Just when to use a tripod. Well, when I have it with me and am not anticipating anything which I need to be quick on the clutch with. I use a tripod for all of my wedding shots before the reception and almost never once I get there. If I am walking through the woods to a specific landscape destination, I generally carry my camera on the tripod with the legs extended so I can click in seconds if I have to. If just out for a walk, I might have my MONOPOD with me as a walking stick and shoot hand held, unless I see something that I want to attach my Minolta XG-M to the monopod. It all depends. About half and half here.