A tripod can make the difference between a professional-grade photo, and something even a five-year-old can take.
Tripods offer many advantages. For starters, one will prevent you from having to spend hours getting the camera into position.
While tripods can be immensely useful, if you are not an employed photographer, you may not want to spend $500 on a branded tripod. But even a cheap $10 tripod is better than no tripod.
If you want to fine tune your photography skills with a tripod, here is a list of affordable ones to consider:
9 Best Tripods Under $100- 2017
Rangers 57” Ultra Compact and Lightweight Aluminum Tripod with 360° Panorama Ball head, ideal for travel and work
Tips for Buying a Tripod with a $100 Budget
Buying a cheap tripod can be tricky. You will have to take care to make sure you are not getting ripped or are ending up with the wrong product. Here are several tips that will help you choose a good tripod under $100:
Do not expect the cheapest tripods to last or be super stable. The tripods mentioned in this list that cost less than $20 are solid products but do not expect them to be the same as professional-grade tripods because they are not. Usually, for the price advantage, you may have to sacrifice some other aspect like durability.
Buy a tripod with quick lease plates so you can use it easily on the go.
Make sure you know how to assemble the tripod. Read the detailed product description to find out how the tripod has to be assembled. Buy a tripod that requires as little assembly as possible. Otherwise, you will lose your chance to take your shot because you are too busy screwing the tripod legs together.
Check the measurements when standing and when collapsed. If you are planning to travel, get a tripod that is very compact when collapsed.
Do know whether the type of camera, smartphone or GoPro you have can be mounted on the tripod. Some smaller tripods support only small cameras. If you are not sure, directly ask the seller before purchasing the tripod.
Buy tripods with rubberized legs or ones with leg locks. This is very import