Photography - Accessories

Aside from the camera (and the lenses if you are going with a DSLR) there are some accessories that you should consider buying as well. When budget becomes an issue, consider buying used gear. Many local camera shops will sell used cameras, lenses, and accessories, and there are a number of websites where you can safely buy used equipment. Among the best sites for used gear are Adorama, B&H, KEH, and Borrow Lenses.

1. Tripod

A tripod is one of the first accessories you should buy. They come in all different price points, and you can also easily buy a used tripod if you want to save some money. If you’re doing a lot of travel or landscape photography you will want to make sure that you have a sturdy, lightweight tripod that you can easily carry with you. If your tripod is heavy or bulky you’ll wind up not taking it with you, and it won’t do you any good. Carbon fiber tripods tend to be lightweight, but they are not cheap. I use and recommend Manfrotto tripods, but there are plenty of other good brands as well. Manfrotto tripods start at $60 and up.

2. Lens Hood

A lens hood can be helpful for reducing the amount of light that gets to the camera’s sensor. If you’re doing a lot of outdoor shooting you will probably want a lens hood. Many cameras and lenses come with a lens hood, so you may not even need to buy one separately. If your camera or lens did not come with one, or if you want a better one you can buy them for pretty reasonable prices.

3. Remote Shutter Release / Cable Release

A remote shutter release will allow you to take photos without pressing the button on your camera. If you are working on a tripod and you need the camera to remain completely still the remote shutter release is a great accessory to have.

4. Polarizer / Filters

A polarizer will attach to the end of your lens and will work similarly to the way polarized sunglasses work. It will reduce glare coming from water or metal, and it can also help to increase the contrast between blue skies and white clouds. If you do much photography outdoors you will probably appreciate having a polarizer handy.

5. Cleaning Kit

It’s also important that you keep your camera and lens clean. There are specially fluids, cloths, blowers, and brushes that are made specifically for gently cleaning your photography equipment. You can get a full cleaning kit for relatively low prices.

6. Bag / Backpack

Now that you have a camera and some accessories you will need a bag to hold it all and keep everything safe. There are a lot of different types of bags available. You could get a shoulder bag or a backpack, which can be helpful if you will be hiking with your gear.


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