I use a tri-pod when ever there is time/space to set up. I dont lik using it with portraits (out door), but for most of my "fine art" I try to usea tri-pod (btw, I'm using a Broncia 6x6). I'm actually going to try shooting some more 4x5 with out a tri-pod. Nothing seriuos of course, but just to see how it looks.