After a camera body and lens, the next most important thing in a photographer’s kit is their accessories. In this article, we will discuss the most basic and essential accessories that a beginner photographer should consider adding to their gear collection.
Far from unnecessary frills, camera accessories are actually pragmatic tools that facilitate the process of photography and videography. Spare batteries, extra memory cards, lighting, and utility camera bags help users shoot longer, maximizing their chances of getting the best shot.
Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite current picks of the best camera accessories you can buy, from tripods and selfie sticks to flashes and wireless shutters.
1. Batteries, handles and chargers
There’s nothing worse than setting off for the day, camera in hand, only to find that when you arrive at your destination, the battery is as flat as a pancake. When buying a new camera, there’s always a charger in the box, but when buying a used camera, that’s not always the case. It’s usually best to get a branded charger, such as a Nikon charger for a Nikon camera or a Canon charger for a Canon camera, and make sure it’s also suitable for the right type of battery, because many models, even within the same brand, have batteries.
However, it can be useful to buy a charger capable of charging several batteries at the same time. This way you can use spare batteries, recharge them quickly and leave with enough energy to run all day.
If your camera supports it, purchasing an optional battery grip add-on for your camera can allow you to shoot longer before replacing batteries while improving your camera’s usability.
2. On and off camera lighting
As soon as we start taking photography more seriously or shooting in more challenging lighting conditions, artificial lighting can make a huge difference in upping our photography game. There are so many different types of lights that it can all be a bit daunting for beginners, but it’s actually quite simple.
There are two main types of lighting: continuous and flash. As the name suggests, continuous lighting is any light source that constantly produces light, such as a light bulb or lamp. Flash illumination sends out an intense burst of light that normally far exceeds the maximum output of a continuous light source and is useful for freezing moving subjects.
Continuous lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with the most common lighting relying on LEDs for their low power consumption. LED panels are a quick and efficient way to illuminate subjects and are generally inexpensive, although more sophisticated options introduce lighting effects like mimicking gunshots or fires. Ring lights produce soft, flattering lighting for portraits and come in small desk-mounted versions and huge models that need to be mounted on a dedicated light stand.
Continuous Lighting Recommendations:
Flash lighting is available via flashes or studio strobes. The former rely on battery power, are small and portable, and are less expensive than studio strobes. Speedlights are a great way to get started with flash photography and for on-location use. Studio strobes are much more powerful but generally require mains power, making them more suitable for indoor photography or locations with access to power.
Flash lighting options:
3. Selfie sticks
Like tripods, selfie sticks are used to move a camera or smartphone away from the photographer to capture a selfie portrait. Some of the best selfie sticks have additional features like Bluetooth triggering, multiple mounting options for smartphones, cameras, or action cams, and they vary in length and weight.
The entry-level options we recommend would be:
However, for slightly more sophisticated models that include more features, you might consider:
4. Tripods and stands
Tripods are made of two main materials: metal alloy and carbon fiber. Although metal tripods are heavier, they are generally less expensive than carbon fiber tripods, which despite the cost are just as sturdy but much lighter.
Some tripods have extendable columns that help increase the height of a camera while keeping the tripod’s form factor relatively short, making it easier to transport. But usually this reduces the stability of the tripod. This means that in strong winds the camera may be more susceptible to motion blur when shooting at longer exposures.
For beginners, we recommend:
Intermediate users may want to invest a little more in a decent tripod as they know they will be using it more regularly, in which case we recommend:
For optimal performance, professionals (and those with stretching budgets) should look for tripods such as these:
5. Bags and cases
Camera bags and cases are available in many designs and layouts. Recommending a specific camera bag is difficult because every photographer is so unique in their comfort and style requirements. Some prefer to use a shoulder bag, others want a small case or pouch to put in a larger backpack, while others still want a backpack so they can walk long distances or climb in the field. with their hands free. Check out our selection of the latest camera bags below:
6. Memory Cards
Having a camera that can shoot fast footage or is capable of recording high resolution video is one thing, but when paired with a slow memory card it often clogs the data stream and slows down the device’s capacity. photo to film. But map speed has to be balanced with profitability, so it’s not just about getting the most numbers, it’s also about getting a good prize. Here are a few cards we recommend for getting started:
7. Wireless Camera Triggers
There comes a time when taking the picture behind the camera just isn’t feasible. Whether it’s a self-portrait, a group shot the photographer needs to be in, or a shutter release in tricky circumstances, sometimes it’s easier to use a wireless shutter release. Otherwise known as a remote shutter, a wireless shutter also reduces camera shake blur by touching the camera, handy for keeping photos sharp under long exposures. Some also come with built-in features like interval sync or delay modes for timelapse etc.
Our current favorites are below:
There is a universe of useful accessories you can buy as a photographer to enhance your work and/or make your life easier, but these are some of the basic accessories you should consider carrying with you in your kit. .
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