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Just like lightweight cameras with their agility "free up creativity" so does a camera that makes you slow down. And so does a tripod that makes you stop. People think of tripods as limiting because they may prevent you from moving around your subject (say a person) and trying different angles or whatever. However most of the time think of tripods as limiting because they have to carry them and set them up, especially if they have a really crappy cheap one.
On the other hand a tripod allows you to setup the camera and then interact with whatever it is you are photographing, move around without the camera, look at the light, setup the light, think about what you want to do without trying to frame at the same time and peeping through the viewfinder and they also allow you to try angles that your arms/neck can't do.
A tripod is for so much more than slow exposures and sharpness. So just like anything else a tripod is as creative as the person using it.