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160 pages

John Shaw's Nature Photography Field Guide

Creator: John Shaw | 2000

This is about the only Gitzo tripod I do not recommend.) The G-I548 weighs in at 6 3/4 pounds and also has four leg sections. Since the legs are a large diameter , it is very solid. The only problem with carbon fiber ...

Publisher: Amphoto

About this book
An updated bestseller, this book of extraordinarily beautiful photographs of nature contains state-of-the-art instruction on how any photographer can aim for equally impressive results every time a camera is focused on the great outdoors. Even highly skilled photographers are often baffled by the problems facing them when they work outdoors. But with this exceptional field guide in hand, every photographerbeginner, serious amateur, semi-pro, and procan conquer the problems encountered in the field. Using his own exceptional work as examples, the author discusses each type of nature subject and how to approach photographing it. Specific advice and information cover selection of equipment and lenses; how to compose a shot; how to get close ups; and other tips covering a range of techniques to enrich various types of nature photographs.



144 pages

John Shaw's closeups in nature

Creator: John Shaw | Photography - 1987-09-01

These tripods are the Slik M322 on left and the Gitzo 320 with a Bogen 3047 head on right. Both tripods offer low- level ground positioning. I've taped the legs of my Gitzo to keep my hands from getting ...

Publisher: Amphoto Books

About this book
The nature photographer John Shaw offers the first book to apply closeup techniques to the subject of nature. Most of the available material on closeup photography concentrates on studio techniques, which can't be used effectively in the field. Discussing the basic technical considerations as they apply to outdoor closeup photography, Shaw covers exposure, equipment, and composition. Specific techniques and equipment applications include - extension tubes and bellows; macro lenses; internal focusing lenses; zoom lenses; supplementary lenses; teleconverters; flash; and lighting. Studio work and other methods are explained in relation to why they are not practical in the field. The book is illustrated throughout with Shaw's fine, full-color images.



144 pages

John Shaw's landscape photography

Creator: John Shaw | Photography - 1994-04-01

The Gitzo 341, with the same legs as the 320, gives you the option of removing the centerpost assembly entirely and replacing it with a flat platform. Consequently, this tripod will go absolutely flat on the ground if you need that ...

Publisher: Amphoto Books

About this book
From grand vistas to intimate woodland glades, landscapes are favorite photography subjects. Too often, however, photographer's visual experiences of the majestic outdoors aren't reflected in the pictures they make. Why? Because many people overlook the importance of good technique, believing that exotic locations and expensive lenses create fantastic pictures. As John Shaw, the famous nature photographer and best-selling author, demonstrates in this definitive book, expertise as a landscape photographer comes from mastering techniques and developing a personal response to nature, not from having a large budget for travel and equipement. John Shaw's Landscape Photographyteaches that producing good photographs means learning how to control the tools of photography: camera equipement, lenses, film, light, and exposure. The goal Shaw proposesis to make technical proficiency second nature, so that it doesn't intrude when it is time to compose great pictures. With lessons fully illustrated by 195 color photographs, including many before-and-after sequences, this beautiful book also covers all the basics of photographic design and composition that characterize brillian portraits of the landscape.


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  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod for Cameras

    Photography (Gitzo)

    Rating (33 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Gitzo

    Get the 1544T instead!

    0 3/5 PDXJosh (Portland, OR) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) The ballhead must be removed for this to folded to its stated dimensions. The newer 1544t has a shorter center column to allow for the ballhead to be covered by the legs when they are folded back. I bought this one and was disappointed until I realized they came up with the 1544t. Much better and only a few bucks more. The only difference again is the slightly shorter center column. 99.9% of the time you should not raise the center column anyway to keep the tripod more stable. I now have the 1544t with a Really Right Stuff BH-30 ball head and the combo is perfect for backpacking and travel. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 24, 2013

