How Tall Should a Tripod Be for Photography?

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The height of the tripod you use in photography depends on a number of things, including exactly what it is that you're trying to photograph. Find out how tall a tripod should be for photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'd like to share with you some tips on how high you should put your tripod while shooting a photograph. Now this is completely up to the photographer's artistic vision that he has for the photograph but if you're ever in doubt, when you're shooting a picture of somebody, putting the tripod even with the subject's eye level is never a bad option. So if they are sitting down in a chair, feel free to drop that tripod down a little bit lower and get it eye level but now at the same time you can feel free to raise that tripod as high as you want and have your subject look up at the camera or even drop it down low and make them look down at it. Now shooting up on somebody isn't necessarily the most flattering angle that you can possibly get. If somebody doesn't have a defined jawline, this can actually be very unflattering, though, if done correctly, when you shoot up at somebody you can actually get a very iconic and almost heroic pose out of them. Now it's really up to you but either way that was a few tips on where to put the tripod height when you're shooting a photograph. I'm Dan Reinecke. Take your best shot.

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