Other than a good digital or, for traditionalists, analog camera, you will need some basic accessories to develop your hobby. Make good use of seasonal equipment sales and acquire some of the basic items from the list. We will give you a heads up on five essential accessories every photographer needs.
Top 5 accessories
A starter kit made up of a single camera, and only one lens may not require you to buy yourself a camera bag, but it will sure come in handy. For example, a good leather bag which can endure the elements and an occasional scratch or two will be precious for outdoor trips. Your camera and other equipment will be protected from rain, moisture and sharp rocks or tree branches, too. Dust will also have no way to infiltrate your sensitive cameras. Also, it will be much easier to carry all the things in a single bag. You can choose from a backpack or a shoulder bag. While backpacks are easier to carry, shoulder bags allow easier and quicker access to your stuff. Weigh out the pros and cons and choose the right bag according to your personal preference.
Photographers do not like shaky photos and a simple asset like a tripod can be a crucial help to create great pictures. Catching the right angle or the right elevation can be tricky to achieve using your hands only. A tripod will do this job perfectly, so your photos are amazingly sharp and abundant with detail.
Go for the quality products and avoid cheap models so your tripod does not tip over from a slight breeze. Also, take care to choose a tripod which can extend quite a bit, up to eye level if possible. The cheaper versions are made of aluminum and more expensive ones from carbon fiber.
An essential piece of equipment which sits between the camera and the tripod legs. Although many tripods come with heads as a kit, you can choose your tripod head yourself and find the one that suits you the best. Choose from ball heads or three-way tripod heads, depending on if you want to specialize in still life photography or landscapes, respectively.
Sometimes it is a pain to trigger the shutter while the camera is positioned on the tripod. A remote release will certainly come in handy in those situations.
This little gadget allows you to take photos remotely and to exploit longer exposures much more easily. There are even mobile apps which you can use to remotely operate the shutter on your camera, as well as many other cool features. The two main types are wireless, and cable releases.
A beginner photographer might start off with a single lens, but if you want to develop your art, you will need additional lenses. A lens which covers a wide focal range is a good start.