Learning About Tripod Arms
Tripod arms screw into the top of a tripod to provide additional reach for photo and video equipment. One end of the tripod extension arm holds the tripod head and the other end may hold counterweights to level the arm. Generally, you use counterweights when the camera and tripod head are too heavy, in order to get proper balance and to level out the system to prevent possible equipment damage. Using camera and tripod levelers such as bases, adapters, and bubble levels helps you properly level extension arms and tripods.
Benefits of Tripod Extension Arms
Once you lock the camera onto the tripod extension arm, it'll stay in position until you move the tripod or arm. Extension arms can hold your camera in a stable overhead position so you can arrange food, retail, or other items during a photo shoot. This is especially useful when taking overhead shots for an extended period, as it can also help save you from back discomfort. Using right angle brackets with tripod head platforms and extension arms makes transitioning your camera from a horizontal to a vertical position a breeze. The transition is much smoother, since removing the camera or moving the tripod, isn't necessary. The ability to change quickly from horizontal to vertical, and vice versa, makes taking landscape and group shots easier.
Protecting Tripod Equipment
Tripods sustain a lot of abuse. They will enjoy longer lifespans with proper protection. Using cases for your tripods and tripod accessories can help prevent wear and tear. Cases for tripod heads, for example, will prevent chips or dents that can make it difficult to mount the heads to extension arms. Keeping your tripods and extension arms in cases protects the equipment from scratches and makes them easier to transport.
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