Tripods are an essential tool for any serious photographer, allowing you to keep your camera steady and stable for shots that require a longer exposure or a far zoom, keeping your photos from getting blurry. But not all places that you might want to take a photo from have the required clear, flat ground area for you to set it up. What do you do if you’re in a place that isn’t tripod friendly and you need its benefits?
You use a monopod such as this Manfrotto BOGEN 681B Professional Black Monopod, that’s what. Essentially, it’s one third of a tripod: one leg that you can screw your camera into and place on the ground. Obviously, you’ll need to keep holding it up, but it provides enough support to keep your camera as steady and stable as you need, and you can use it just about anywhere. It’s also much more portable than a full tripod, weighing a mere 1.7 pounds and telescoping down to a very carryable size. Who needs a full tripod, anyways?