No one single piece of equipment will improve your photography skills like a tripod. These unsung devices hold your camera level and motionless to provide the best possible image. Whether you fancy yourself a shutterbug or just want to commemorate your time outdoors as best as you can, you should pick up a tripod. Even if you’re only using a smartphone camera, a tripod can help you take your pictures to the next level. If you’re not sure what to look for, here’s a primer on the basics.