Ball heads are photography accessories that attach a camera to the tripod, while allowing the photographer to make easy adjustments to angle and position of the camera by simply turning one knob. Ball heads are the most popular type of tripod head for a professional tripod system. It can be screwed onto the tripod legs and the camera is then attached to it.
Almost all ball heads come with a quick and easy release plate, which is a small metal plate that is screwed onto the tripod socket at the bottom of the camera. The most common type of ball head has three knobs –
- A quick release plate that is securely tightened so as to provide quick and easy access to either attach or release the camera from the tripod and also helps keep the camera from sliding off of the ball head.
- A knob preventing the camera and ball head from moving once the camera is in position.
- Another knob to adjust the tension on the ball head so it isn’t too tight or loose.
The biggest advantage of using a ball head is its versatility and how easily the position of the camera can be adjusted and the speed at which this can be achieved. Ball heads are used in different genres of photography such as wildlife, landscape, architecture etc.
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