Baking Wonderland

Good photographers try to be prepared for almost any contingency. Unfortunately, if you tried to carry everything you’d need to meet every contingency in the field, you’d have to pack like a Bedouin trader.

Many times that simply isn’t possible and other times it’s not desirable. So the seasoned photographer learns to be resourceful.

A Monopod

In all but the most extreme lighting situations a monopod can substitute nicely for a tripod and is a lot easier to carry. With practice you’ll be able to hold a monopod nearly as stable as a tripod, for a short time anyway. For those times you have to drag a tripod to the beach or sandy area, grab three tennis balls on the way out the door.

Cut a hole big enough for your tripod leg and fit a tennis ball over each end.