Best Tripods of the Year

When it comes to photography accessories, there’s nothing as valuable as a tripod.

Sure, filters are great, but at the end of the day, you can emulate most of their effects in post-processing.

Camera remotes are nice too, but by and large, you can get away with your camera’s self-timers.

Speedlights and reflectors can be beneficial as well, but if you shoot in the morning and evening hours, you can capitalize on beautiful Golden Hour lighting.

What’s difficult to do, though, is find a good substitute for a tripod.

You can set your camera on the hood of your car, but that might risk your camera falling off or scratching the paint.

You can rest your camera on a bean bag as well, but that’s not as versatile a solution as a tripod.

With that in mind, here’s my picks for the best tripods of the year.


Best Tripod Alternative – HandlePod


Though¬†HandlePod¬†isn’t technically a tripod, it still serves the same purpose.

In fact, it might be even more versatile than a tripod given that you can use it in a myriad of ways.

For starters, you can set it up as a tabletop quadpod, with its four rubber feet serving to give it a sturdy, stable base for your camera to take tack-sharp photos.

You can also fold the handle down 90-degrees, press its four feet against something strong like a wall, and you’ve got another means of steadying your camera.

Fold the handle down to 180-degrees, and you’ve got an ideal setup for taking photos and videos with a stabilizing handle that helps you get cleaner shots.