    Expensive but worth it

    I told myself "I'll never spend $600 on a tripod! How good could it be?" Well, when I was at a local photo store I lifted a Gitzo Mountaineer in one hand and the I already have in the other. The difference in weight was surprising. The Traveler is even a bit lighter. It's so much lighter than any aluminum tripod out there.For traveling the Traveler folds up to a bit over 20" with the legs folding up over the head. I have a Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 488RC2 ballhead and unfortunately I have to remove it to fold the legs back. Not a big deal but a bit of a pain.If you carry a tripod with you hiking or just walking around town you'll quickly appreciate the weight savings this offers. It's good quality construction and should last years... 5/5 Fred (northern VA) - See all my reviews I told myself "I'll never spend $600 on a tripod! How good could it be?" Well, when I was at a local photo store I lifted a Gitzo Mountaineer in one hand and the Induro Alloy 8M Tripod AT-213 (Black) I already have in the other. The difference in weight was surprising. The Traveler is even a bit lighter. It's so much lighter than any aluminum tripod out there.For traveling the Traveler folds up to a bit over 20" with the legs folding up over the head. I have a Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head with Quick Release Replaces Manfrotto 488RC2 ballhead and unfortunately I have to remove it to fold the legs back. Not a big deal but a bit of a pain.If you carry a tripod with you hiking or just walking around town you'll quickly appreciate the weight savings this offers. It's good quality construction and should last years... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 28, 2011

    Exceptional for what it is.

    I purchased this tripod for a recent international trip as I was traveling with only carry-on luggage and my other tripod is far too large to fit in such an arrangement. Knowing that this is a rather tiny unit, I didn't have particularly high hopes regarding overall stability, even considering the name brand. It turns out I was mostly wrong and this unit has done so much to impress me that I've yet to go out with my large tripod since obtaining this one. It works very well for me. It won't necessarily work very well for you, so please read on.I'm 5'11" and with the legs fully extended, the center column all the way up, with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 and a Nikon D600, the viewfinder sits maybe an inch below eye level. As far as I'm concerned, this is as close to perfect as I'm ever going to get from a tiny tripod. Yes, I'd much rather have a tripod that gets to eye level with no center column for the added stability, but that's clearly not going to happen with this... 5/5 kendalltristan - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I purchased this tripod for a recent international trip as I was traveling with only carry-on luggage and my other tripod is far too large to fit in such an arrangement. Knowing that this is a rather tiny unit, I didn't have particularly high hopes regarding overall stability, even considering the name brand. It turns out I was mostly wrong and this unit has done so much to impress me that I've yet to go out with my large tripod since obtaining this one. It works very well for me. It won't necessarily work very well for you, so please read on.I'm 5'11" and with the legs fully extended, the center column all the way up, with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 and a Nikon D600, the viewfinder sits maybe an inch below eye level. As far as I'm concerned, this is as close to perfect as I'm ever going to get from a tiny tripod. Yes, I'd much rather have a tripod that gets to eye level with no center column for the added stability, but that's clearly not going to happen with this... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 5, 2013
    List Price: $756.00
    Carbon Fiber construction
    Ground level set for low shooting
    G-Lock for quick and accurate locking action
    Highly portable support with no compromise


  • Gitzo

    Gitzo G1026 Weekend Compact Performance Tripod

    Photography (Gitzo)

    4 Section
    Supports 5.50 lb (2.49 kg)
    Collapsed length: 16 in
    Max height: 48.875 in


  • Ravelli

    Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag

    Photography (Ravelli)

    Rating (887 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Ravelli

    WOW!

