Travel/Documentary Photography

For photographers, one of the most exciting aspects of travelling is being able to take advantage of all of the new opportunities being presented to them to take pictures. If you are a photographer who has a passion for travel or documentary photography, then you probably know how important it can be for you to have the right tripod that fits your needs. Whether it is coping with an uneven terrain, trying to keep the camera steady or achieve the right angle to get the perfect image, there is a tripod out there that is a good fit for your needs. You just need to consider the following criteria, decided which among them are relevant and important to your style of travel and documentary photography, and pick out the tripod that best optimises those characteristics. Don’t forget to pack all your kit into a water proof rucksack just in case you hit a storm on your way to the next location.
Here are some of the things photographers look for in a tripod when it comes to travel and documentary photography:


  • Angles: Some tripods are not meant to be rotated very much, and therefore only have a limited range of motion. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, there is nothing wrong with this. However, if you are looking to give your camera a wide range of motion, this is certainly something you need to seek out in your tripod. The Giotto’s MH5400-652 ball head is one way to give yourself complete control over your camera’s position so you can get absolutely any shot that you desire.
  • Mobile: Especially as you are interested in travel and documentary photography, it is probably a given that you are looking for a tripod that is travel-friendly. You’ll want one that folds up to a portable size and is lightweight to make it easy to transport without compromising quality. The YTL Silk Road Series tripods by Giotto are a prime example of a tripod that accomplishes such a feat.
  • Stability: Especially if you are taking photography to document what nature has to offer, it is very likely that you will have trouble finding a solid surface on which to place your tripod. This is why you want to have a tripod with easily adjustable legs that will offer you the stability you need to give you a crisp and sharp image. An example of the ideal feature that solves your problems is the quick and easy leg lock feature offered by Giotto’s MTL 8360B Carbon Fibre Tripod. This keeps your tripod steady while you position your camera exactly where you want it, so you can do what you do best and start snapping some breath taking photos.


Finding the tripod that best fits your needs and particularly style of photography can seem like a daunting task. However, it becomes much simpler when you stop to consider the features you are looking for in your tripod of choice, and then do your research to find a tripod that fulfils the criteria that are most important to you. Don’t forget no-one was born a professional photographer!


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