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Window on Texas: Shooting with Tripods

Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith explores different camera techniques you can utilize when mounting your camera on a tripod.

Window on Texas, May 2012

“A hand-held camera works great most of the time,” says TH Photo Editor Griff Smith, “but in some situations, you may need to stabilize it. If your photos aren’t as sharp as you’d like, then consider using a tripod. If you don’t have a tripod, you can use the back of a chair or brace the camera against a wall.” Smith used a tripod to capture this image of the concert hall at the Round Top Festival Institute (better known as Festival Hill). “Since I was going for a longer exposure [in order to use a higher F-stop for greater depth of field], I needed the tripod to keep the camera steady,” he says.

Round Top Festival Institute is at 248 Jaster Rd. in Round Top, 16 miles northeast of La Grange. The 2012 Round Top Music Festival runs June 9-July 14.  For details, call 979/249-3129;

Be sure to check out Texas Highways Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith's other photography how-to's covering a wide range of topics for all skill levels.

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