8 camera accessories every photographer needs
Author: Matthew Paxton Date Posted:19 September 2016
Getting your start as a photographer nowadays is easier than ever. Modern technology has made it so that even amateur hobbyists can start learning how to take amazing shots. However, it takes more than just a click camera to capture your memories in ju
When you’re out and about snapping shots, it helps to have an accessory, or in this case 8 that can help you get the most out of your camera.
A camera doesn’t work if it doesn’t have lenses that can get the job done. Your DSLR probably comes with a suitable lens that will capture the easy group shots that many memory-seekers take. However, if you’re doing anything more complicated, you’ll need different lenses for different situations. The lens for your camera most likely has 50mm zoom capability, but you probably want one from 50-200mm to make sure you can capture everything in the background. Using the standard lens means there will be a lot of blurriness in your long distance shots.
No, we don’t carry around canisters of film anymore, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be storing our shots somewhere. You never want to run out of space in your camera’s memory or your only memory card, so make sure to have a few to spare. Your cards should also have at least 32mb of memory to make sure they can handle everything you shoot. As well, they should have a high read/write speed. You’ll need at least 90mb/s if you’re planning on shooting anything that’s moving. Otherwise, the moment will pass you by while the picture you took previously is still being written to the card. That fast read/write speed will also be handy if you’re planning on taking any video. At a speed any lower than that, you run the risk of the video not recording.
You never want to be caught without one. If you’re on the go a lot, try a lightweight tripod that you can carry easily. If a tripod isn’t practical for you, you can also pick up a monopod. It won’t support the camera on its own as a tripod would, but it works well for stabilizing in a pinch, and the telescopic design makes them very easy to transport. Another accessory that fits right in with a monopod would be a bubble level attached to the top of your camera. That way you can make sure your camera is level as you shoot, and prevents any needless editing later on.
You can’t carry the camera and all its accessories in your hands, so make sure you have a suitable camera bag for your gear. Find one that’s lightweight, but still has good padding. It should also have enough pockets to keep your items separate for easy access. You don’t want to have to dig through a bunch of stuff to get to what you’re looking for.
Unless you plan on leaving your camera in the bag, and not have it at the ready at any time, then you need a comfortable neck strap. Your camera may be lightweight, but after pulling on your neck all day, it can start to feel heavy. Make sure you get a strap that feels good on your neck and is right for you. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive; it just has to ease the irritation that can come from lugging around your camera all day. If hanging a camera around your neck isn’t for you, then go with a wrist strap to prevent any drops.
You need to protect the delicate parts of your camera from damage. The lens is the most important part, and should be treated as such. You can purchase lens hoods to protect from impact if your camera is swinging around or you bump into something. UV filters help protect against dust, dirt, and scratches. If you’re planning on shooting out in the rain, then be sure to invest in a rain cover to keep moisture out of all the nooks and crannies of your camera.
All cameras now come with built-in flashes, but sometimes you need a little extra oomph to get the best shot. An onboard flash affixed to the top of your camera will allow you to do just that. It’s needed when shooting in high-speed, low-light situations, like when you’re photographing sports or an animal in nature that might be making a getaway.
It’s not just memory cards that you should have multiples of. You must have extra batteries. It’s a helpless feeling when your camera goes dead after warning you of a low battery. Not only should you have an extra battery, but it should be completely charged, and not just left in your bag until needed.
No matter what experience you have, with these accessories, you’ll be taking shots like a pro.