Tripods are critical in getting desired results especially in low light slow shutter speed situations. Just like anything else you purchase, you often get what you pay for. Don’t get me wrong, I have spent the money on lower end equipment such as a tripod and have found them to be somewhat unstable given me shaky images. Also depending on how often you use your tripod, it won’t last long. Another thing to consider are the elements that you will be shooting in. For example if you have a lower end tripod, it’s more likely going to be very light mostly made of plastic. This is not a good ingredient if you’re going to do something like outdoor shooting, because the wind could kick up and blow your camera and tripod over. However, if you spend a little bit more with a little bit of research, you will find a great tripod that will last you years to come bringing a solid built that can withstand all sorts of elements. I would recommend going to a local camera store if you are unfamiliar with the different types of tripods out there.