ACCESSORIES

If you want to be a really good photographer, then you will find that there are some extras you will need.

Essential Accessories

Whatever camera you purchase, you will need a few extras, but be careful, don't get mesmerised with all the pieces of equipment that are available. You can easily go overboard, and apart from the expenditure, you'll need an extra bag to lug it all around! Here are the accessories I consider to be essential.

1.Spare Camera Battery

Camera battery technology has really improved, and continues to do so, but at least one spare in your kit. Nothing is worse than having your battery quit in the middle of a good shoot session, when you are away from home. Not a bad idea to have some sort of portable charger as well.

2.Camera Bag

Buy yourself a bag that is bigger than what you think you need. Because once you begin to accumulate all the items you need, you’re going to start running out of room quickly.

3.Tripod

This is one item you really need when you need one. Sure, most of your shots are great from a hand held, but sometimes you really need to set up a stable shot. A good tripod may cost you a fair bit but it is worth it. The most important part is the tripod head. I recommend the ball and socket. Once you mount your camera on a smooth ball, you can quite easily point it in any direction then lock it in place by simply by turning a screw. A tripod is a good way to eliminate camera shake,especially if you are using a wireless shutter release.

4.External Flash

Your new camera has a built-in, pop-up flash.Unfortunately it is the single-most unflattering light source you can find. An off-camera flash is one of the best things you can do to take your photography to the next level. Make sure you have plenty of extra batteries on hand, you will find you tend to go through them rather quickly.

5.Extra Memory Cards

At some point you will run out of space on your card They don't take up a lot of room, and the cost is low, so make sure you always have spares.

6. Lens Cleaner

Easiest thing is a lens cloth or pen – either option is fine but necessary to keep you lens free of dust and marks.

7. Lens

Of course some important considerations will be quality and cost, both of which can vary considerably, so it is a good idea to research thoroughly before you part with your cash. A good place to start is with the manufacturer of your chosen camera, because obviously they will know what suits and what doesn't.

As I said, a good place to start, but don't let it stop you from exploring further. A good example are lenses. If the kit that that comes with the camera has a lens you are happy with, stick with it, but if not it's probably time to get something different.

Remember that the lens is not to look at, it is for looking through so don't choose a lens based on looks, what you really want is one that will give you the best view.

a guide to finding the best lens for your money.

Some lenses will fit a number of different camera bodies but be careful, because they will behave differently. It's a good idea to check and make sure you're getting what you expect. Various brands produce lenses which can be used with a number of different camera brands, and sometimes they can be good value for money but it is important to make sure that the lens and camera functions will work together.

Sometimes older lenses can fit your camera and do an excellent job, but you might find that things like focus and auto exposure may not be compatible with some of the newer bodies.

Check with your manufacturer, they will usually have compatibility lists to show which of their lenses will work with their newest bodies.

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