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Discussion in 'Photography' started by MKJo, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. MKJo

    MKJo New Member

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    I'm umming and ahhing whether to get a tripod or not. I had a quick peek and found they're much cheaper than I expected.
    Wouldn't be able to carry it round the parks in the day, but could take it at night to get some good pics, and on the cruise too.

    Apart from fireworks, what other situations would it be useful in?

    What minimum height would you recommend (especially for taking Wishes)?

    Found these 2-

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-450D-...6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1298995426&sr=1-6

    http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/77483/show.html
     
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    SportsMickey A walking SportsCenter

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    I love my tripod for nightime photos. I can't imagine doing longer exposures without it.
     
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    Do you think this would be tall enough?
    Max Height: 145cm
     
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    SportsMickey A walking SportsCenter

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    Is long exposure generally what a tripod would be required for? I only ever thought they would be used when running to get into a timed photo :lol:
     
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    long exposure, good fireworks shots, really anything low light coupled with a shutter release to minimize camera shake
     
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    Would you say it's worth me buying one and carting it over? (having trouble making a decision!)
     
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    I'd highly recommend getting one/taking one. You won't regret it once you see your pics.

    The height would be fine, assuming you aren't 6ft 3 :unsure:
    My Gitzo tripod is 1m 51cm tall, I am 5ft 10 and it is perfect for me :thumbs:

    I'd buy one when you get there if you are buying in the £30 price range, you will get a better one in USA than UK for the same price.
    That will also save you the hassle of packing them, they take up more room than you would think in a suitcase
     
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    Where would I go to get one over there? :unsure:
     
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    SportsMickey A walking SportsCenter

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    Walmart or Best Buy would be your best bets
     
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    Next question: Where's the nearest Best Buy? :hehe:
     
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    SportsMickey A walking SportsCenter

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    I think the closest is at the Loop (across the street) but SM can confirm that for me - I was only there 5 months :D

    That was the one my GPS sent me to as the closest from the CP Apartment
     
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    BB is going to have the best selection, but a bit more expensive than WM. The WM close to the intersection of SR-535 and US-192 will have a few, it's a more tourist friendly WM.

    There are three BBs in the area, The Loop, Florida Mall and Millennia Mall. I don't even consider the one at Florida Mall, it's way too busy and the people who work there are extremely rude, not all of them but the majority.

    The one at Millennia Mall is the better one in the area, but a bit farther to get to. The one at The Loop is your best option. From Disney property, take Osceola Parkway (toll road) and go East. You won't miss it, The Loop will be at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and and John young Parkway.

    Here is the Google Map.

    I would get this one, good price and the pistol grip makes it super easy and fast to adjust.
     
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    Good to know I didn't go to one further away than I had to ;)
     
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    Next question... :hehe:

    What's the low-down on setting up a tripod on Main St for Wishes? Presume you can't do it before the show starts because they try to keep the road clear? :unsure:
     
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    You can set up on Main St before Wishes starts. :yes: As long as there's not a parade coming, you just set up. The Hub is also a good spot, getting centered with the Partners statue in front of you. Then you'll get pictures like this:

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    There are photopass photographers who will be there too, so sometimes you've got to get between them. One thing to keep in mind, people do NOT pay attention when they're walking around and certainly aren't expecting someone to have a tripod set up with a camera on it, so you'll have to be 'on guard' the entire time it's there so that it doesn't get knocked down. I try to surround my gear with stuff that we have with us to make a larger more noticeable 'footprint' so to spak.
     
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    Hey Jo - found a picture that I took from the middle of Main St. - mid way down the street.....just to give you an idea of perspective:

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    Do you ever have a problem with people coming standing in front of your tripod blocking the view once you've set up?
     
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    In the mid-Main St. picture you can see that I did. However, I didn't have my tripod extended all the way up, so could have potentially 'cropped' some of those people out just by being over their heads. It doesn't ever seem to be a problem if I'm in the hub (the blue fireworks pic), I don't know why that is, maybe because there's not that much room for as many people as standing directly in the middle of the street.
     

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