I've recently purchased a Nikon D80 and found myself shooting quite a bit in the first week in the early evening and early morning. While leaning on trees and setting the camera on top of stationary objects was "fun" for a while I began to think I should be using a tripod. What would any of you recommend? While I am cost conscious I recognize quality comes at a price. I'm also hoping to find something that travels well (compact) but is sturdy.
Thanks in advance