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  1. Great tips! Right on point there Chelsea.
    Question : Does IBIS affect ur tripod photos even with mirrorless cameras like the Sony A7iii or does it have some crazy AI to detect that it's on a tripod? I know for a fact that VR used to affect my shot when I used to shoot with nikon dslrs before.
    Thanks

  2. Photographing in peat bogs can cause a huge amount of movement. Some of the islands and shorelines literally float up down on waves of muck making tripods and slow shutter speeds just not recommended options.

  3. DO NOT turn on IS/VR on lens if you are on a tripod. It does not matter if you are using a third party or native lens. Those systems introduce their own vibration against the vibration created in handheld to cancel out, and may cause blurry pictures when shooting on a tripod. Especially while taking longer exposures. On body IS is better in this sense but there is still a chance where the body does not recognize that it is on a tripod and may move sensor due to its own shutter/inbody vibration.

  4. An idea for stabilizing tripods in wind is a rock bag. Several manufacturers market small triangular bags with three velcro straps to mount to the upper part of the tripod. In the bag, place a few rocks, a heavy lens, sand, etc. The bag is small and secure enough not to blow in wind and the weight pressing down on the legs from above really makes the tripod "rock steady" pun intended.

  5. As a corollary, I would suggest that you should purchase the best tripod and head you can afford even if it means skimping on some other facet of your rig.

  6. One of my tripods won’t fit a thumb screw. A dime is the perfect tool for that and I always keep a dime in my camera bag. The Singapore dime is nearly identical to a US dime and no one in US would want to steal it… so that ‘s what I use. 😛

  7. You know what Chelsea? You could sell ice cream to a Polar Bear – I love your enthusiasm, body language and facial expressions. One downside of it is that I have to watch your pieces two or three times to get the message 🙂

  8. I now there is trade off between portability and stability of tripods (the heavier the more stable but less portable) so which one would you recommend for somebody for whom weight is not a consideration – for me the weight of the kit is of no consideration whatsoever

  9. I really enjoy the huge range of topics you cover in your videos. Everything from basic but useful stuff like this to more complex gear reviews and tutorials. And very professionally done too! By far the best channel for photography stuff.

  10. if you want to know when to switch off IS: on board moving surface like on a yacht.. even on mega yacht, it's super stable ON it, nothing moves but the yacht does and it will trick the IS into compensating while it shouldn't, resulting in unsharp images. Of course that applies only if you're shooting what's on the same surface as where you're standing on, like a salon on board a yacht, but if you're shooting from it to let's say another boat or the coast or whatever then IS is your friend

  11. The one thing I keep doing is not resetting my ISO so setting a reminder good idea. (Apart from I do not have a phone, and then I seen to remember to set the reminder) (: Thanks Chelsea.

  12. Tighten. I lost a tiny little spacer and had to fabricate a replacement. Took about an hour. Better than the $30 or whatever they were going to charge for the part. I'm retired, I have time to burn.

  13. Thought I had covered most of the tips you mention here but still had some shake. Then I got to the image stabilisation part…… had not thought about that! Good simple tips. Thank you.

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