A tripod is the most sought-after accessory in the arsenal of any photographer. This statement is undeniable when it comes to the camera: amateur professional level - it does not matter! Using a tripod with a smartphone is more likely to be perplexing, because a mobile device is designed for quick photography on the go. In the previous article,
we figured out that this is far from the case, many smartphones are capable of more, and a tripod will help to reveal all the potential!
Why do I need a tripod in mobile shooting?
If the device is not equipped with an optical stabilization system, at shutter speeds longer than 1/15 of a second there is a risk of blurry shots. The optical stabilization system slightly increases the chances of getting decent handheld photos. However, especially large values still remain unavailable. In addition, not every smartphone is equipped with such a chip. Recently, there has been a tendency to abandon optical stabilization in smartphones, Google Pixel 2016 was one of the first flagships without it, Xiaomi, Meizu, OnePlus followed suit. The task of the tripod is to fix the camera, which allows shooting with a faster shutter speed and lower photosensitivity of the sensor. As a result, photos without digital noise in all weather conditions and in low light.
During shooting landscapes, a tripod will help to compose the frame more correctly. And also, make a series of identical frames with different camera settings. Manual experiments will provide clear shots with the correct exposure under any conditions.
Also do not forget about the artistic effects. One of them is a demonstration of movement in the picture. The idea is to shoot a moving object at a slow shutter speed, the specific value depends on the specifics of the object, experiment! In this case, the static background that surrounds the object remains sharp. To get the perfect result, you need a tripod, otherwise it’s not only the subject that is shot, but also the whole environment. At night, you can get spectacular shots of stretching light bands, this effect is called luminography.
Shooting videos without a tripod is a daunting task. Not everyone can keep the camera in a static position for a long time. Mobile optical stabilization systems are unlikely to help, as a result - shaky or floating picture. A tripod eliminates shaking and unnecessary camera movements, which dramatically changes the picture quality and video perception.
Timelapse videos are a special video format. A clip mounted from multiple frames shot from one point. The interval between frames varies from a few seconds to several hours. Reception is used to demonstrate slow-moving processes. In other words, time-lapse video can be called frame-by-frame shooting. To create a high-quality video, you can not do without a tripod, because even the slightest movement of the camera is unacceptable. Shooting takes a long period of time: from several hours to several days and even weeks, while the finished movie lasts about a minute. In more detail about recording time-lapse video on a smartphone, we will describe in the following materials.
Which tripod to choose?
The smartphone paired with a tripod extends the experience of using a mobile camera. However, there are no types of tripods. Further usability and the quality of the result depend on the selection. I do not think that for the first experiment it is necessary to buy expensive equipment, inexpensive accessories are suitable, suddenly a mobile photo will not become an exciting hobby, but will remain something incomprehensible, uninteresting. However, remember, high-quality equipment is the key to comfortable work.
The first thing you need to start with is an adapter for attaching your smartphone to a tripod. With this accessory, any smartphone up to 82 mm wide will be compatible with standard tripods. To fix the smartphone uses a spring-loaded clip. The device is simple, it costs only $ 0.96 or 59.41 rubles
The spring-loaded clip provides a good level of fixation, sufficient for a quiet shooting. But for more confidence for the safety of the smartphone during active shooting, it is necessary to use a mount with a Ulanzi threaded lock. The mount fits precisely to a particular smartphone and reliably holds the device in a frame. The accessory is much more expensive: $ 9 or 556.96 rubles
Advanced adapter with threaded lock from Ulanzi. The main difference from its predecessor is the platform for mounting an external microphone or lighting. The innovation turns the adapter into an indispensable accessory for mobile video. You have to pay for the opportunity. The cost of an advanced adapter: $ 16.20 or 1,002.52 rubles
The easiest tripod option for mobile shooting. Inexpensive device suitable for those who are just getting acquainted with the world of mobile photography. From features: telescopic legs with a possibility of change of height from 14 to 17 centimeters and a spherical head with an adjustable inclination. The cost of the accessory complete with an adapter for a smartphone is $ 1.89 or 116.96 rubles
. A great option to start, but there are no miracles, the design suffers from insufficient stability, due to the lack of thought in the adjustments.
