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Great elena 2004-07-06 9:41

as always, great shallow DoF, is a tripod really necessary at 1/160? do you always carry it around with you? the colors are so beautiful here, her clothes in light shades of green, and the blurred greyish background.. the green spot on the table looks nice too. well seen!!

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Old 07-06-2004, 05:05 PM
Darren Darren is offline
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Hi Elena. At 1/160 a tripod may or may not be necessary, but it certainly can't hurt. To be honest, at web size, it would be difficult to notice much of a difference, but on bigger prints you can see a sharpness difference often even at faster shutter speeds. I am a huge believer in tripods and never leave home without mine. My opinion is that it is worth the extra weight.

Another reason I have for believing in tripods has nothing to do with the improved sharpness they give you. I really believe most people will shoot better composed photos if they use a tripod more often. When using a tripod, you tend to slow down and really check out the frame before tripping the shutter. This tends to help ward off such evils as poles growing out of your subject's head, annoying clutter in the background, unwanted distractions in the background, less unfortunate cropping of fingers, etc. Actually, these reasons are at least as important to me as the added sharpness, even though I am very fussy about sharpness.

I do a lot of walking and at the end of the day, my back knows I have been lugging a tripod around, but it is a worthwhile sacrifice to me. Also, if you are considering buying a tripod, I recommend you absolutely DO NOT buy a cheap, bargain 'pod. They are flimsy, and more importantly too fussy to adjust quickly. If you buy a cheap-o, you will pretty much never use it, but if you buy something decent, it becomes second nature. This does not mean you must spend many hundreds of dollars, but it does weed out the $29 pieces you see at WalMart.

Thanks for yout thoughts Elena.
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Old 07-06-2004, 05:58 PM
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wow!! thanks so much for your time to explain all this at length!! i am considering buying a tripod, and they are pretty pricey here (you can only find the very cheap or the very expensive, ouch!)...
i΄ve quoted you in my note today, :) i hope you don΄t mind,
elena
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