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Ode to the Tripod

Ode to the Tripod

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If someone were to ask me what is the fastest, easiest, and most effective way of instantly improving their photography, my answer would be: a tripod. In the quest to make better photographs, we often dream of owning the latest camera body or the most expensive lenses. For many of us, these remain out of reach and impractical. A quality tripod, however, can be had for less than the price of a New York City dinner for two (with drinks) and, because of that, I believe it is the first, and most important, accessory you should add to any camera system you are building.

Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp

Tripod love.
Tripod love

History and Lore

Believe it or not, the Internet is devoid of information dedicated to the history of the use of the tripod in photography, but I surmise that its first use happened almost simultaneously with the use of the world’s first cameras. Many early cameras obscura sat on tables, but as soon as photographers started moving these cameras, they were likely mounted on a tripod.

According to Merriam-Webster, the English word “tripod” has been around since the 15th century, but humans have been using three-legged supports since long before then. A c. 5000-year-old three-legged support is currently in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and some Chinese examples date back almost 10,000 years.

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