Top 10 essential DSLR accessories for Beginners
There is no end to the list of accessories you may need as you evolve into a professional photographer from being a hobbyist. But here are top 10 accessories you must have as a beginner in 2017. This will cover most of your need as well as help you to create some unique photographs which would be impossible otherwise.
10. Mini Softbox for Speedlight
All the various softbox create even and diffused light by directing light through some diffusing material, or by “bouncing” light off a second surface to diffuse the light. The sides and back of the box are lined with a bright surface – an aluminized fabric surface or an aluminum foil, to act as an efficient reflector. It can be mounted on your external flash.
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9. Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Microfiber or microfibre is synthetic fiber finer than one or 1.3 denier or decitex/thread. Unlike cotton, microfiber leaves no lint on the cleaned surface. They can be used to clean lens and other glass surfaces on camera equipment.
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8. External Hard Drive & Extra Memory Cards
If you shoot extensively, you will be running out of space on your computer hard-drives within a short period of time. You must have an external hard-drive for easy storage and mobility. Cloud storage also helps but you will need a fast internet connection every time you want to access your file.
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The more you have, the better it is. Its good to have lots of them in medium capacity than having just one of large capacity. Eg. 4 x 16 GB is better than having 1 x 64 GB. You never know when one will stop working and you may loose all your data.
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7. Spare Battery
When you are shooting outdoors or travelling, the chances of you running low on battery are high, especially in cold environment. You should always carry one spare battery while travelling or going for an extended outdoor shoot. If you are using a flash then carry spare AA batteries too.
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6. Rocket Blower
Rocket blowers are of great help to dust off the particles which may enter inside your camera and may get stuck on the sensor or mirror. This may in turn produce soft spots on the photographs which may need lots of post processing. You can blow the dust away with rocket blower each time before changing the lens.
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5. External Speedlight/Flash
The most important aspect about photography is the ‘light’. Having an external flash not only compensates in low light situation but also gives you creative control. Bouncing lights from walls will give you evenly lit portraits. Having an external flash will open a whole new world of creative freedom to show your creativity. The nest thing you may consider is getting a radio trigger for your flash to get it off camera. Branded speedlights may be expensive for beginners. You can always start with cheaper alternatives like Yongnuo, Digitek or Nissin flashes.
This Yongnuo YN 560 III has received a customer rating of 9/10 (after 1000+ votes) and is absolute value for money.
Good equipment needs good care. Having a good, user friendly and well padded camera bag may increase the life of your gear and may absorb small shocks and bumps to avoid any damage to your gear. Its always good to prefer backpacks from reputed brands like lowepro, vanguard etc. Consider a backpack with built in rain-cover.
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3. Remote / Shutter Release cable
If you are planning to do long exposure photography then you must have either Remote or Shutter release cable. For any exposure longer than 30 seconds i.e. in Bulb mode you need one of these.
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A Tripod is a must for most photographers looking to shoot long exposures. You can make up with any steady surface but to get a perfect angle and in all situation, you will need a sturdy tripod.
Don’t buy a cheap Tripod made for point and shoots. Invest in a good tripod and that may last lifelong without the need for upgrade. Some good value for money beginner options are Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit & Manfrotto MKBFRA4R-BH. But if you are on a tight budget then nothing better than Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head which comes for less than US $50.
You can’t just remove those smudges from the glass elements of your lens with either your fingers or lens cloth without using lenspen. Lenspen effectively cleans any smudge or tiniest of dust/water particle stuck on the glass surface of lens. It a must have. Especially when you are shooting on the beach.
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