A while ago, I wrote that I do not usually use Tripods for my Photography. I now feel the need to elaborate a little further.
While I do own a tripod or two, they are an absolute displeasure to use. One could even go as far as to say that I really hate tripods.
Tripods are often quite large and thus take away a lot of space, even if collapsed. Because of that, they usually do not fit into most Camera Bags and have to be strapped to the outside. And a big Tripod on your Backpack definitely screams out that you are a Photographer, and that you probably have a nice bit of Gear with you. While some might be okay with that, I am not. We all buy inconspicuous Packs for a Reason, after all.
Another beef I have with Tripods is that they need even more space when deployed. And while that might not be a Problem in every Situation, it is an adverse factor in others. I usually like to shoot without having to figure out if there is enough space for my Tripod first.
When I still brought my Tripod with me pretty much anywhere, I almost never used it anyways. That was usually because setting up the Tripod always took away so much time. Time that I much rather spend actually shooting. Without a Tripod, I am able to try out way more Compositions in a way shorter time frame.
Sometimes, I quite like it to do some Long Exposure Photography. And while some might argue that you really need a Tripod for that, I have found ways to be independent of them even in such situations. And for the eventuality that I do need a Tripod, I still pack my small Manfrotto Pixi, a table top Tripod that I usually use as a grip while filming Video.
All in all, I would much rather use a Monopod before I would use a Tripod, and with Image Stabilization built into most of my Lenses, I do not even use that old thing anymore, as it is also in the way most of the time. I also prefer to not have the added, in my case dead, weight on my Shoulders. So I leave my Tripod at home, and I highly doubt that will change anytime soon. Because I really dislike Tripods.