasts promoting products for work. Because it’s true. It doesn’t matter what industry / activity we are discussing – the right tools make a difference. A task can be made easier and more efficient to complete.
I know this but I don’t live by those rules. I do without until it becomes painfully obvious it’s time to invest in myself. Last Friday I announced to my coworker Sam, that this is the month I will buy a quality tripod. His facial expression said it all. He knows how much I use my camera – it seems obvious I’d have a quality tripod by now.
A trip to Arlington Camera (across the planet) resulted in a very expensive transaction but I’ve never felt happier about spending a fortune.
I have proof below.
The tripod is a Manfrotto – a brand I trust because I use one at work. But this tripod has a ball head (makes it easy to rotate to any angle) and a quick release (makes it easy to attach and detach the camera). I could give all the boring specs and details. Instead I will show you what the tripod helped me produce today.
I gleefully set up my tripod – though figuring out all the knobs took some time. But the moment I took the photo I knew I was hooked. A quality tripod makes a world of difference. Could I have taken the photo without the tripod? Yes. I’ve taken plenty of beetle/bug/insect/critter photos with success. But the tripod holds the camera steadier than my hands and enables me to use a variety of f-stop settings I wouldn’t bother to attempt without a tripod.
In conclusion: Invest in yourself and buy the right tools.
Camera: Big Bertha (Canon EOS 5D Mark II)
Lens: My beloved 100 mm macro lens (Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L macro IS)
Equipment: Manfrotto MK190XPRO3-BHQ2 Tripod
Location: Bob Woodruff Park
Date: May 2016