Use a tripod


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A detail - This 100% crop shows what amount of detail can be obtained in a picture if the camera is steady enough
A detail
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A detail - This 100% crop shows what amount of detail can be obtained in a picture if the camera is steady enough
A detail
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Facilities - On my own Manfrotto tripod the central stem can be mounted horisontally, which enables me to get the camera in some alternative positions compared to a traditional tripod.
Facilities
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Gear weight - Forget travelling lightweight when you need to bring a tripod.  The few grams and ounces you save on the best fly rods and reels really don\'t matter much when you drag along a tripod and camera weighing many pounds.
Gear weight
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Low position - This is an example of a tripod, which can go very low. Not only can the central stem be removed, but it can be turned horisontally to get even lower, and the legs can also be folded out to be almost flat against the ground.
Low position
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Sharp - This image was taken with the camera on a tripod leaning over the fish and rod while both were laying on the ground.
Sharp
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Still life - The more sharpness and quailty you want the more gear you need to haul.
Still life
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Streamside studio - Here I\'m setting up a small streamside studio to takle pictures for the article about stream rods.
Streamside studio
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Studio setup - The tripod can also double as a studio tripod for taking pictures indoors, like the fly pictures taken here.
Studio setup
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Sunset - At dusk the light disappears and you need some support to get sharp images because of the slow shutter speeds needed for proper exposure.
Sunset
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Telephoto - Telephoto images are particularly prone to being shaken. By placing the lens on a low tripod or on the ground using a bean bag, you can get a low perspective and a steady and sharp picture.
Telephoto
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The pro - Kristian is a pro, and he knows that the tripod makes a difference. This heavy specimen is his way of securing sharpness when shooting. He always carries it and uses it for the vast majority of his pictures. Notice how he steadies the setup even more by pressing on the top of the lens.
The pro
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The whole sherbang - This is a setup that takes pictures in glossy magazine cover quality. A 12 megapixels camera, bellows to shade the lens, tripod to steady the thing and reflectors to soften light. Not exactly your practical pocket combo, but certainly a way to get sharp and well-lit images.
The whole sherbang