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4 Accessories You Should Invest In

05Apr
  • 4 Accessories You Should Invest In

There are many photography accessories available on the market. Most of these accessories are optional, but there are a few that you should consider purchasing as an investment in yourself. Also, you will eventually find yourself in need of some of these accessories as some types of photography require specific accessories. Please keep in mind that merely purchasing these accessories does not magically make you are great photographer. Although accessories can be very useful, it is a person’s creativity and skills that make a successful photographer.

Accessory #1 – Camera Bag

Camera bags provide protection to your expensive camera and accessories. A good camera bag should have padding on all sides, stores the camera body and lenses in a secure way, and can be carried around with ease. They come in different sizes with different storage capacity and are made of different material. To select a camera bag that best suits your need, it is recommended that you decide first how many lenses and accessories you want to carry with you when you are out shooting picture, then find a good brand that is popular among experienced photographers.

Remote shutter release and tripod are necessary for shooting long exposure photos.

Remote shutter release and tripod are necessary for shooting long exposure photos.

Accessory #2 – Remote Shutter Release and Tripod

If you want to shoot long exposure photos, a remote shutter release and a tripod will make things significantly easier for you. A sturdy tripod holds the camera in place, while the remote shutter release allows you to activate the shutter without touching the camera and reduce vibration to the camera. When purchasing a tripod, make sure it is made of sturdy material, and has enough weight so it does not get blown away by the wind.

Accessory #3 – External Flash

External flash helps illuminate the environment, and is a must-have if you are shooting portrait photos. A flash by the big brands, such as Nikon and Canon, may be a bit expensive, but it is going to be money well spent. There are other, less well-known brands like YongNuo that offer good quality flash with a fraction of the price of the big brands. They are also fully compatible with the major brand cameras.

Accessory #4 – Lens Filters

More specifically, the Neutral Density (ND) Filter and Circular Polarizer (CPL) Filter. There are other filters that create different effects, but most of them can be achieved through editing; there is no way to replicate the effects of ND and CPL filters. A ND filter is a dark glass that blocks the majority of light coming through the lens, allowing longer exposure time and create some really cool effects in the photos. Depending on the level of darkness, the exposure time can be prolonged up to several hundred times longer. A CPL filter, on the other hand, reduces glare from reflection and gives better color saturation to the photos. However, it only works when the light source is positioned at an angle to the lens.

Do you own any of these accessories? Is there any other item that you believe to be equally important? Please share you thought by leaving a comment.

Comments

  • brinr

    Good stuff here again. The tripod and remote shutter are EXTREMELY important for landscape and long exposure photos. You absolutely have to have a flash too! I use a YongNuo that works great!

    • Kevin Chan

      Thank, Brin. I heard a lot of great things about YongNuo. I actually considered getting a YN instead of a Nikon when I was shopping for a flash.

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