Okay, now that I’ve got your attention, of course tripods are for shooting. But the most under-appreciated advantage of a tripod isn’t when you’re shooting it is when you’re waiting. For any type of wildlife photography and many sports there can be long periods of waiting patiently and then a quickly unfolding moment of drama. You may only have a second or two to react and get a shot of the peak of action. If you need to pull your camera up from your side, aim, and shoot, then no matter how fancy you’re camera strap, you’re skunked….