While a tripod is a great tool, especially in a studio setting, it isn't always practical. I was shooting some schnauzers the other day, had the lighting all set up, the back drop set up ready for the dogs. I put the camera on a tripod, but soon realized when the dogs were in the shoot that they are far to active to restrict myself to only one angle on a tripod. I kicked it out of the way and got some great shots. See my animals section to see the final results of this shoot.