    I've got to say everything the other reviewers have said is true. This thing is awesome, especially for the money. I've broken this down into PRO's and CON's because there are a few nit picky negatives, but I say GET IT!PROS1. Pistol Ball grip - This thing is awesome. Easy to adjust and rock solid in any position. I'm doing a lot of portrait work and constantly changing from landscape to portrait. Position changes are instantanious.Grip is easy to work.2. All Aluminum construction - That pretty much says it. Everything is either cast or extruded aluminum. And not the cheap stuff either.3. Adjustable positions - The main legs can be independantly set to any of three angles allowing for almost any configuration you could think of. The center shaft can easily be inverted for low shots.4. Carrying bag.- Unlike what another reviewer had said, you CAN put the tripod in the bag without removing the head as long as you tilt the head... 5/5 Johncal - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag (Camera) I've got to say everything the other reviewers have said is true. This thing is awesome, especially for the money. I've broken this down into PRO's and CON's because there are a few nit picky negatives, but I say GET IT!PROS1. Pistol Ball grip - This thing is awesome. Easy to adjust and rock solid in any position. I'm doing a lot of portrait work and constantly changing from landscape to portrait. Position changes are instantanious.Grip is easy to work.2. All Aluminum construction - That pretty much says it. Everything is either cast or extruded aluminum. And not the cheap stuff either.3. Adjustable positions - The main legs can be independantly set to any of three angles allowing for almost any configuration you could think of. The center shaft can easily be inverted for low shots.4. Carrying bag.- Unlike what another reviewer had said, you CAN put the tripod in the bag without removing the head as long as you tilt the head... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 4, 2010

    A whole lotta tripod for the money.

    I'm 6' 3" tall, and needed a tall, stable tripod. After reading positive reviews on Amazon, I decided to take a chance on the Ravelli APGL4.PROS:1) very sturdy and stable2) capable of extending tall enough for an NBA player to use3) well-designed panhead is quick to adjust, and holds position securely4) all metal construction5) adjustable tension leg locks hold legs securely6) two instant-release mounting plates7) very versatile8) reversible column9) 3 bubble levels on panhead10) includes Allen wrenches for adjustment11) low costCONS:1) not ready to use right out of the box - loose screws & other minorassembly glitches easily fixed with a screwdriver & Allen wrenches2) screws are made of a softer metal than they should be.3) a few screw heads were deformed by assembly at the factory4) funky smell from manufacturing5) somewhat heavy6) graphite... 4/5 R. Ballard "Radio DJ" (Iowa, USA) - See all my reviews, April 23, 2011

    Great Value

    I ordered this tripod and am truly impressed. This is a sturdy, well constructed tripod that performs beyond my expectations for this price. The pistol grips by themselves can cost more than this entire setup.Pros:1. Solid, the weight provides great stability and it feels like it can take a lot of abuse. Nothing about this screams 'cheap'.2. Pistol grip head is easy to use and locks solidly in place. When the trigger is released it doesn't budge the smallest amount even supporting my camera and heaviest lens. I'm not sure I could ever go back to a pan head tripod again.3. Extends to about 6 feet high. Collapses to about 2 feet when not in use.4. Comes with an extra quick release plate, adjustment wrenches, carrying case and a free mini tripod.Cons:1. This is a heavy tripod, I didn't weigh it but must be close to 10 pounds easily. Not ideal for taking on long treks hiking to photo spots.2. Could be considered bulkier... 5/5 JR - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag (Camera) I ordered this tripod and am truly impressed. This is a sturdy, well constructed tripod that performs beyond my expectations for this price. The pistol grips by themselves can cost more than this entire setup.Pros:1. Solid, the weight provides great stability and it feels like it can take a lot of abuse. Nothing about this screams 'cheap'.2. Pistol grip head is easy to use and locks solidly in place. When the trigger is released it doesn't budge the smallest amount even supporting my camera and heaviest lens. I'm not sure I could ever go back to a pan head tripod again.3. Extends to about 6 feet high. Collapses to about 2 feet when not in use.4. Comes with an extra quick release plate, adjustment wrenches, carrying case and a free mini tripod.Cons:1. This is a heavy tripod, I didn't weigh it but must be close to 10 pounds easily. Not ideal for taking on long treks hiking to photo spots.2. Could be considered bulkier... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 16, 2010
    List Price: $399.99
    Invertible Quick Release center Column
    Pistol Grip Tilt Adjustment Head
    Quick Release Leg Locks
    Rubber And Spiked Feet Included
    Quick Release Camera plate


  • Bogen

    Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Tripod Series 2 4 Section (Black)

    Photography (Bogen)
    List Price: $967.00

    G-Lock Ultra leg logs
    Reversible column
    Constructed from Carbon exact
    Built in hook
    Supports up to 39lbs


  • Dolica

    Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

    Photography (Dolica)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Dolica

    feature rich tripod!

