A Steady Hand: Tripod use in Wildlife Photogrtaphy

This is Passport to Texas

How annoying is it to snap a once in a lifetime wildlife photo, only to discover it’s blurry? Our state park guide Bryan Frazier helps clear up this issue.

53—It seems like we always overestimate our ability to shoot without a tripod. And what’s funny is, even when we get excited when big deer comes into view, our heart tends to race and our breathing picks up—that’s enough to blur the image. So, when you can, use a tripod or a monopod—sometimes even both—if you have a big lens, you’ll want a tripod for your camera and a monopod for your lens. Or even things like a vehicle. If it’s parked on the side of the road, that can help stabilize your shot, by resting the lens on it. Wildlife a lot of times aren’t conditioned to look for vehicles. They won’t run. So, whether you’re leaning on a vehicle to take the shot across the hood of your car, or if you’re inside a parked vehicle looking out the window, you want to turn the engine off. Just the vibration can do that [blur the photo] but, just something to rest the lens on that will stabilize that will really make a difference. You’ll start seeing better photographs.

Thanks Bryan.

That’s our show for today…with funding provided by Chevrolet…building dependable, reliable trucks for more than 90 years. For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Leave a Reply