Giulio is an award-winning, modern minimalist-style photographer who shoots for social media, editorial and advertising.
He has been blending stills, motion and sound with his photography since 2009. "Like many, my love affair with photography came from exploring the world around me with a camera."
Today, street photography is one of the ways he keeps exploring. "There's something special about street photography and capturing moments in time. It's a cross between a time machine and a cave painting. One day when we're all gone there will remain the photograph as proof that we were here, proof that we existed."
A hybrid pioneer, Giulio is an original Lumix Luminary and founder of Small Camera Big Picture, the go-to online resource for everything hybrid.
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I've always had a love-hate relationships with tripods. While tripods are one of the first accessories a photographer should purchase, they are also most likely to be left at home. Especially for the small camera user like myself, the last thing I want to do is take a big, bulky tripod with me when my camera is not much larger than my iPhone.
When I needed to use a tripod I found there were few options available for small camera photographers that worked for me so I ended up packing my old tripod that was better suited for a DSLR shooter. By that I mean I was taking a tripod that was far too large and heavy for my needs.
The other option was to purchase a small, carbon fiber travel tripod which could cost several hundred dollars. While that was an option I did not like the idea of my tripod costing more than my camera.
What's more is that I found tripods like many camera bags...boring! Why can't a tripod be fun? Does everything I use have to be black? I decided that unless I can find a tripod that is functional, light and looks good I'd rather not bother.
Earlier this year I found a tripod that changed my mind...more like blew my mind actually!
When I first saw the MeFOTO tripods I almost didn't believe what I saw:
A tripod that folds up small - I can fit my RoadTrip inside my
A tripod that is light - It weighs 3.6 lbs. which means I can carry it all day long
and not feel it.
A tripod that looks good - My MeFOTO looks great in red!
If red is not your thing there's 8 different colors available.
A tripod that did not cost more than my camera - Hey guess what?
The MeFOTO is affordable.
The MeFOTO met all my requirements but there are some extra goodies you should know about. All MeFOTO's come with a carrying case which fits the tripod when its folded down. While I mostly put my RoadTrip into my camera bags, I use the tripod bag if I'm flying and want to pack it in my luggage for extra protection.
One of the legs of the RoadTrip can detach and be used as a monopod! This is one feature that has many purposes. Obviously the monopod can be used as intended to mount your camera but I found myself using it for a light or microphone boom pole.
Another feature I find myself using often is the included bag hook on the bottom of the center column. The center column hook is recessed so it will not hook anything accidentally which is a nice touch. Since the MeFOTO is a light weight tripod, when I need to keep the tripod extra stable I attach my backpack to the hook. The additional weight keeps the RoadTrip extra stable and gives my back some time to relax.
Since using the MeFOTO line of tripods I'm finding my relationship with tripods changing from a love-hate to a love-it-take-it-with-me relationship. I finally have a tripod I don't mind taking with me, one that looks great and a tripod that exceeds how I thought a tripod should function. Factor in the included bag and great price what we have here is a win win for any photographer.