Lesson 3: Accessories and Gear
We have made it past choosing your camera and the lenses to go along with it. Finally, we are approaching the end of our camera gear setup. Most people would just assume that we are finished once we have the camera setup. However, there are many other accessories that will add to your photo quality.
You could have an incredible full frame camera body with the most expensive lens, but not equipped with the proper accessories (and knowledge of how to use it, but that will come later) your photos will not look like a professional took it. This is what we want to accomplish with this list.
These are really crucial if you want to create a better photograph (for users of action cameras, drone cameras, mirrorless cameras, or DSLR cameras). I remember when I first started out with my first camera, and I thought I would be fine without a filter. That I would be able to take incredible photos without the use of them. I was wrong.
Yes, it is possible to get great compositions within your photograph without them, but to get the proper color and light is a different story. We will explore the different filters available for your camera and what they do for your photographs. When shopping for your filter, you will need to purchase the correct size based on your lens size (measured in mm).
- Linear and Circular Polarizers
- Neutral Density
- Graduated Neutral Density
Ultra violet filters help improve the clarity of your photographs by cutting out the sun’s ultraviolet rays. They also are beneficial because they are relatively inexpensive and help protect your camera’s lens.
These lens filters help reduce the glare from water and glass and improve the saturation of your photographs. They make an incredible difference in the color of your photographs and should not be skipped when filling your equipment bag.
The main purpose of the ND filter is to restrict the amount of light hitting your sensor. If you place a strong ND filter onto your lens, it will look completely black. If you look through your viewfinder, it will be significantly darkened.
So, why would you want to restrict the amount of light coming into your sensor? These are for well lit situations that are too bright for your photograph. Also, they are used to extend exposure times to help give you that silky smooth water look of waterfalls. More on long exposure photography to come.
Similar to the neutral density filters, these have an area on the filter that begins clear and becomes increasingly darkened. This is to help control strong light in your frame while not disrupting another portion of your frame that has the right amount of lighting.
These items are another way to restrict the amount of light coming into your lens from the sides, which can result in reduced contrast and richer colors. In addition, they help protect your lens.
Having a quality tripod will help with your shots that need a steady camera. If you are just starting out, maybe you can rely on your surroundings for that steady shot. However, with long exposure photography, it is necessary to purchase a tripod. Make sure you read the reviews about the tripod. You want it sturdy enough to hold your camera on it when it is windy.
This is also essential when shooting long exposure photography. This will reduce the shake in your camera from your finger pressing the shutter button. It will make a difference in your photographs. It will also be much more convenient to own one of these. They are great for setting up your camera for a shot and putting yourself in the frame.
This is not a necessity if you will be taking photos outside. Outside, you will be using the natural lighting available to you, or lack thereof. Inside, if you want to get into portrait photography, you may want to invest in a flash.
It is always nice when you are traveling and you have with you more than one battery. It never hurts to pack extra power.
Your lens will get dust or finger prints on it from time to time. You need to take care of your lenses as much as possible. These are cheap kits that will allow you to do just that.
Picking the right camera bag is important for your comfort, protection of equipment, and durability. Choose the right bag to suit your needs with the amount of equipment you will have. Do not try to save some money by getting a cheap bag. The quality will prove to be insufficient for carrying your camera, it will rip, and then you will have to buy another one.
Are you taking videos with your camera as well? A gimbal will provide you with those silky smooth cinematic shots. They are definitely worth the investment, but make sure you do your research on them. They are still fairly new technology, and it seems that each one has its advantages and disadvantages to them.
Every photographer needs more space for their photographs. It never hurts to back them up from your computer as well.
You need somewhere to put those photos in the first place. You should have a computer to also process your photos and edit them.
There are so many action camera accessories available on the market. There are tripods, extenders, suction cup mounts, head mounts, chest mounts, wrist mounts, cases, floaters, and many more. All of which provide value in some form. When you are starting out, I suggest you look for a package deal with all of these things you need to get started. It is much less expensive looking for these package deals than it is purchasing them one-by-one through a well-known brand. Remember to read those reviews to make sure you are receiving a quality product.
Much like a camera, you should look to get a set of filters for your drone. There are other nice to have accessories to buy like propeller guards, extra batteries, something to protect your camera and gimbal, and others. However, when it comes to picture quality, a filter will work magic for your shots.
Now that you are overwhelmed with all of the equipment you can purchase, it is time to pick and choose what you think is necessary and what fits into your budget. You want a mix of quality items that you wont need to replace regularly, items that fit within your budget, items that match your interest, and items that will help you during your learning curve. Remember, we are here to help! You can contact us to help with your decision.
Lesson 1: Why Digital Photography?
Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Camera
Lesson 2: Lenses for Your Camera
Lesson 3: Accessories and Gear
Lesson 4: Knowing Your Equipment
Lesson 1: Exposure
Lesson 2: Rules of Composition
Lesson 3: Composition Continued
Lesson 1: Website and Blog
Lesson 2: Social Media
Lesson 3: Promote and Sell Your Work
Lesson 1: Continuing with Your Photography