i've always loved shooting BIF freehand, but i decided i wanted to try it on a tripod. for one thing, that will let me use heavier lenses and maybe a heavier camera, and for another, maybe it'll let me get different pics. at this point, i won't be using a gimbal head, although i could rent one, but i'd also have to rent a lens with a tripod mount - right now, i'm shooting with the 55-250 STM, so we've been going where birds are relatively close. i have a very smooth video head, and was considering loosening everything to a degree, then holding the camera as i usually do but with some of the weight taken up by the tripod. since i haven't tried it before, does anyone here have any suggestions or tips?