I’ve had my DSLR now for just half a year and I must say that I’ve really gotten addicted to photography. It was given to me by my brother in the US who got tired of having to adjust settings each time. Even if he managed to get the good and expensive stuff (as suggested by his photography-nut friend, no doubt), he instead settled for an HD video cam which can be used as a point-and-shoot alternative. Once I got the camera, I tried to learn as much as I could about it and how to tweak all the different settings. After I learned how to use it, whenever possible, I try to take 30-minute walks around the neighborhood to find potential subjects (I mostly concentrate on landscape photography as I find it more rewarding than shooting people I don’t know). Although I haven’t attended any photography lessons or seminars as of yet, I try to get the best alternative instructions/tips as possible – via the internet. In my quest for better photography skills, I found out that there are also certain accessories that one must have. These accessories are not just for getting better shots, but they are also meant for keeping your camera and your image data safe.
1. The Tripod – this is an essential tool especially when you are shooting different exposures of the same subject for the purpose of creating an HDR image, or when you are shooting long exposures such as night photography. In addition to the tripod, a ballhead is also a must-have because it allows the camera to be adjusted while being mounted onto the tripod.
2. Camera Lenses – having at least 2 or more varieties of lenses is vital. I use my 24-70mm as my main lens whenever I am just walking around and looking for subjects to shoot, and my 18-200mm when I am travelling. Right now, I am saving money to buy an 85mm fixed lens.
3. Camera Bag – this is an essential accessory when travelling because it helps to protect your equipment from unnecessary damage during travel. Unlike ordinary bags, DSLR bags are padded and have adjustable padded dividers inside to help keep your equipment more secure.
4. Neck Strap – although this may look like an unnecessary investment, it does pay to have a comfortable neck strap sometimes, especially if you are on a long event and your camera is mounted with a battery grip and an external flash which can be quite heavy. A padded neck strap will help make it more convenient and the weight tolerable for you.
5. Spare Battery – it’s often quite frustrating to run low on battery when you need to shoot the most. Having a spare battery will help to alleviate this infuriating moment.
6. External Hard Drive – putting your images on just your computer’s hard drive sometimes may not be enough. If you love taking pictures and love keeping them, it is important that you invest in an external hard drive to make sure you are getting enough space for your pictures.
The truth is, there are other available camera accessories out there that you may find essential. A friend of mine finds his white balance lens cap indispensable and never leaves home without it. As for me, since I always shoot in RAW, I can always adjust the white balance of my shots during post editing which is why I don’t exactly need it. Camera accessories are without doubt very much important. However, it is also equally important that you need them and have a good use for them.
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