Windy Days at Doc Miles Photo Tours San Francisco

January 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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On my tours, many clients bring their own tripods. In most cases it is the high quality Gitzo Traveler ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=759477&Q=&is=REG&A=details) . It weighs only four pounds and fits in a briefcase or carry on. A really fantastic tripod for most situations, except for windy conditions.

The locations we shoot can get breezy and sometimes, downright windy. This presents a serious problem for the 30 second exposures from the high places we shoot. The best solution comes in four parts:

1. Get as low as possible to the ground and use any natural barrier to the wind that may be near by. Sometimes that will cut the camera shake significantly.

2. Get close to the camera and open up a jacket holding out your arms to create a wind barrier around the camera.

3. Use weight to hold the tripod steady. This can be done is a variety of ways:

  • I always carry a small tote bag that folds into itself to place a rock in and suspend from the tripod. (You can get these at Whole Foods or similar store for a couple of dollars).
  • Use your back pack or camera bag to suspend it from the tripod and clip your strap with a small carabiner.

4. Turn on Vibration Reduction. While this is not recommended in normal conditions while on a tripod, it seems to help in a windy situation.

I tried all these tips last Saturday and they seemed to work pretty well. I hope this helps.

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