Do not go cheap.
As a new wedding photographer in Essex, it is important that you do not go cheap on the tripod that you invest in. A tripod that is cheap is also oftentimes sub standard. What this means is that it probably did not go through quality assurance checks at the end of the day. You might need to get things figured out one way or the other. As a professional wedding photographer, although your priority would normally turn out to be to go for the most cost efficient options available out there, you should not be all too quick with disregarding quality as well. It should always factor in on the equation at the end of the day.
When a tripod is flimsy or sub standard, you end up putting your photography equipment at risk of being structurally weak and imbalanced. It might topple over at the slightest gusts of winds and it might also end up costing you more money as you go along. You might need to buy another tripod somewhere along the way. This is not cost efficient and this will cost you more money somewhere in the long run.
Use it as much as possible.
A wedding photographer in Essex should go ahead and use it as much as possible. Use it and don’t let it go to waste. The spirit leveler in your tripod was put in there for a very simple buy very important reason, and that reason is for stability. A tripod is of no use if it is not set up or mounted up in the most stable possible way. This can be a bit of a challenge to maintain all on your own though if you simply rely on how things look like and if all you can do is to just approximate if the stability or the way that the tripod is standing is “just about right”.
A wrong split second decision can end up with your gear littering all over the floor, shattered and damaged beyond repair. As a responsible wedding photographer, you surely can’t allow something like that to happen to you when it all comes down to it. Always check the spirit leveler before you allow the tripod to stand on its own and unsupported. It will only take you roughly around 2-3 seconds or so. That’s a pretty good investment of your time if in exchange, you get to ensure the safety of your camera gear at the end of the day.
Do not ever touch the center column of the tripod no matter what happens.
The center column is by far the weakest link or the weakest spot in the tripod and that is something that you seriously need to avoid from touching or from messing with as much as possible. If you have a need for added height for your camera angle, opt to extend the legs of the tripod all the way out instead. The legs were built with extension in mind as opposed to the tripod’s center column.