If you’re new to digital photography and just picked up your first camera, you’re about to be confronted by an onslaught of choices! Those choices range from a couple of bucks to thousands of dollars, but can increase the quality of your photographs tenfold!
The choices I’m talking about are digital photography accessories. And if you’re not careful, you can sink thousands of dollars into the hobby!
The key is to have an idea of what kind of photography you’ll be shooting. For instance, portrait type shots have different requirements than landscape photos. Here are a couple tips to get you started!
My favorite accessory decision is finding a new gear bag. Obviously, gear bags are supposed to be functional and offer protection for your camera body and lenses, but there are some that will seriously hold every gadget you could ever want! Those are the kinds I like.
A simple camera bag with padding and a couple slots is going to cost you about $40. But the big gear bags I was talking about start at about $200!
Another accessory you’re going to want to consider is a tripod. In fact, you need a tripod to do night photography. It’s a simple cheap addition, but it will really increase the quality of your pictures because you won’t be concentrating on steadying the camera, you’ll be focused on taking great pictures!
SLR remotes are nice too. If you’ve never heard of them, it’s a little remote that you use to take pictures rather than squeezing the trigger. They’re beautiful things when you’re doing professional portrait work.
The biggest thing though? Lenses.
Having an assortment of lenses (and knowing how to use them) will single-handedly improve your digital images. Depending on the lens, you can take longer shots, do extreme close up work, or take wide-angle images.
The important thing is to figure out what you’re going to be taking photos of, and then choosing your digital photography accessories with those thoughts in mind.