The Tripod Explained

The tripod: a three-legged camera support. Why is the tripod market so flooded with options when they all look pretty much the same and are designed to do the same exact thing? Isn’t one tripod as good as any other? Why are some so expensive? Why are others comparatively inexpensive? Do some hold cameras more steadily than others? And, why in the world is that one pink?

Eight Timeless Tools for Photographers

Sometimes you can’t beat a classic, even in the fast-paced, ever-changing world we live in today. Despite rapid and continuous evolution in the digital camera world, or constant improvements to optical design, new high-tech fabrics in bags, lightweight carbon fiber tripods, and so on, there are some photographic items out there that defy the need to evolve. They were simply perfected years ago, and are still available today to perform the same tasks they did back when they were cutting edge.

Recommended Video Tripods

It is easy to say that tripods are all basically the same, aside from the size. After all, with few exceptions, they serve the same purpose and operate with the same mechanics. Video tripod systems include the tripod legs, along with a fluid head to top them off. The head and the tripod can be purchased separately—but purchasing them as a system reduces the chances of mismatching your gear. If you’re in the market for your first system, or even looking to upgrade, I’d recommend buying a system that’s ready to rock, out of the box.

12 Recommended Travel Tripods

Learn about about some of the top tripods best suited for your travel photography needs. 

Tips and Tools to Take Your Smartphone Photography to New Dimensions

You can’t beat the camera you always have with you. It is now most likely that the images you see on a Facebook feed, Snapchat, or texts were taken with a smartphone. Nowadays, it isn’t uncommon to see news stories relying on smartphone video to make their case. One issue with the smartphone is its lack of ergonomics or features when it comes to making images, so here are some tips and tools to help take your mobile photography to new frontiers.

The Still Photographer's Starter Video Kit

Thanks to the DSLR (and now mirrorless) revolution, video shooting has become extremely accessible to more and more individuals, especially the still photographer. Cameras today are emphasizing a combination of photography and video capabilities that produce images that are perfectly suitable for a gallery or movie theater. With many still photographers looking to dip their toes in the motion pool, we have put together the follow list of tools that can help greatly improve video quality.

8 Must-Have Accessories for Architectural Photography

Architectural photography is both an art and an exacting craft. Unlike most genres of photography, in which level horizon lines and correction for keystone and parallax distortions are secondary issues, architectural photography requires a disciplined workflow and a keen sense of design.

10 Accessories to Help Improve Your Mobile Photography

Guaranteed to be the one camera that is always on you, your mobile phone’s camera may or may not be your camera of choice, but it’s better than none! Here are a few tips to help you use what you have, or whip your budding mobile photography hobby into better shape.

First Look: Manfrotto Digital Director

In this video from Kelby Media, Larry Becker demonstrates the vast capabilities of the Manfrotto Digital Director, a tethering solution that connects a Canon or Nikon DSLR to an iPad. Follow along and he shows what this innovative technology can do, and how it can improve your shooting workflow. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at

New 290 Series Tripods, Monopods, and 804 3-Way Head from Manfrotto

If you are a photo enthusiast or passionate photo hobbyist, the 290-Series supports from Manfrotto are made just for you. Three different lines in the series aim to meet the needs of most: the 290 Dual, Xtra, and Light.


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