This post is part of a series of educational posts from photographers Jay and Varina Patel. If you like what you see, take a look at their eBooks. Discount code for Induro blog readers at the end of this post!
© Varina Patel
The moon is a gorgeous subject, but it can be tough to get the shot you want. Have you ever taken a photograph of the moon at night only to discover that it is so bright in your photograph that it appears as a bright, white spot? Do you want to capture a landscape photograph with objects in the foreground and the moon in the sky as well? The trick is to capture the scene at twilight. When the light is low, you can capture the moon and the foreground with a single exposure – without blowing out the moon or leaving the foreground pitch dark. Continue reading
Google+ may not be as big or as popular as some other social networks (you know who you are, Facebook) but it’s been a huge hit with the photography community. Shooters around the world have been posting good advice, interesting tips, and, of course, beautiful work ever since the service began.
Here are a couple of our favorite, talented photographers in the G+ community.
Ken Kaminesky is a lifestyle and travel photographer whose vibrant HDR work has gained him quite a following both on G+ and on his travel blog. He uses an Induro CT213 tripod and a Canon 1DS Mark III to capture stunning photos with a minimal amount of gear, allowing him to photograph in places where discretion is key, such as in the cathedral in Florence.
© 2013 Ken Kaminesky
© 2013 Eric Draper and The Photo Brigade
Eric Draper, the former Chief White House photographer, has teamed up with The Photo Brigade, an online photography community and blog, to launch a competition with some exciting prizes.
Submit your best documentary photograph and you’ll have your photograph featured on The Photo Brigade and take home the following:
The deadline to submit is April 3rd, 2013, so get cracking!
See the contest details and submit your entry on The Photo Brigade.
All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©The Photo Brigade, all rights reserved; story is ©Induro. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or repost elsewhere without written permission.
© 2013 Varina Patel
After Varina Patel’s review of her new Induro CT113 tripods, she’s back with a fascinating photo she shot during her trip.
It’s not everyday you get to photograph lava, but when you do you’re going to want to be ready. Varina’s been there and done that, and has a few tips to offer. Tip number one is “use a tripod.”
She writes, “I used a long shutter speed for this shot. Without a tripod, it would have been a lot more difficult. We need sturdy tripods that can handle some seriously difficult conditions. We were working on incredibly rough ground – and it got awfully hot at times. The soles of my hiking boots show some obvious damage from the heat and rough ground – but my Induro CT113 tripod stood up to it beautifully. This is a great place to put on the metal spikes some tripods come with. A little extra grip is a good thing out here. It can get windy by the sea, too – so a sturdy tripod is a must. We also recommend using a good ball head. I’m using Induro’s BHL1 ballhead, which has no trouble with my long, heavy lenses.”
Read the rest on her blog.
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© 2013 Varina Patel
Varina Patel says that she is “irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding [her] next photograph.” When we gave her a CT113 carbon fiber tripod and BHL1 ballhead to take to her next trip to Hawaii, we knew she’d give them a run for their money.
She says, “Hawaii is definitely a great place to abuse a tripod. It’s got everything. Sand, salt water and spray, rough terrain, dirt, heat, humidity, pouring rain… you name it… We were traipsing all over the islands, getting nice and sweaty and dirty – and carrying our tripods everywhere we went.”
© 2012 Joshua Cripps
Joshua Cripps strives to make photography reminding us of the sublime beauty of the natural world. He’s got passion, dedication, and more than a fair share of know-how, and it shows in his images. He sends along one of his recent seascapes and tells us what it took to get it.
I live in Santa Cruz and I’m lucky to have access to a world-class coastline. The rock formations, coves, shelves, and seastacks in this area are heaven on earth for a seascape photographer. My favorite beach in the area is called Hole in the Wall and is accessed via a sketchy climb or an even sketchier mountain goat trail. But I’ve been to the beach so many times I can practically get there with my eyes closed, and it’s my go-to spot when the conditions look good.
When I’m shooting seascapes I like to go out in decidedly non-beachy weather. Blue skies and warm sunshine? Yuck. Give me the storms, the cloudy skies, the pounding waves; that’s what makes for interesting coastal photography. But one of the downsides to living in Santa Cruz is you can count on the summer to bring alternately foggy and clear days, both of which make for crappy photography, in my opinion. Between the months of May and October my camera rarely gets to feel the tingle of salt spray on its lens, and I hardly even look at the sky.
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.
©2012 João Almeida
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.
I’ve come across photographer Scott Bacon‘s great review of Induro’s CT113 tripod. Scott often shoots outdoors and needs light, versatile gear. Looks like he found what he needed!
Below are some excerpts.
Being a hiker, backpacker, traveler, photographer, here were my requirements.
- Light, Light, Light! Carbon fiber, for sure.
- Sturdy and rigid enough for my Canon 5D Mark II and my selection of (smallish) lenses.
- 20-22″ folded length – better for strapping to backpacks and fitting in suitcases.
- 3-section non-rotating twist locks – for reasons stated above and I like the twist locks because they tend not to snag on tree branches and brush when hiking.
- Built-in bubble level – convenience.
- Hook at the bottom of the center column – don’t use it much, but surely nice to have when the wind is howling or when shooting in deep, powdery snow.
- 50″ height without center column extended – expedites setup with DSLR and works great with a 4×5 field camera.
- Padded grips on legs – just a “nice to have” – not really a requirement, I guess.
- Reasonably priced – I don’t mind spending on high quality gear, but I’m not going to pay for just a name when other alternatives of equal quality exist.
During my research I found that there are many more options in the world of carbon fiber tripods than there was 10 or 12 years ago! Of course, some of those products are made well and some… not so much. I read reviews and perused forums and decided on the Induro.
First impressions of the Induro Carbon 8x CT113 from a discerning photographer:
- Impressive! Very light, sturdy, and operates smoothly – love the non-rotating legs!!
- Perfect integration with my RRS BH-40 ball head – nicely balanced.
- Includes nice carrying case, spiked feet and small tool kit.
- Question about durability… Will this tripod last 10 years? Only time will tell, I guess. I can foresee deterioration of the foam pads on the legs – no big deal – replaceable. And I wonder about the same of the rubber on the twist locks – could be a bigger deal.
I’m quite happy with the Induro and I can’t wait to hit the trail and put it to work!
I love your new pictures….
See more of Scott Bacon, here.