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Why are we obsessed with tripod height?

billg71

Acworth, GA, US
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billg71 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Aug 2006
Fri 22-Jun-12 12:33 AM | edited Fri 22-Jun-12 12:36 AM by billg71

I'll ask for forgiveness in advance, maybe I'm a heretic but I just can't come to grips with the idea that an ideal tripod/head combination elevates the viewfinder to the eye level of the photographer....

Isn't that what the average person with a smartphone does: walk up to a scene, raise the phone to where they can see it(eye level?) and shoot? And they walk away with a snapshot.

Yet I see countless threads here from members agonizing over what tripod/head combination to choose so they can walk up, splay the legs to the first stop and not have to stoop or look up.

I have marks on my tripod at eye-level leg extensions for long-lens use where the angle of view doesn't really matter but comfort does. Unless I'm shooting at 200mm+ I mostly ignore them, I'll stretch up and squat down looking for the perspective that gives me the best shot.

Shooting wide I'm almost always close to ground level to get some foreground detail and tripod height is a handicap, I want to get as low as I can. Eye-level height doesn't come into consideration in these circumstances(obviously).

Obviously I'm missing something but the concept that the ideal tripod/head combo jumps out of your car and unfolds itself at your particular eye level just doesn't strike me as a consideration.

So fill me in, what am I missing?

TIA,
Bill



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