Seven Essential Digital Photography Accessories to Keep in Your Backpack

Of the hundreds of digital photography accessories that are available, you do have a few that make the most sense to have in your backpack. This article will go over the basics of what you need, from memory cards to filter, to make sure every shot you take it the best it can be. These little expenses can be awfully handy in the event you need them and you’re out on a shoot.

I will assume for this article that you’re using a digital camera, but if you’re using a camera that uses film, be aware that you’ll always need to have plenty of extra film on hand. In my experience, Fuji Velvia is by far the best choice for nature and landscape shots. There are two speeds it comes in, which are ISO 50 and 100, and some scenes just look better in black and white, so bring plenty of black and white film just to be safe.

If you’re looking to add a little spice to your pictures, consider carrying around filters with you. They don’t take up very much space and can add that little boost that makes your pictures pop. There are a bunch of filters available today, but the most useful ones for landscape shots would have to be a polarizing filter and the neutral density filter.

Continuing about filters, consider using warm-up filters when the light is cool. Try using the 81 series polarizing filter that balances the light in your pictures to bring warmth to them. This is one filter that should definitely be on the top of your list. Some tough exposures, like too much brightness from the sky, require a different filter. You should be using a neutral density filter with either .3, .6, or .9 to help your image without affecting it’s color too dramatically.

Another important consideration is a tripod. If you’re looking to take crisp and sharp pictures, you absolutely must invest in a tripod. To give your pictures extra depth, consider using a shutter speed of less than 1 / 60 of a second. A small aperture maximizes the depth of field, which is a nearly impossible task when you’re holding your digital camera in your hands.

With all the many different tripod options to consider, make sure you end up choosing one that has legs you can spread fairly wide. Extra stability translates to less vibrations which translates to better pictures. Be aware that carbon fiber tripods, while more expensive, are lightweight and sturdy, making them easier to transport, yet powerful enough to give you the value you need.

If you ask most photographers, most will agree that memory cards are the most essential accessory. Be sure to purchase extras to carry along with you on extended events.

Another great accessory to have that might just turn out to be your best friend is a cable release. Good for use during those long range exposures, a cable release helps to reduce the slightest vibrations that cause your photos to not be as good as they could be. A cable release allows you to snap a shot at the exact second you want to, without delay, ensuring that any vibrations caused by pressing the shutter don’t affect the shot.

Next on the list is a small and lightweight gadget, but very useful if you’re attempting to capture an unforgettable landscape photograph; the accessory is a light meter. Although most digital cameras will have one built in, any serious photographer will be using an external one to accurately measure the light available.

And in closing, other little odd but helpful accessories to keep in your bag would be plenty of spare camera batteries, spare lenses and a grey card to check exposure. By investing in small, yet useful gadgets helps to get the most out of your bigger investment; your digital camera.