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Do you use a Tripod in Studio?
Old 02-07-2007, 07:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've seen quite a lot of times in some behind-the-scenes pics, that many photographers use the tripod when shooting in studio.

I wonder what use it has, I mean: I usually shoot at 1/125 or even 1/250 when using strobes, umbrellas and so on. I only use when shooting with available light.

So why should I use a tripod? Am I missing something?

I'm shooting in a studio since just one year ago, so I still got a lot to learn.
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Re: Do you use a Tripod in Studio?
Old 02-07-2007, 07:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The only time I use a tripod in studio is when I am dragging the shutter to catch some incandescent light source in the back ground. IE: the photo posted.
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Re: Do you use a Tripod in Studio?
Old 02-07-2007, 10:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've seen quite a lot of times in some behind-the-scenes pics, that many photographers use the tripod when shooting in studio. I wonder what use it has, I mean: I usually shoot at 1/125 or even 1/250 when using strobes, umbrellas and so on. I only use when shooting with available light. So why should I use a tripod? Am I missing something?
I use a tripod in the studio frequently - I like sharp images.. I like being able to set up a shot, then move around and do something, then come back and the shot still be set up... I like sharp images... I like being able to have a camera with a large long lens, pocketwizard, and anything else I want to hang on it and be able to set it to the vertical shooting mode and hold it there for as long as I want... I like sharp images... I also sometimes shoot with long lenses at speeds about 1/40 like in the shot below with Elva... and, did I mention I like sharp images?

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Re: Do you use a Tripod in Studio?
Old 02-07-2007, 12:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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[quote=Dakewl;243566]I wonder what use it has, I mean: I usually shoot at 1/125 or even 1/250 when using strobes, umbrellas and so on. I only use when shooting with available light. So why should I use a tripod? Am I missing something?
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Keep in mind the when shooting in a studio with studio strobes that the subject will be frozen by the speed of the strobes (usually in excess of 1/1000th of second). So whether you shoot at 1/125 or 1/250 is irrelevant. The only time shutter speed will make any difference in this kind of shooting is if you "drag" the shutter to include the effect of incident light in the scene.

But I use a tripod often just to maintain a constant camera position (for example), or to hold the camera and a large lens (like a 70-200 f2.8 that weights more than the camera). It is also nice when doing fixed framing type of shots. You exactly frame a scene and the model moves around inside the scene but other wise you want the overall scene constant.

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Re: Do you use a Tripod in Studio?
Old 02-07-2007, 12:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks to all for your replies, you all have given me some ideas so I'll try them in next shoot.
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Re: Do you use a Tripod in Studio?
Old 02-07-2007, 01:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I hand hold about 90% of the time. I like the freedom to move around a little bit to enhance the angle/pose that the model is giving me. Out side the studio I use a tripod all the time.
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi , I'm wondering what exactly dragging the shutter means ? Anyone have an answer please enlighten a rook ??
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I NEVER use a tripod in my studio, including when I drag the shutter (FYI - dragging the shutter means shooting at a shutter speed that is less than the highest sync speed of your camera). I find that I can drag the shutter as low as 1/30 sec with my VR lenses and everything looks great. That said, I do use a tripod about 50% of the time when shooting outside at sunset.

Here's an example of dragging the shutter -- Shot below was taken at 1/30 sec with a 50mm lens set to f2.2 (non VR lens) ... and one Alient Bee 400.
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Old 02-07-2007, 10:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yep, I use tripods in studio about 70 percent of the time - in fact I need one for the Mamiya RZ67, one for the D200, one to hold my coffee, and one to pull my tired behind up off the floor after a day of getting up and down on the floor for a better angle shot.

Now did I mention I have two monopods....
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Re: Do you use a Tripod in Studio?
Old 02-07-2007, 11:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I never use a tripod in the studio, and I like sharp images.
At 1/1000+ of a second flash, you could flop the camera around like Jerry Lewis being chased by killer bees, and still get sharp images. Using a tripod with studio lights is just overkill. I like sharp images.
Outside, I usually use a monopod, unless its pre-sunrise, or past sunset. Then I use a tripod, because I like sharp images.
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