Gear - Choosing the Tripod for Cityscape Photography

On top of Meriton Kent Street in Sydney, Australia

Hey there! If you’re interested in cityscape photography, I have a helpful tip for you. A tripod is a must-have tool that can make your pictures look amazing. Tripods not only provide a stable base for those long exposures but also help with framing and composition. The only question is, how do you choose the right tripod?



One important thing to consider is the material. There are two common options: aluminium and carbon fiber. Aluminium tripods are a bit heavier and more affordable, whereas carbon fiber tripods are lighter and more expensive but provide better stability.

Aluminium tripods can be a great choice if you’re on a budget, but they can be inconvenient to carry around and prone to some camera shake. Carbon fiber tripods, on the other hand, are the go-to if you’re serious about your photography as they offer better performance, are lightweight, and are more stable.

In the end, it all comes down to your needs and budget. If you’re just starting out with cityscape photography, I suggest you begin with an aluminium tripod. However, if you’re a pro who wants top-notch stability, go for the carbon fiber option.


When selecting a tripod, weight needs to be taken into account for a variety of factors. Firstly, if you're on a long photography session, a light tripod can be more comfortable to carry around. If more than one location is involved, a lighter tripod is the better option. You don't want to be lugging around a heavy tripod longer than you need to.
Secondly, when you use a heavy camera and lens combination, you'll want to opt for a heavier tripod. Cameras with longer lenses weigh considerable more and will require a sturdy tripod or else the shot will suffer from motion blur. A heavier tripod will add additional stability that a lighter tripod cannot provide.
Lastly, the conditions of shooting must be taken into account. For instance, if you live in a windy area, your tripod must have additional weight to keep it from toppling over. A heavier tripod can provide that stability in harsh weather conditions, which in turn can help produce sharper images in those difficult conditions.
In conclusion, weight plays a crucial role when choosing a tripod for cityscape photography. Determine how much weight you're willing to carry, what gear you'll be using and what kind of weather conditions you'll encounter before deciding on what tripod to buy. A little bit of thought beforehand can make all the difference in capturing that picture-perfect shot.


When it comes to cityscape photography, the size of the tripod is an important factor to consider. One of the first things to think about is the height of the tripod. In order to capture a great city skyline shot, you’ll likely need to get your camera up high enough to see over any surrounding buildings or structures. A tripod that is too short could make it difficult to get the angle you want, and you may end up with obstructions in your shot. Look for a tripod that can extend to at least eye level, if not higher.


Finally, consider the footprint of the tripod. In a cityscape setting, you may be working in a crowded area, such as a busy sidewalk. A tripod with a wide footprint could be cumbersome and may not be practical to use in such a setting. Look for a tripod with foldable legs or a smaller footprint that will allow you to set up easily without blocking foot traffic or getting in the way of other photographers.


Overall, selecting the right tripod for cityscape photography requires a careful consideration of several factors, including the material, weight, and size of the tripod. While aluminium tripods can be a good budget-friendly option, they may not provide the stability needed for professional-quality shots, especially in windy conditions. 


Carbon fiber tripods, while more expensive, are an excellent choice for serious photographers who need top-notch stability and performance.


Additionally, the weight of the tripod must be taken into account, depending on the length and weight of the camera and lens, as well as the shooting conditions. 


Finally, the size and footprint of the tripod must be considered, especially when shooting in crowded areas. By taking these factors into account, you can ensure that you select the right tripod for your cityscape photography needs, and capture stunning, picture-perfect shots every time.

Which Tripods I currently use

My primary tripod of choice comes in two sections. I use the Benro TMA37C
for my tripod head, I purchased separately dedicated levelling head/ball head hybrid from a USA brand named Arcatech. For a secondary tripod, I use a compact carbon fibre tripod from Gitzo, the GT1545 set.

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