As a professional photographer and when you learning photography, you should have the proper knowledge about the photography related subordinate accessories. Basically every photographer must familiar with these questions.
- What are these accessories?
- What are importance of these accessories?
- How these accessories can be used?
- How to choose the quality and relevant accessories for your task?
Here I listed important photography accessories which are commonly using in photography world.
1. Lens Cleaning Cloth
Lens cloth is a kind of paper, which is using for cleaning purpose of your DSLR camera lens. Basically lens cap is using for giving more protection from the dust. But we can’t 100% guaranteed that there is no any dust particle on our lens. Therefore as a photographer, better you should keep lens cloth with cleaning fluid in your camera bag. First of all, you should clean the top of the lens by blowing or using a soft brush. Then you put cleaning fluid on this lens cloth (not on to the lens). Now you can clean the top surface of your lens. This is the basic method of cleaning the lens. Keep that in your mind, never touch on the lens top surface and on the camera shutter or camera mirror. It can make fingerprints on the surfaces.
2. Lens Cap
The lens cap is using to protect your lens from dust and macro particles. When you are not using your lens, you never forget to use a lens cap. Especially we don’t use lens some period of time, either it keeps inside of the camera bag or not you must use this lens cap for cover the lens. Because of the lens is the most expensive part for any photographer.
3. Flash Light
Flash is a light which is lighting only photograph capturing instance. Normally flashlight comes with DSLR camera and other types of cameras as their in-built component. It can be collapsed when it is not using for easy handling. Flash is very important for night time and dark light photo shoots. As well as it uses for daytime also to fill in shadows, reduce the outside background contrast and especially for highlight the object. When the object is highlighting, it adds some professional appearance automatically.
Camera’s in-built flashlight has a low illumination distance because power consumption should be low. Normally this flashlight is energized by camera battery. It can be given proper and strong illumination only for a maximum 12 feet (sometimes it can be varied with the DSLR camera settings). Therefore professional photographers are used use external energized flash with more powerful and high illumination level which is connected to the DSLR camera and operates simultaneously.
4. TTL Meter (Through the Lens)
Most of the modern cameras has through the lens metering function which provides correct exposure for capturing photographs. Some kind of camera allows to alter the flash light output with plus and minus compensation buttons. Definitely, you should refer the TTL section in the camera user manual when you use the function in practical situations. Lots of cameras are using front curtain sync flash as default settings. It is suitable for common situations, but at the low light environments, the background will be black color.
5. Camera Bag
Terms of this topic you can get the real idea of the equipment. The camera bag is kind of a bag but it is produced for specialized to camera protection. Normally we can pack all the camera accessories and DSLR camera with high protection and more tighter. Furthermore, when all the pockets are closed, it will be sealed. Therefore camera bag should be dust-proof, water-proof and more comfortable for carrying. Better you should use moisture absorber in your camera bag. Because it is very important for your lens lifetime.
6. Extra Batteries
Basically, either DSLR camera or any other cameras are categorized as high power consuming devices. Therefore only one battery set is not enough to cover the whole photo shooting session or adventuring photoshoot. As a professional photographer, you used to keep additional batteries in your camera bag. Otherwise hanging the camera and other accessories is became useless. Especially you have to use more than 2 set of batteries in very cold weather photo shoots.
Tripod is the camera a fixing stand. It has consisted of adjustable three legs. Tripods are very important in landscape photography, lightning photography, capture low shutter speed photographs, macro photography, and low light photography. Tripod is essential for keeping the camera as steady. The big disadvantage of this tripod is the high weight and requirement of large space. Therefore it isn’t suitable for adventure type photography sessions.
Here I listed some tips for choose better tripod,
- Carbon fiber tripods are better than aluminum tripods.
- Tripod’s legs better should be rubber insulated.
- It can be placed flat on the ground.
- Double check the tripod legs locks are fixing tightly and reliability.
- You must choose to check the height of the tripod with considering the height of yours. It should be closer your chest or eye level.
8. Camera manuals
The camera user manual is very important for each and every camera. Normally functions and features are varying with a camera by camera, brand by brand and version by version in same camera brand. People dislike to read user manuals which are consisted of more than 100 pages. Therefore they will miss some best camera functions and setting configuration which are available in a new model than your previous camera.
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