Hey Everyone! I hope everyone is doing well this week. This week I want to talk about what accessories I think beginning photographers should have. Now there are thousands and thousands of photography accessories out there and they are for the most part pretty neat! I do have GAS you know. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) I do love my gadgets. But for the beginning photographer there are some essentials that I think they should get first before venturing out into the photography marketplace. I think these are at a minimum of what a photographer should have when starting out. So here goes!
1. A Tripod. A tripod will improve your photography more than any other accessory that you can get. First of all it will make your photo’s tack sharp. Giving a stable support for your camera especially when starting out and your just figuring out settings it will stay steady when your shutter is too slow and you have hand shake making your photo’s blurry. It will slow you down and make you think. The act of pulling out a tripod and setting it up will make you slow down and think about your shot settings and composition. Now don’t go out and buy the cheapest one you can find at Walmart. You need to put a little money into this investment. A 150 dollar tripod is 3 times better than a 40 dollar one. And really 150 is really not a lot for something that can last through many cameras. They are usually made of Carbon Fiber or Aluminum. The carbon ones are more expensive but are lighter. So research and buy wisely and you’ll have a great accessory that can last for many years.
2.Cleaning Supplies. Keep your gear clean! A Lens Brush you can pick up for 5 bucks and is great for cleaning your lenses and getting in those nooks and crannies of your camera. A rocket type hand blower is great in blowing off dust from your lenses and your sensor keeping them free of dust . These are fairly inexpensive also. And Micro fiber clothes. These cloths are cheap and great for cleaning your lenses with out scratching. They are great for eye glasses also. Keeping your gear clean will make it last longer and make you get cleaner shots saving time in Photoshop or Lightroom .
3. Polarizer Filter. A polarizer filter is the only filter that cannot be duplicated in Photoshop or Lightroom. It takes the shine off of things and enhances the color of objects. It’s like wearing polarization sun glasses for your camera. The most popular kind of polarizer is the Circular Polarizer. It is made to fit on the front of your lens and you can turn it an adjust the power of the polarization of the shot. You can pick up a decent one for 40 or 50 bucks but you can pay a lot more. This should be your first filter in your camera kit.
4. SD Cards. You should have more than just one SD card. It doesn’t have to be a large card a 32 or 64 gig card will do just fine. You should rotate your cards between shoots and its always good to have an extra. These cards are cheap and you should have a few.
5. Lightroom or Photoshop. If you don’t already have a photo editing software this is the best deal going . You can get Lightroom and Photoshop for 10 dollars a month subscription. This is a great deal. You used to have to buy these programs stand alone 150ish for Lightroom and over 500 for Photoshop but when new updates came you had to either buy the update or buy the whole version again. With 10 dollars a month you can have the latest updates and the most powerful software available. Photoshop is so powerful and used it has become a verb. That was Photoshopped.
6. Camera Strap. A camera strap will help you from dropping your expensive camera you just bought. Wether you have one that goes around your neck or your wrist . I personally use one around my wrist but I have had the other kind also. My preferred ones come from Peak Design and are made out of the seatbelt material which is light weight and strong at the same time.
7. Extra Battery. Invest in a extra battery. When your out on the go you don't want to turn on your camera and find out that you forgot to charge you're one and only battery. Carry an extra one or two depending on how your camera eats batteries. This can be a life saver.
8. Photo Bag/Backpack. Now you need something to put everything into. Hi my name is Max and I have a photo bag Problem. I love photo bags. I have bought and sold many. Bags and Backpacks are very personal just make sure you get something that will protect your gear and is comfortable to wear. Gear can get heavy and a bag that is not comfortable will be miserable to carry around.
So these are just a few things I think beginning photographers should have to get started. If I sat here longer I’m sure I could think of more but this is a good start. So until next week get outside and shoot!