Continuing on the theme of lost photography aides is the lowly tripod. These days most photographers rely on mini tripods to do their stationary photography. Yet, there is still a significant reason to invest and use a proper full size tripod.
We have featured numerous compact tripods on Unplggd before, but little emphasis has been paid to the usefulness of using a full sized tripods. The tripod makes taking very sharp low light photos much easier. Additionally, tripods enable the user to do all sorts of cool tricks that otherwise are not possible with handheld photography. Those tricks include HDR photos, star trails, and macro photography. The real disinterest in tripods seems to stem from their size and difficulty of transport.
The dedication to using a tripod means not only putting up with their bulk, but also being willing to actually use them. We have slowly rekindled our interest in our tripod due to our older Digital SLR's poor low light performance. Overall if we are out during a hardcore photo session, or taking lots of indoor photographs, the tripod has greatly enhanced our photo quality.