How to Attach a DSLR to a Tripod: A Step by Step Guide

When I first started to take photography seriously, I did not know how to attach a DSLR to a tripod.

It seemed like an easy task, but the instructions that came with the tripod were vague and confusing.

It was only when someone on YouTube showed me how it’s done that I figured out what to do!

In this blog post, we will go over how to attach a DSLR camera to a tripod step by step. This is an important process because if you don’t do it correctly, your photos may be blur.

1) Find the mounting plate

Step one is finding the mounting plate on your camera. On my Canon, it’s located at the bottom of the body and is a plastic square with an arrow pointing outwards.

If you have a Nikon or another make of camera, be sure to look for how their mount looks like!

2) Remove one end

Step two is Removing one end of the tripod mounting plate from the camera. To do this, push in on the plastic locking tabs and slide them towards one another until you hear a click.

3) Match up your tripod

Step three is matching up your tripod’s mount with the empty slot left by removing your DSLR’s plate – most tripods will have three slots to choose from here so be sure that you find the right one for your camera.

4) Push in on the locking tabs

Step four is pushing in on the locking tabs on the tripod mount and sliding them towards each other until you hear a click – this is to make sure that they are securely attached, and will not release themselves while travelling around with your tripod (which would be an absolute nightmare!)

5) Finish it

Step Five: To finish it up, screw the mounting plate back onto your camera.

6) Make Sure that Everything is Attached

Step Six is checking to make sure that everything is attached securely before you start moving around with it! You wouldn’t want anything falling off and breaking while you’re out on a shoot – or worse yet, losing a lens cap in some field somewhere!


We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or would like more information about attaching a DSLR to a tripod, please feel free to leave a comment below.

As always, thanks for reading!

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