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Hi guys,.

Do you guys carry a tripod in theme parks like Disneyland? I'm pretty sure you could get beautiful night shots by using a tripod but I've never seen anyone with a tripod in Disneyland. I'm planning to visit Disneyland this December and hopefully with a G9 with me, but I don't know if I would bring a tripod 'cause it'll look silly and I would probably slow people down. Any tips for night shooting in Disneyland without a tripod?.

Thanks...

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You could steady your self and use a mono-pod if your just wanting less blur from standard night slow shutter speedsbut if you want to do long exposures for cool light effects that will not work..

If you go with a tripod, I would go for a small light one so it's easy to carry around and doesn't get in the way much, or maybe even a gorilla-pod and attach it to a light post or something.Sparky_caI have a photographic memory, but I always seem to have the lens cap on. Current Camera Canon 30D..

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Depending on your camera setup, you could carry a small bean bag or Pod. They are small, easy to carry and do a great job..

I also bought a RRS 25 head and mounted it on an Ergorest mini-tripod. Its about a foot high and easily handles a nice DSLR and lens setup. But it cost me about $225 to put it together...

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In situations like that I normally take a good mono-pod with me (with rotating head) and then try to find a good spot (railing, lamp post etc.) to provide the extra degree of stabilization when longer exposures are required.Duncan Bristowhttp://www.pbase.com/duncanbristow..

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Spade357 wrote:.

Hi guys,.

Do you guys carry a tripod in theme parks like Disneyland? I'm prettysure you could get beautiful night shots by using a tripod but I'venever seen anyone with a tripod in Disneyland. I'm planning to visitDisneyland this December and hopefully with a G9 with me, but I don'tknow if I would bring a tripod 'cause it'll look silly and I wouldprobably slow people down. Any tips for night shooting in Disneylandwithout a tripod?.

Thanks..

You do have to be selective in picking spots. Truly good spots in the middle of the open places are rare and the park is crowded. But with some effort and scouting, you can find good spots for them. However, I'd suggest that most folks will trade off some of the stability and weight for the convenience of light travel tripods. You can work away from the fireworks areas while the crowds are building for that and vice versa..

9 secs - check the spinning light toy being walked down the drawbridge:.

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Comment #4

I have a G9 and have read that you need the larger gorilla pod to use with the G9. I have a smaller gorilla pod for my previous smaller camera..

I've used monopods for things like theme parks and have seen other people using them too..

I always take my monopod with me on walks and do use it often. With the image stabilization now in my new G9, I don't know how much I'll need it compared to the older camera..

Again, I'm still in the learning curve...

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They have lockers which would accomodate smaller tripods and if worse comes to worse, you can leave it in your car and go out and get it as it gets dark. Kind of depends on park hours and crowds how you want to approach having one along..

Depends on operating hours and how many times you've been there, whether you are with group, family, etc., as to how much you want to be bothered with a tripod. My daughter works there now and I've made a lot of trips over the years so time spent fussing with a tripod isn't taking away from otherwise limited time to enjoy the park. If taking kids, or a first or short trip, I'm not sure I'd try to deal with a tripod..

"Table-top" tripods, the little ones can be helpful. You can rest them on trash cans, walls, or up against lamp posts, etc...

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