How to Use a Tripod

How to Use a Tripod
Whether you are taking pictures or using binoculars, a tripod is useful for stability and support as you focus on an object. A tripod allows you to more finitely use your equipment by providing small adjustments and better handgrips for panning---horizontal and vertical movement. You can find both expensive and cheap tripods, but they have essentially the same basic functionality. Choosing a good tripod and using it correctly greatly increases the precision of taking pictures or spotting objects.


Difficulty: Easy

Using a Tripod

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tripod Tripod-mountable equipment
  • Tripod
  • Tripod-mountable equipment
Step 1
Gather all the parts for your tripod including rubber feet, quick releases, head and mounting screws.
Step 2
Assemble the tripod if it isn't already put together. Make sure the feet are attached correctly to avoid losing them. You may leave the quick release and mounting screw off, but the head it attaches to should be on the tripod.
Step 3
Ensure that the head of the tripod is flat. In general, most handles on the tripod will tilt the head up and down, while a knob on the side will adjust left and right movement.
Step 4
Open the legs of the tripod and lock them in place if a locking lever exists. Extend them to the desired height and use the locking levers to securely fasten them.
Step 5
Using the quick release and mounting screw, connect the quick release and equipment together and screw the mounting screw into the mounting hole on the equipment.
Step 6
Attach the quick release mount onto the head of the tripod. Sometimes it is necessary to pull the quick-release lever in order to attach the mount.
Step 7
Check to make sure you've firmly secured the equipment on the tripod. You may now pan the equipment as needed. Always lock your panning levers and handles when leaving equipment unattended.

Tips & Warnings

Heads can often be interchanged and acquired at photography and optic stores to better suit your needs.
Never adjust the legs on a tripod while your equipment is mounted on it.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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