The use of legs with hinged elements instead of the usual telescopic ones is an original solution that provides flexibility of attachment. The result is a stable design that can be installed not only on a flat surface. Flexible legs allow you to mount the tripod to pipes, branches and other unusual places. Ball head allows you to set the horizon correctly. The cost of an interesting tripod complete with an adapter for a smartphone: $ 1.62 or 100.26 rubles
When it comes to mobile shooting, you should not forget about the compactness of accessories. When folded, the pocket tripod does not take up much space. The mass is also small - about 100 grams. The unfolded structure holds steady. Initially, the tripod is designed for a camera weighing up to 1 kilogram. Rubber foot pads prevent slipping. Of the shortcomings - the lack of height adjustment, a fixed 10 centimeters. The head looks more reliable than previous models, but it is adjusted stepwise only by tilt. A nice bonus - you can use it for shooting hand-held videos. Due to the natural grip, the picture is more stable and smoother and the hand gets less tired after prolonged use. The cost of a pocket tripod: $ 1.87 or 115.92 rubles
In the event that a compact tripod is needed, and the quality of a budget model is not satisfactory, it is worth taking a closer look at the Ulanzi mini-tripod. Like the previous one, a pocket tripod, when folded, the Ulanzi tripod acts as a handle for video shooting. In the unfolded position, the legs have a narrow and wide opening angle, which provides different shooting heights - 10 and 14 centimeters, respectively. A hinged head is included, but is wound separately. A similar tripod costs: $ 9.80 or 606.46 rubles
Truly keen on mobile photography, take a look at the full-size tripod YUNTENG 5208, which is also useful after buying a professional camera. The main difference from compact models is the ability to shoot from the ground, because the height varies from 43 to 125 centimeters. The head has a stroke in all 3 planes, which will allow you to accurately direct the frame and easily set the level. The full-size tripod is less compact - the mass is 600 grams. For convenient transportation, you need a complete bag. Also included is a clip for attaching a smartphone and a remote control shutter. A full set of accessories costs: $ 21.90 or 1355.25 rubles
Monopod - a kind of tripod, which, unlike the usual tripod, has only one fulcrum. In professional photography, this type of tripod is used when you need to quickly change the angle and place of shooting. The monopod is not stable in itself and is not suitable for remote use. To obtain sharp shots, the photographer becomes in a position in which the legs act as the missing monopod supports. Due to the features described above, a monopod is unlikely to be useful in mobile photography, but will remain the destiny of professionals.
Recently, hybrid solutions - selfie sticks with the possibility of turning into a compact tripod - are gaining more and more popularity. Huawei Tripod Selfie Stick is one of them. The main advantage of the accessory is compactness, the size is comparable to a traditional selfie stick. But after the transformation, the device turns into a full-fledged tripod with a height of up to 46.5 centimeters and adjusting the head for tilt. The transformer was originally designed for a smartphone, so no adapters are required. The design is optimized taking into account the mass of the mobile device, in contrast to the devices presented above, which are designed for professional cameras weighing more than a kilogram. A small bonus is the built-in wired button for releasing the shutter. The cost of the hybrid: $ 14.88 or 920.83 rubles.
The hybrid selfie stick and tripod from the notorious Xiaomi has the same capabilities as the Huawei accessory. The maximum shooting height is 42 centimeters, smartphones from 56 to 89 millimeters wide are supported. An additional feature is the removable wireless Bluetooth shutter release for remote control of the camera. Accessory cost: $ 19.79 from or 1224.68 rubles
A simple accessory that complements the tripod. With it, you can remotely take pictures or start and stop video recording. Unfortunately, the button for switching camera modes is not provided. The remote is useful not only for photographing yourself on the main camera, but also in situations where any movement of the smartphone is unacceptable. The principle of operation is simple: the accessory is connected via Bluetooth as an input device, the buttons imitate the pressing of the volume up key. The cost of the gadget is only: $ 1.29 or 79.83 rubles .
The main task faced when choosing a tripod for personal use was finding the right balance between functionality and compactness. As a compromise option, a pocket tripod and the simplest adapter with a spring clip were chosen. A tripod performs its function, the only problem is the low shooting height, you have to spend more time looking for a suitable place to install the smartphone. It is difficult to blame the compact model for insufficient height, because among pocket accessories, only self-stick and tripod hybrids have a good height.
The folded tripod turns into a handle for easy video shooting. The bonus is extremely pleasant, the smartphone mounted on a tripod is much easier to hold - there is no fear that the device will slip out of hand. Also, you do not have to make sure that you do not block the microphones built into the smartphone.
In addition to the pocket tripod, a Bluetooth shutter button was purchased. The remote control simply performs its task, when connecting difficulties did not arise. Be careful, my copy came on, which is why the battery is dead. Therefore, initially the accessory behaved strangely, refused to connect to smartphones. The accessory is powered by a CR2032 format battery, only the same is used in the motherboard of stationary computers.