Tripod or Monopod: Which to Pack?
Is a tripod a true necessity on a trip – or just extra weight?
The answer, as most photographers know, is both. While it can take up precious space in one’s luggage and add a few kilograms, when it comes to getting good sharp photos, especially landscape, architecture, and nighttime shots, there is no substitute for a stable shooting platform.
Today’s business traveler/photographer has a wide range of options available, ranging from inexpensive and relatively simple tripods to top-of-the-line models with sophisticated heads. And a tripod isn’t the only option – take away two legs and you have a monopod, a lighter, far more inexpensive shooting platform for the photographer on the go.
The key points to look at when selecting a tripod or monopod include its weight, load bearing capacity, extensibility, versatility, and the head.
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.