We have previously mentioned that you should consider taking a compact camera with you when going to a music festival rather than carry your expensive and heavy DSLR. However, the problem with compact cameras is that they mostly don’t have image stabilization, and you can’t change lenses on them either to add a stabilized one.
So what do you do when you need to take handheld shots but the light isn’t great? You use a monopod.
Lightweight, Cheap, and Portable
Now one could argue that taking along a tripod could be much more useful than a monopod, and one would be correct. However, we are focusing here on something that is portable and doesn’t slow you down. Can you imagine yourself dancing to music and then pausing to deploy your three-legged friend in a crowd of thousands? We certainly can’t.
A monopod is lightweight, it’s not too expensive, and it’s easy to carry. You can just fit it in your backpack and not even notice it most of the time. It’s simple to use, and you don’t need a lot of space to prop it up on the ground for some added stability when taking photos. This stability is of great use when you are planning on taking on HDR photos (click here to learn more) or when you want to use slightly longer exposures. Even when taking normal shots, you’ll see the added benefit of the stability a monopod offers while out and about.
So before you take off for your next music festival, invest a little in a monopod of your choice if you’re planning on taking good photos. You won’t regret it.