    0 5/5 Kirk (IL, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) It is made out of aluminum. Light enough to carry around the whole day yet still very sturdy. The aluminum ball head actually performs well. Once you've got the desired angle and lock it in place, the camera will stay on that angle until you release the lock unlike my 20 usd tripod. Im using a d80 with 18-270mm lens attached. That's about 1.2kg weight. The tripod is rated by the manufacturer to handle up to 13 lbs of equipment. Other features are a quick release plate, 2 bubble levels ( one on the head and the other on the legs), user replaceable aluminum tripod head, a threaded weight hook and spiked feet. The tripod can also converted so you can take macro shots. The legs can be locked in position independent of one another. With all these features plus great performance, this tripod is a steal!One minor hiccup, the plastic on the leg clamps, while not cheap, isnt top of the line. But they get the job done so it a no issue for me 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 26, 2009

    Great Tripod for the Price

    If you're a professional photographer, go look at Manfrotto or some of the other high end brands. If you're an amateur photographer looking for a good tripod that won't cut into your lens budget, then look no further.The ball head is nice, but is sometimes a bit unwieldy, and difficult to set. Sometimes you have to crank down the tightening nut a lot to get it to stay. The snaps that extend the legs are plastic feel cheap, but what can you expect from such an inexpensive tripod?On the good side, you are getting a ball head tripod, with legs that can be extended past their typical angle. They also have nice padding on them which is great in the Northern climates when you have to work without gloves. The tips of the legs can be rotated to reveal spikes for difficult terrain, and there's two bubble levels: one on the legs of the tripod, and one on the actual ball head. There's also a compass, if you need that utility. Even with all that, you still get a pretty... 4/5 R. Kanzig - See all my reviews, April 12, 2009

    Dolica AX620B100 62-inch Proline Tripod w/ball head

    0 3/5 irJIM (northern, CA USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) Great tripod with performance legs that spread low and wide for macro work for the price. The quick release plate, quick flip lever leg release and lock, bubble levers, and a good tripod case besides being light and compact is great. The weak area for this tripod is the weak strength of the legs when fully extended, it has too much play but great for P&S digitals O.K. for small dSLR with small lens. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 22, 2009
    List Price: $65.99
    62" Aluminum Proline Tripod
    Ballhead, quick release plate and bubble level
    Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet
    Support up to 13.2 lbs


  • Gitzo

    Gitzo GT-531 Series 00 Carbon 6x 3 Section G-Lock Tripod - Replaces GT350 (Black)

    Photography (Gitzo)

    Rating (3 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Gitzo

    SMALL GITZO TRIPOS

    0 5/5 W. P. ford (seaford, new york) - See all my reviews, June 22, 2013

    and perfect for my backpacking trips

    0 5/5 T. West "IM Fletch" (Portland, OR) - See all my reviews, August 18, 2014

    Excellent lightweight tripod

    0 5/5 S. Hooton "Samsung52LCD" (Juneau, AK USA) - See all my reviews, July 13, 2014
    List Price: $473.00
    Price: $337.99
    You Save: $135.01 (29%)
    weighs only 0.8lbs
    removable reversible rapid shift center column
    6 layer carbon fiber construction for lightness strength and durability
    Will hold up to 6.6lbs
    Maximum height of 26.4"


  • Manfrotto

    Manfrotto BeFree Compact Lightweight Tripod for Travel Photography (Black)

    Photography (Manfrotto)

