There's nothing worse than gathering your family in front of the Christmas tree or your group of friends on New Year's Eve and sheepishly looking around to figure out which person you care about least so they can take the photo. Sure, tripods are great for keeping a shot steady, but my personal belief is that they were invented to eliminate awkwardness. Don't make someone feel left out in the photo ops of the coming holidays. Get one of these cheap, portable, convenient tripods.
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