A good tripod is one essential piece of kit for any photographer, but with so many different models, even from the one manufacturer, it can be a difficult decision to make. It can be all too tempting to buy a cheap tripod to start off with (which is what I did), but after a few months of use I can guarantee you’ll wish you’d spend the extra money to begin with! Cheaper tripods are usually sold as a one-piece setup; that is, the head is permanently attached to the legs. The head is usually of the pan/tilt variety, not the more flexible ball head. By being permanently attached to each other, if something goes wrong with either the legs or the head, you can’t replace them independently.
Once the sun goes down, the world takes on quite a different appearance. Things that were bland and ordinary during the day can spring to life at night. But taking photos in low-light situations is a little different to shooting during the day. Here are some tips to help you prepare for night photography.