Hang on for sharp photos

Shooting on a windy day… what a challenge! Aside from potential wind-blown subjects, you may also have to deal with a moving tripod which can certainly prevent sharp photos.  Watch Varina’s short video for a very simple solution to this problem.

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.

  • John

    Hi Varina, another option to steady a tripod in a pinch is to use a small storage type bag, (mesh, canvas, cotton, etc. w/drawstring) and fill it with material that is available on site such as rocks, sand, dirt, etc. If you use a moderate sized “S” hook (2″-3″ obtainable from any hardware or home improvement store) you should be able to suspend this improvised weight from any convenient location near the head of the tripod.

    • Another excellent option, John! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • Wendy

    Hello Varina and Jay. Love your tips and tutorials, thanks for sharing with the world. I’m also learning a lot from the courses. Now with regards to the above video, my tripod is such that the center shaft can be pulled out to be put on horizontally and therefore has no hook on the bottom. I was wondering if you have any tips I could use to weigh it down in this case. Thanks again 🙂

    • I would advise you against putting the weight on the center column of the tripod when it is horizontal to the ground. The reason for this is that the weight distribution will be unbalanced and will put more load on the center column as well as on couple of legs of the tripod. When we put weight on the tripod we are careful to make sure that the weight is distributed along all three legs of the tripod. Make sense?

  • Carlo

    I’m pretty sure that a lot of people were wondering why there was a hook on their tripod …
    Actually, you could hang anything heavy on it, if your bag isn’t heavy enough.
    If you carry some light rope, you could loop it under a big log or rock an attach it on the hook. Or simply hang a loop of rope from the hook to just above the ground and then put your foot in the loop.

    • Agreed….We know photographers who carry a small mess bag to put some rocks to hang it on the tripod.