When you decide to buy that really nice DSLR camera, make sure you do not forget the Photography Accessories considered crucial by every professional photographer. Below is a list of ten critical accessories that I consider “must-haves”. You can find most of these items at your local camera shop or online. The purpose of this article is to educate and I will not be recommending any specific product. However, there are literally thousands of great accessories that you can buy and just as the case is with your camera, the prices can go from very inexpensive to expensive depending on what you are looking for and the brand.
- Camera Bag – You have to protect your investment. You can go cheap and just purchase a basic bag, but I would recommend a bag that will protect the camera if it falls and also will store your accessories etc. that you will take with you. You can find some hardcases for the camera and those are good. For me, I like a Camera Backpack bag. The backpack allows me to store my lenses, batteries etc. while at the same time protecting my camera from falls.
- Extra Battery – Battery life on the cameras can rapidly deplete especially if you are doing filming. You don’t want to go on vacation and you are out and your camera battery is dead. Spend the extra dollars for an additional battery.
- LCD Protector – The LCD Screens on cameras are fairly fragile so make sure and purchase a screen protector. If your camera does not have it included, I would also buy a plastic protector for the rear LCD. You don’t want dust scratching your screen and I would say scratches are the most common damage I see on cameras. The screen and plastic protectors are not too expensive.
- Neck Strap – If you have a DSLR camera, you know they are larger and heavier than basic point and shoot cameras. It gets very uncomfortable hauling that camera around so I’d recommend a padded neck strap. There are several different types that will also hold your extra lenses and battery.
- Cleaning Kit for Lens – These are very inexpensive but a dirty lens will result in cloudy and lower quality photos.
- Dust Blower – Some people just use their Lens Cleaning Kit but I also like a dust blower to help with areas besides the lens that are hard to reach. They are only about $10 and will get rid of dust in your camera sensors.
- Tripod – Most people know that if you have a professional studio or trying to use photo backdrops, you need a tripod. Even if you do not have a studio, I see a sturdy tripod as a requirement. There are all sizes of Tripods and you should go with one that supports the camera very well. You can’t just go with the cheapest tripod because it is common for cameras to fall off of the tripod if it is not secured properly. You might spend $100 on a good tripod but in many ways it is an insurance policy against a damaged camera that falls off.
- Remote Shutter Release – This is very important especially if you are doing burst shots. The problem with burst shots is that it is too easy to move the camera. Even a little bit of vibration will cause blurry pictures so being able to setup the camera on a tripod with a remote shutter release will prevent movement from happening. There are both wired and wireless ones available. Personally, I prefer a wired one
- UV Filter – whenever you buy a lens, make sure that it has a UV lens protection filter. This will protect your lens from accidental damage. Most of the UV Filters today are made such as they do not degrade picture quality. You may want to shop around and look at reviews to make sure you get a good filter.
- Polarizing Filter – This is a requirement especially if you are taking photos that include objects that reflect such as water or glass. Many people also use it to take more vivid photos of the sky. You don’t keep a polarizing filter on all the time because it does reduce your light that flows through it but it is good especially if you are filming landscapes or natural outdoor settings.
Besides these photography accessories, there are several others that I would say is nice to have or would be dependent on the type of shoot you are doing. However, the ten items above are critical in my experience.