How to Correctly Use a Tripod

1 year 2 weeks ago #724288 by LensofNature
Hi all, 
I'm looking for guidance/information on how to correctly use a tripod.  I have a Manfrotto Compact MKC3-H01 tripod, 1.5 kg  (3.3 lbs, Max), 1.15 kg (paddlock symbol, I assume it means compact, 2.53 lbs, 60.63"  (154cm), 18.11" (46cm) - I'm not sure what these specifications mean other than a general idea of the weight and height of the tripod both fully extended and compact.  Interestingly enough, it feels heavier when compact than when fully extended.  
The three main issues I have (apart from the self-consciousness of using one), are height (I am only approximately 5ft 2 in, and the extensions appear to be in fixed segments when I undo any of the four rubber clips); focusing (after adjusting the focus, it sometimes slips as I tighten the rubber wheel to keep the head of the tripod steady); and understanding the effects of turning the knob to camera or video, as well as which is the forefront/center pole (I'm assuming it's the one with the Manfrotto logo printed on it).  I keep the tripod on camera setting, but on occasion, I accidently switch it to video.
My questions are:
What is the correct position of a tripod?
Is there a way to adjust the tripod to my height?
How can I properly focus with a tripod, and how can I level it when the ground is uneven?
Thanks so much!


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1 year 2 weeks ago #724297 by Nikon Shooter
All tripods are different and toggers are different too
so there is — that I know — no absolute way.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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