    Rating (131 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Manfrotto

    Great travel tripod

    0 5/5 Craig P. Donovan - See all my reviews, July 10, 2013

    Excellent travel tripod

    I love my big Manfrotto tripod, but it's heavy to lug around on a hike, and kind of big to pack in a suitcase or carry on board when flying. This compact tripod is a good compromise in size and "heavy duty-ness" when you need to carry it for hours in the hills or out in the desert. The included carry case, with shoulder strap, is very handy if I haven't got anywhere left to tie it on my camera pack. It isn't as tall as my regular tripod, but I'm willing to live with that. I leave the big tripod at home more often now, or use both when I'm shooting with both normal and infrared cameras.Because of the light weight, it's easier to knock over if you bump into it, so you might want to consider attaching a sandbag if that's a concern for you.UPDATE 10 Nov 2013: Just wanted to add that I used this tripod recently during a landscape workshop in Yosemite National Park. I learned that you DO NOT want to use it with the center post fully extended if your shutter speed is... 5/5 Guy Ivie (Fallon NV USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I love my big Manfrotto tripod, but it's heavy to lug around on a hike, and kind of big to pack in a suitcase or carry on board when flying. This compact tripod is a good compromise in size and "heavy duty-ness" when you need to carry it for hours in the hills or out in the desert. The included carry case, with shoulder strap, is very handy if I haven't got anywhere left to tie it on my camera pack. It isn't as tall as my regular tripod, but I'm willing to live with that. I leave the big tripod at home more often now, or use both when I'm shooting with both normal and infrared cameras.Because of the light weight, it's easier to knock over if you bump into it, so you might want to consider attaching a sandbag if that's a concern for you.UPDATE 10 Nov 2013: Just wanted to add that I used this tripod recently during a landscape workshop in Yosemite National Park. I learned that you DO NOT want to use it with the center post fully extended if your shutter speed is... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 24, 2013

    Really works well

    0 4/5 Keith E. Nelson "Keith & Diane" (Pullman, Wa) - See all my reviews, August 22, 2013
    List Price: $223.00
    Supports up to 8.8lbs
    Light and compact design
    Designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks


  • Bogen

    Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Tripod Ser.3 4S Long (Black)

    Photography (Bogen)
    List Price: $1,106.00

    Built in hook
    Leg angle selector with spring
    Reversible column
    G-Lock Ultra leg logs
    Constructed from Carbon exact


  • Manfrotto

    Manfrotto MKCOMPACTLT-BK Compact Tripod (Black)

    Photography (Manfrotto)

    Rating (26 reviews):
    (4.8/5)
    Manfrotto

    Little Sticks

    0 5/5 Ray (Washington DC) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Manfrotto MKCOMPACTLT-RD Compact Tripod (Red) (Electronics) Your best camera...as well as your tripod (aka sticks) is the one you have WITH YOU.Like this set of sticks because it's light (1.8 pounds.) easy to carry but big enough to get the job done.It's not tall (51.6 inches tall with center column extended.)I'm happy with the height trade off for the better portability.Also , has a good ball head.Is excellent for use with mirrorless cameras but can handle SLRs if needed. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 11, 2014

    Worth the step up from super cheap tripods -its Light AND Sturdy

    0 5/5 Caleb - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Manfrotto MKCOMPACTLT-BK Compact Tripod (Black) (Electronics) I love this tripod.I do a lot of interviews (with a GH4) and needed a second tripod. This is now my go to tripod when the camera will be static.It is super light and compact and comes with a very handy carrying case.The metal legs and clips are very durable and sturdy. It feels quality. The 1/8inch side tightner is works great.I highly recommend it. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 9, 2014

    Perfect compact tripod.

    0 5/5 B. Gilbert (Pigeon Forge, TN USA) - See all my reviews, January 7, 2015
    List Price: $67.00
    Universal 1/4' attaching screw
    Special adapter for Sony Nex 5R/5T included
    Perfect for Compact Cameras
    Built in ball head


  • Giotto

    Giottos MT8350 Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod Series III Professional

    Photography (Giotto)
    List Price: $469.99
    Price: $168.11
    You Save: $301.88 (64%)

    Load capacity 11 lbs
    Weight 3.3 lbs
    Folded length 22"
    Maximum height with center column 62.6", maximum height without center column 53.5", minimum height without center column 9.4"
    Leg diameter 25mm


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