This photo was taken using the self timing feature. On top of that I used a tripod to raise the camera so that the picture could be taken at this angle. This setup is ideal for times when you yourself want to be in the picture like at a wedding or party.
The tripod can be used to take pictures from places you can't reach. In this photo the tripod is under the bleachers. You can do this in places like high shelfs, from inside a locker, etc.