Okay so your new DSLR arrived a few days ago and you’ve managed to “shoot” pretty much everything around you. Love the contrast boost you couldn’t get before? Or an increase in resolution and pixel count? That feeling of joy is something all camera owners share. Can’t get enough of it!
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However, it’s not long before you start wanting more stable images, better light and more storage, and trying to find new ways to take your photography to a whole new level.
A tripod is essential for capturing the perfect shot at the right angle. Not only that, they keep the camera still the whole time to make your pictures sharp and full of details. However, not all tripods are the same. They varies in size, use, price, build quality and materials used.
Do a little research on tripods and learn which type best suits your style of photography. Make sure you don’t get the cheapest one, as they often break easily.
Almost all DSLRs are equipped with a wide-to-normal standard zoom lens. This lens is useful in everyday situations due to its 17-55mm range. However, if you are interested in landscape or interior photography, then a wider lens is a must-have.
Telephoto lenses are used for tightly framing action subjects, macro lenses are ideal for small subjects and portraits require a wide-angle lens with a larger aperture to set depth of field and add background blur.
ND filters, or natural density, have become increasingly popular in recent times, as they allow you to shoot long exposures in broad daylight to add water movement and blur clouds in landscapes.
They are also useful for shooting using a wide aperture when it is very sunny outside. Graded ND filters balance the exposure of a clear sky with a slightly darker foreground. Polarizing filters reduce reflections and increase contrast and saturation. They enter two different formsrectangular or square, which are attached via a holder that attaches to the end of the lens, and round, which are a specific size and screw onto the front of the camera lens.
Those with a single-lens, portable camera may not find this important, but what you need to realize is that having a camera bag not only makes carrying the equipment easier, it also protects the equipment from the elements.
This doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive camera case to store your gear, but a simple bag or camera backpack with several compartments to separate things and prevent them from bumping into each other is more than enough. You can check it online or visit your local camera store to take a look at the different types of bags and see for yourself which one best suits your individual needs.
Don’t forget, the best photos come for a moment and only last a moment. If you’re not ready, you might miss it forever. Many things can stop you. Remote cameras, empty batteries, and manual settings are just a few of them. Let’s say nothing is stopping you… you get the perfect shot. So, where’s the problem?
You are eating at that time. Your hands are dirty. Hold the camera with greasy fingers to save those precious moments just once and you will see how long it takes to clean your DSLR again. That is if you don’t have the proper cleaning equipment.
So you’ve got your hands on a new DSLR and want to up your photography game with some camera accessories. But before that, you need to make sure you know what kind of photography you will be doing. What camera equipment you get depends a lot on what you plan to shoot with it.
Don’t go overboard with the price, but also don’t go for the cheapest option available. Think about this before making that investment, because camera equipment can burn a hole in your pocket faster than you think.