The more quickly you need to work in the field, laboratory, or studio, the more you'll appreciate all the benefits of quick-release platforms for each tripod and camera stand as well as a quick release plate for each of your cameras and large lenses.
Right-angle quick release "L-brackets" fit to the base of your camera or its accessory battery pack so you can quickly release, turn, and remount your camera for either a horizontal or vertical shot. No more flipping your tripod head on its side or upsetting your shooting position. These plates work especially well when you're using shorter macro, wide-angle, and tilt-shift lenses.
A quick release system not only lets you work more quickly, you'll find you can mount your equipment to your tripod head more securely with less risk of vibration or slipping.