Having a decent camera is only a part of the equation in the quest for amazing photographs. Not having the right equipment when you need it can cost you that ‘perfect shot’, as some shots are just impossible to take without the proper gear. Some tools, such as camera cases, pouches, filter holders and camera clips make your life as a photographer much easier and the process of making a photo a lot quicker. However, there are some accessories which are not only expensive, but pretty much useless. Here’s a list of some the most common tools photographers use in their everyday shoots.
There’s an unspoken truth among photographers when it comes to tripods. They are essential during a shoot as they provide excellent stability at just the right angle, which is really hard to accomplish by holding a camera in your hand. There are as many different tripods as there are types of photography. However, almost all professional photographers agree that in 99 percent of the time, a cheap tripod is a bad tripod. Considering that they are not something that you buy all the time, investing in a sturdy, extendable tripod is a must.
Tripod head is the part that goes between tripod legs and the camera. Most of them are sold along with tripods, however, you might want to purchase them separately. Not all tripod heads are the same and finding out the right one depends heavily on the type of photography you’re doing. Ball heads are used in all types of photography, but mostly in macro, as the camera has to be held at a certain angle. A three-way tripod head is useful when you want to tilt the camera up and down without losing the alignment of the horizontal levels in the picture.
Whether you’re using SD or CF card, they will either run out of storage or eventually stop working. The reason behind this is that memory cards are in an endless cycle of writing and deleting, often being put in and out of cameras, smartphones and memory card readers. That’s why having multiple memory cards is so important, as you don’t want to look unprofessional by running out of space in the middle of the shoot. In the last couple of year, the prices for memory cards have dropped considerably, so stocking up on them is non-negotiable.
Standard camera lenses are good enough for everyday photography, but when it comes to specialized photo-shoots, additional lenses are essential for getting that special shot. Wider lenses are used for shooting interiors and landscapes, while telephoto lenses allow for better framing of the subject. Macro lenses are vital for capturing close-ups and really small objects and wide aperture lenses are the preferred choice for portraits, as they blur the background and limit the depth of field in order to bring the subject to the foreground.
For those who use a small camera with a single lens, using a bag may be unnecessary. However, using a bag to store all your equipment during transport to keeping it safe from the elements is a smart man’s move. Whether you need a small, single camera bag or a full-sized camera backpack to store all your gear, having something to store, organize and transport the equipment is essential for every photographer. Backpacks are ideal for when covering long distances and rough terrain and shoulder bags are excellent when it comes to quick access, but can be tiresome to wear only on one shoulder. Choosing the right kind of camera bag or backpack depends mostly on the type of photography you’re doing.
There is a lot to be learned when dealing with DSLR’s. That being said, using a camera without proper equipment can actually be detrimental to your photography efforts. Once you’ve figured out what type of photography suit you best, do a little research on the equipment required for said type. Experiment and play around with gear until you have found the brands that suit you best and remember to find a balance. You don’t need the most expensive equipment available, but you also need to realize that cheap parts break down and fail more easily than their more expensive equivalents.