Landscape photographer and Induro blog veteran Brian Rueb just got back from a trip to Germany and Italy and has some more fantastic shots to share. For his delicate landscape work, he depends on his Induro tripod. Here are his thoughts on tripod use.
When I began using a tripod for my photography, it was reluctantly so. I had been hand-holding everything for so long the thought of attaching my camera to a long piece of heavy, awkward, metal legs felt scary. I was sure it would stifle my creativity and present more of a hindrance than a help. When my primary photographic focus fell to the world of landscape photography, I quickly deduced having a tripod was, at best, very necessary to being successful and, at worst, an absolute requirement. With that realization in place, I did what most photographers do — I dished out as little financial resources as possible to procure the cheapest tripod I could find.
Raised all around the United States due to her father’s Air Force career, Robin Black is no stranger to different landscapes. Living in California for the past twelve years, she’s settled down a bit, and does the majority of her outdoor photography in the Sierra Nevadas, throughout the Southwest and on the California coast. An award-winning photographer, you won’t soon find her shooting on the runways of New York or Paris. She is deeply passionate about the nature and how our sun illuminates it.
Strategically located in Los Angeles, Black can reach the inspiring locations of her choice quickly. “L.A. makes a great base for landscape photography because it’s pretty easy to get up to either the west or eastern side of the Sierras from L.A.,” she explains. “The desert is close by, the coast is close by, so I can drive about three hours in any direction and be someplace great for photography.”
Photographer Eric Leslie has published an insightful review of his Induro AKB2 tripod. Leslie is an accomplished landscape photographer. Not only that, but he stands at a strapping six-foot, one-inch. With the AKB2 extended to its maximum height of 65.9 inches, Leslie doesn’t have to hunch over to see through the viewfinder of his DSLR. As he points out, all this tripod hardware is made from magnesium and aluminum, keeping the weight down to 4.2 pounds.
Leslie includes many detailed photos of the AKB2 in action. Here’s an excerpt of his review:
First and foremost, this tripod is rock solid. I’ve shot in high 60mph winds. I’ve stood it on the end of an icy slope. I’ve been thigh deep in a fast moving creek and my shots all come out sharp. It’s very easy to use with big and easy to set controls. Starting at the ground, there are three leg sections which are a snap to setup. There are only two clamps per leg so it’s very easy to go from folded to full height quickly.
Graham Tombs got serious with photography eight years ago with a small Panasonic camera. Drawn to shooting landscapes from the beginning, Tombs had aspirations to be an architect. He got involved in other career paths, and five years ago began working for a property developer as a project manager. At that time his love of architecture returned, and it quickly became the thing he always wanted in front of his lens. A native of Staffordshire in the U.K., he now lives in Kingswood, traveling wherever in the world he finds structures he wants to photograph.
We love discovering Induro users in places on the Internet we don’t normally browse. Photographer Dave M. Shumway is a new discovery for us, and we were happy to find his fine work on Glacier National Park Chat. He recently posted some of his work on that message board, along with an impressive, detailed write up of a trip to Yellowstone National Park.
We’ve been fans of Brian Rueb’s stunning landscape photography for some time now, and are very excited he’s made the following contribution to our ongoing Five Photography Tips series. We previously featured him here and here. What follows is Brian’s text and a small sample of his gorgeous work. See the links at the end of the piece to see more.
I often get asked my advice on what someone seeking to become a better photographer should do in order to achieve their goal. I think everyone, whether professional or not, is always seeking tips and ideas to help them get better. Rather than give some of the typical answers I read in various advice pieces in magazines and online I’m going to give you five different steps to becoming a better landscape photographer.
STEP 1 – Bust out of your comfort zone.
We all have different levels of “comfortable” when we’re out with the camera, no matter what subject we focus on. For me, it was always easier to stay close to the road, and off the unknown trails, and most importantly, out of the dark. If getting a shot required me hiking somewhere in the dark in order to be there for the good light, it wasn’t happening. My mind is an active place where every dark turn sees me mauled to bits by a bear or mountain lion. I couldn’t ever see a scenario where I ventured out into the darkness just to take photos. Obviously if that mentality persisted, I wouldn’t have a portfolio, and would probably be photographing weddings or senior portraits.
We wrote about Eric D. Brown’s engineering approach to photography and related gear last winter. Looks like our old friend is still taking his Induro CT314 into the wild, and getting great results. Here’s a beautiful shot he took at the Antelope Slot Canyon earlier this year.
"Sands of Time" by Eric D. Brown
You can see more of Eric’s landscape and wildlife photography at his wide-ranging blog. Good luck on that doctorate dissertation, Eric!