Before you buy that next container of fog juice, make sure you have yourself a tripod for your digital camera. We work too hard on our haunts NOT to have good photos of them. And a tripod is the most important part of your nighttime (and even daytime) photography. And prices have never been better. Heck, the tripod I currently use is an old one I purchased pre-owned (banged-up and used). And I love it.
Framing shots actually becomes a lot easier if the camera is steady. You can make sure a jack o'lantern is in the upper left corner of your photo and your scarecrow is off to the right. And height adjustments are great for forcing shots that aren't all "at human level." I often lay my tripod on its side on the ground to get low shots. And I've even placed it on the hood or roof of a car to get high shots. With the legs fully retracted, they're even great for shooting video. The weight of the tripod helps stabilize your hands and arms, like a mini stedicam device. So your video won't appear as shaky.
Here are a bunch on Amazon. Check out the used ones. Nice prices.
The Cure for Blur.
Friday, October 15, 2010