Written by at June 29, 2012

A tripod is a must have for fireworks photography.   Hand holding your camera is just not possible!

There are litterally hundreds of options for tripods.  There are several factors to keep in mind when shopping for a tripod.

First is price.  Tripods range from under $100 to over $700!  Try to buy the best you can afford the first time.  Buying a more inexpensive tripod in the beginning usually means buying another one later!  Save the money and buy the one you want first!

You also need to consider the features of the tripod.  Make sure the tripod can support the weight of your camera and heaviest lens.  The weight of the tripod could also be a factor if you plan on hiking or carrying it long distances.  Check the height also.  I wanted a tall tripod to try and get over the heads of people at the Magic Kingdom!  Before I had a shorter tripod and always had someone stand in front of me with a child on their shoulders and a tall Goofy hat on.

Below are a few options.

The Gorillapod is small, lightweight, flexible tripod.  This can easily fit into your backpack.  You can use it to attach to railings, tabletops, etc.  Very versatile when you don’t want to carry a full tripod.

Manfrotto Tripod
Manfrotto makes several models of tripods and is an industry leader.  I use the 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber model.

At under $5, the POD is a great option for stability anywhere.  The small bean bag can be carry without just about everywhere.  Screw into the bottom of your camera for a great stable base.

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