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The Monopod Scam

SCOTT KELBY

Now, a lot of places simply won’t let you set up a tripod indoors (for example, try to set up a tripod in someplace like Grand Central Station. You can count the seconds before security arrives). However, here’s the weird thing: while many places have a strict policy on tripods, they don’t have a policy on monopods (a one-legged version of a tripod, often used for long-lens sports photography. Although they’re not quite as stable as a good tripod, they’re way more stable than hand-holding). So, the scam is this: if they say anything to you about shooting on a monopod, you can always counter with, “Hey, this isn’t a tripod.” It often stops them dead in their tracks. One reason they let you get away with a monopod is simply because they don’t take up much space, and since there are no extended legs, there’s nothing really for anyone to trip on (a concern for many building interiors, museums, etc.). So, if you know the indoor environment you’re planning to shoot doesn’t allow tripods, see if you can pull the old monopod scam. My guess is—you’ll float right by ‘em.


  

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