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July 2012 Digital Dogbowl

NoBS TeeVee Episode 21

Should You (Still) Own A Tripod? by Robert Provencher

When should you use a tripod? Seems like a simple question, but one many are, well, too embarrassed to ask. Mainly because the tripod is such a staple tool and essential, so it seems.

First off, before I give you my take on this, let me state that many photographers always use a tripod. Always. And you may be one of those. I used to be, back in the day. As a matter of fact, I was a tripod snob. If you didn't use one, how could you even consider yourself a professional?

Of course the cameras warranted the use of stabilization. Those medium format cameras were big and bulky. The lenses alone were massive.

Then came the DSLR....and everything changed. For me it did, anyhoo. And for many others just like me who liked the freedom of shooting handheld. The speed, the lightness, the creativity. My true nature shone through and any reservations I had about using the tripod were gone like vapor in the wind. I loved, and love shooting hand held.

However, there are times, and for various reasons that using a tripod is important. Yes, it's come to that. No longer do I, or those like me, insist on shooting one way always. Sometimes I need to drag my trusted Manfrotto from the trunk of my car, dust it off and put it to work.

And the tripod I do use now, when I do use it, is way, I mean way smaller than the monster I had back in the day. At least that's a plus. And the head is lean, smooth and slick joystick. I love using the joy stick style head.


NoBS Video Highlights

Wedding Shootout Part Two

Join Rob on the continuation of his webinar, "Wedding Shootout" over at Photography Schoolhouse.

LINK: Shootout

Frontline with Gerri Milkovie

Here's another exciting interview with NoBS member, Gerri Milkovie. She shares with the gang how she got started in photography and where she's at today.

LINK: Gerri

Bull Pen Print Critique

Another exciting installment of the NoBS Bull Pen print critique has been posted. Watch and learn what judges look for in competition prints.

LINK: Bull Pen

Webinar With StickyAlbums

Looking for the next big thing to offer your clients? Watch this webinar with StickyAlbums to see a revolutionary new product for the digital photographer.

LINK: StickyAlbums

Hot Topics On The Forum

  • Baby First Year Client Turns Pro- But Wait, There's More! - "One of my Baby's First Year clients had her final session a few weeks ago and at the end of the session she told me that she has decided to be a baby and maternity photographer. I wished her luck, she picked my brains and asked me to CC some of her images and asked if I was willing to offer advice on occasions. I said I was happy to help where I could.... Tonight I have received an email from the client along with an attachment. The client has taken the proof into PS and carved it up and come up with her own design that she would like done. She has offered to send me the PSD file if I like, oh and she hopes I don't mind that she changed my proof around." - BFY Pro

  • US Olympic Team Photos - YIKES - "O. M. G. I have no words for how bad these photos are. Maybe just a few words: An embarrassment for the USA and for the profession of photography." Team USA

  • Client Put A Charge Back on CC 2 Months Later - "I am so sick to my stomach, Have you ever had a client pay by paypal then put a dispute/charge back after she has received her prints weeks or months later?

    Yesterday I received notification a client had asked for an investigation through paypal and wanted her money back, I was so confused as to why she did this, she has paid for them April 30th and they were picked up shortly after.. She loved them. Now I am stuck with 120.00 that I had to pay out of pocket and she literally now has my prints at no cost. What the heck do I do?" Charge Back

  • Help With Raw -"OK I have always shot Jpeg.... But shooting a very large family last weekend. Was concerned about lighting so I set my Canon5D to shoot Jpeg & raw..... Downloaded card thru lightroom and I see no raw images??? Only Jpegs??? Also I feel like ALL my images are slightly blurry HELP !!! Trying hard not to panic.." RAW

  • High End Clients - "Where do High End Clients hang out ? I'm trying to get in front of more people with more money. I'm not looking for Home address but I want to know what functions they attend." Money