“The team at Created for Life challenge you to use your imagination and venture out and take some incredible photos that relate to the theme — LOCAL KNOWLEDGE. This may be a place that is special to you, an event that takes place in your local area or anything that you feel best represents your home town.”
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João Almeida is driven to photograph by his passion for travel and for discovering hidden places. Thankfully, he carries a tripod with him! Check out his dreamy photo from a recent trip to England and learn why Induro has earned a place in his bag.
This photo was taken at one of the streams of Dartmoor National Park in Southwest England.
Generally speaking, I like to have a tripod that’s light enough for longer treks and small enough so it doesn’t bother me when trying to reach hard or narrow spots. At the same time, it needs to be sturdy and able to handle the difficulties I often face when taking the shot. I use an Induro Carbon 8X CT113.
Landscape photographer Mike Prince was dismayed by the prohibitively high cost of most quality ball and socket heads until he discovered the Induro BHL3. He found it to be not only comparable to the competition, but even slightly better, and at a much reduced cost. He writes:
“The finish is superb and everything seems to work very smoothly. Once locked, there is no give and no sag. In operation the head is as good if not better than any other I’ve ever used or owned….”
Although difficult to find in the U.K., Prince went the extra mile and we’re glad he did. Thanks, Mike!
Tom Shue has been shooting for over 15 years. When he went looking for a new tripod he knew what he wanted and he wasn’t afraid to say it:
“I am a huge fan of heavy duty stuff. I like stuff to last even when I am a little rough on it… I hate having to re buy something because it failed… I still shoot 4×5 and 8×10, a mix of 645 and 6×7 medium format too. With the price of film not to mention the effort involved in making an image, I don’t have time for junk tripods.”
The book is described as “everything journalists need to know about using an iPhone for reporting,” encompassing equipment, app-, and kit-reviews and example videos. After rigorous testing, the authors came up with a list of recommended gear for the essential kit, including the CM14. We’re flattered!
David S., of Sonic Orb Studios, recently bought the Induro AT114 for a trip to Texas and posted a video review of his new gear.
David demonstrates the tripod’s features from top to bottom, from the reversible ⅜” or ¼” stud to the weather-resistant feet. In between, he points out the reversible center post, the three different locking positions for each leg, the half-turn rubber grip leg locks and more.
Since easy travel was David’s modus operandi when choosing this tripod, he highlights the tripod’s light weight and small size. It weighs less than three pounds and is only 19” high when folded. He concludes, “It’s a fantastically lightweight tripod that fits…into any carry-on… I think it’s a fantastic buy… When I’m traveling, I definitely choose the Induro tripod.”
Induro tripods are made to travel. Through sand, water, and dirt, they endure it all. Once you’re back in the safety and comfort of your own home, you might consider giving your tripod some well deserved R&R. Roger Cicala of lensrental.com takes us through the steps of cleaning and caring for a variety of tripod types.
He writes, “tripods are probably the easiest things in a photographer’s kit to disassemble, clean internally, troubleshoot, and fix. So I thought I’d put together a little how-to-fix-it-up guide for those of you who have a gritty, sticky, loose, or just plain dirty tripod.”
The rigors of nature photography are demanding not only to photographers themselves, but also to their gear. This is why when Greg Basco had to choose what to take with him to Costa Rica for a book project, he had to choose carefully. He needed something lightweight, travel-friendly, durable, and quick.
“The Induro CT313 is truly a joy to use in the field. Setup and takedown is quick and easy as is disassembly for cleaning (I took everything apart and washed the parts off in the shower of my beachfront hotel room a couple of months ago after a session photographing bioluminescent algae and subjecting the tripod to plenty of immersion in saltwater). The built-in padding on the legs makes carrying the tripod comfortable, even on long hikes. In sum, with great build quality, great features, light weight, and a very competitive price of around $550, the CT313 is definitely a winner. I don’t plan on using any other tripod for a long long time!”
His thoughts on the BHL2 Ballhead are very similar:
After nearly half a year of use, I can honestly say that I have no complaints about the BHL2 ballhead. At a weight of just 1.1 lbs. and a price of $270, it’s a great purchase. I plan on this being my ballhead for the foreseeable future without question.
The post has lots of great photos by Greg’s son Chris of both products, including the gear bags which accompany the tripod. His shots of the tool kit alone are great for gear geeks everywhere.
Take a look at the entire review to see more details and a video of Basco demoing the tripod in Costa Rica. While you’re there, check out his portfolio of nature images. Thanks and keep up the great work, Greg!
A tripod that can hold over 200 pounds, Jeff writes, is “like something straight out of Star Wars.” Don’t worry. It’s not a cheap prop held by an extra in the background. As Baker points out, “…any object this small that can hold a grown man and live to tell the tale probably puts ruggedness at the top of its list.”
Watch the Induro blog and site for breaking details about the much-anticipated Hi-Hat. Read Baker’s full post here.