The art of photography requires patience, time, dedication, and creativity. To get that perfect picture, you need to use both your brain and heart, as well as the help of a few useful gadgets. With so many different items available on the market today, how do you know what you really need if you are just starting out?
1. A Good Tripod
Tripods are arguably the most essential accessory a photographer can own. Whether you are shooting in landscape or portrait, day or night, a tripod will come in handy at some point during your photography career.
The additional stability that tripods offer is great for low light settings, where longer exposure time is necessary to get a good photo. It’s also handy for shooting the evening sky and nighttime selfies.
2. Remote Shutter Release
The other device that many photographers —both hobbyists and pros— often buy is a remote shutter release. This handy little device lets you snap a photo without having to touch the actual camera. It means you won’t accidentally shake your camera as you take the photo. Also, it makes it easier for you —the photographer— to be in the picture too, making it great for selfies and family portraits.
These remotes come in both a wired and wireless option. Newer models offer features such as half-press support, timers, and LCD screens.
3. External Flash
Even if you do not believe you will take photos at night, there may come a point where you will find having an additional flash handy. Do not trust the one that came with your camera. It’s not always the perfect option for photographs.
While people tend to shy away from flash photography, it is a great idea to begin your photography career with an external flash. Doing so hones your skills, helping you get used to working with a flash. To get started, consider looking for online guides or tutorials.
Apart from learning to work with an external light source, it’s also essential to learn how to work with natural light. Reflectors spread the light around your frame so the light appears softer. They also prevent shadows from appearing too harsh, and evens out the light on your shot.
If you’re looking to focus on portrait photography, reflectors should be in your photographer’s tool kit.
5. Additional accessories
There is nothing worse than finding the perfect spot, getting into taking great photos, and then running out of battery halfway through your shoot. An extra battery and charger (or two) could be helpful, especially when you’re doing outdoor shoots.
Similarly, you will want to have additional SD cards with you to be able to quickly and easily switch them out if you find yourself out of space in your SD cards.
One helpful tip is to have a few smaller SD cards rather than one large one. That way, if something happens to one or it becomes corrupted, you have extras with you. You may also want to purchase an SD card case to hold them all in and keep them safe from the environment but close at hand while you work.
Remember, you do not need to purchase all of these right away. For those just starting out, you can always add items to your arsenal down the road. Focus on learning the basics and improving your photography skills first.