Top camera accessories for beginners
For someone just starting out in photography, the sheer number of options available to them can be overwhelming. Between trying to find affordable cameras for sale or find the best compact cameras, a beginner will be stressed enough without the need to figure out the accessories that come with it. However, there are a few additional items that will lend themselves to better photographs right out of the gate. This list will help you, as a beginning photographer, make the most informed decisions on what types of accessories are worth your investment.
A tripod is a three-legged stand that provides the ultimate levels of stability for photographs. If you find that many of your pictures come out blurred as a result of too much shaking, a tripod can cure all of that. As an added bonus, using a tripod allows for placement of the camera in positions you would never be able to get in otherwise. Tripods come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges; however, it’s a good idea to invest in a halfway decent tripod to prevent the risk of a broken camera. If the tripod fails, your camera could end up in harm’s way.
Another accessory that goes hand-in-hand with a tripod is a remote shutter. These devices allow you to snap a picture without ever touching the camera; available in both wired and wireless models, remote shutters send a signal to the camera to snap a photo without the need for the photographer to touch it. This is particularly useful for night photography and landscape shots, when long exposures are needed. If you’re in the market for a remote shutter, check your camera manufacturer’s website. Most companies produce their own specific remote shutters, so for the best compatibility, purchase one from the same company that produced your camera.
If you’re just getting started in photography, then chances are you’re blown away by how much camera lenses cost. It’s important to keep your lenses safe once your purchase them because they are such expensive investments. With this in mind, filters can be a great way to do so. Filters protect your lenses from UV light, dust, water, scratches, finger prints, and more. In some cases, filters can be used to reduce lens flare and reflections from the sunlight – and you can even buy specialty filters which add different types of color. This is particularly useful for creating a certain ‘mood’ in your photographs.
If you’re going to purchase any sort of accessories, then you’ll want to invest in a sturdy, reliable camera bag to carry them all. A good camera bag will have plenty of storage space and plenty of padding to protect the delicate instruments you carry within in. Depending on the size of your camera and the accessories that go with it, you may need a small bag or a very large one. Whatever style of bag you ultimately decide to use, make sure the straps are comfortable and sturdy; the last thing you want to do is drop your bag full of expensive camera accessories.
Want to create a freshly-rained, spring time feeling? Then buy a spray bottle. These can be purchased in nearly any store, and while they aren’t strictly ‘photography’ accessories, spraying down a spider web or a leaf with a few spurts of water can create a completely different atmosphere than if the same element were dry. They typically cost about $1 each, so it’s well within budget range.
There are lens cleaning kits that cost hundreds of dollars, but all you really need is a lens pen. This ‘pen’ contains a microfiber tip that’s filled with lens cleaner. The other end of the pen has a retractable brush. You can use this pen to remove smudges, fingerprints, and spots, as well as dust from the lens of your camera. As they only cost around $10, it’s not an overly expensive investment – but it can greatly affect the quality of your photography. No one wants to shoot with a dirty lens, after all.
Have you ever drooled over the photographs where it seems like someone painted with light? It was done through a long exposure and an LED. All you have to do is set the camera to take a photograph for thirty seconds or so, and then wave the light around the subject of the photo. When it develops, it will look as though someone painted with a paintbrush made of light. LED lights can double as flashlights when trekking through fields at night to get a good shot, so they’re very useful.
Because so many cameras rely on batteries, it’s a good idea to buy a set of rechargeable ones – or at the very least, a secondary battery pack. The last thing you want is to run out of power moments before the perfect photograph reveals itself to you. The cost will vary wildly depending on the type of camera you have, but it’s a great idea to make this investment, especially if you plan to do a lot of photography within a given day. Extended use drains camera batteries quickly.
No matter what sort of camera you intend to purchase, do your research first. Check camera reviews to find out which one best suits your needs; remember, a camera can take any shot, but depending on if you want to do portrait photography or landscape photography, you’ll need to change things up a bit. Different lenses may be required, and for many landscape shots, you’ll need a tripod to stabilize things. It’s a hefty investment, but it’s well worth it.
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