We talk about how to clean our cameras and lenses quite a bit, but for many of us, our tripods are just as essential a piece of equipment. Here's how to properly clean one to extend its life and ensure it functions fully.
I bought a nice (and expensive) carbon fiber travel tripod before a month-long trip to Europe in the summer of 2013, and after four years of use, it started to show signs of wear. In particular, bits of sand had gotten into the legs, and they were grinding in the screw threads, threatening to strip them and render the entire thing essentially useless. It also needed a good lubrication as it no longer operated smoothly. I had never really thought to clean and lube a tripod before, but I was kicking myself for not doing it once I saw this video. If you're a landscape photographer, or anyone whose tripod spends a lot of time in the sand or dirt, or yours just seems to be functioning less than perfectly, this quick walkthrough should get it back up and running in no time. Just be careful to keep the pieces organized well and put them back together exactly as you took them apart.