Whether you’re an amateur photographer who picked up a camera as a hobby or you’re trying to make your photography into a business, creating amazing photos can’t always be done without an accessory. Granted, equipment does not make a photographer, knowledge and first-hand experience do, but sometimes you simply can’t get that perfect shot without relying heavily on your gear. Here are five must-have accessories that can not only help but also elevate your photography efforts to a new level.
Although filters are known to reduce the image quality, sometimes you can’t get that perfect shot without using one. For example, polarizing filter gives better contrast and colors by limiting the amount of light coming into the lens. Graduated ND (neutral density) filter is often used in nature shoots because it adds more exposure to the dark ground while limiting the amount of light coming in from the bright sky and a standard ND filter is best used when shooting with a wide aperture. Whatever you do, just don’t slap a $10 on a $1000 camera and expect good results.
2. Flash diffusers
Flash, when used, is a great tool to elevate your photography game in low-light situations. However, most built-in flashes simply don’t produce the desired results, so professionals often don’t use them at all, use separate flash or they use flash diffusers. The two most often used types of flash diffusers are a white card and dome diffusers. Dome diffuser is excellent for indoor use, while white card produces better results outdoors because they direct light exactly where you need it. It’s best you use a translucent diffuser as they allow more light to be released as opposed to white dome one which blocks a lot more than you’d image.
In the photography business, everything comes down do light. That’s why a reflector is such an important tool, both outside and inside the studio. Whether you use them as your main or fill-in light, scrim or hair light, or even backlights, they prove themselves to be invaluable. What size and color you choose can depend heavily on the type of photography your shooting and the conditions, so a silver reflector is used to increase highlights and allows for high-contrast images while gold one gives that warm, natural feeling and are excellent both for indoor portraits and shooting sunsets.
Tripods are used to prevent sudden camera movement, which makes them excellent for both still and motion photography. They not only reduce camera shake but also to make sure that you achieve maximum sharpness in your photos. Not only used for cameras, tripods can stabilize flashing equipment and even hold a reflector if you need it to. They come in all shapes and sizes and almost all of them are telescopic, which means you can fold them up to save space when transporting.
You’d be surprised how often people simply drop the thing they’re holding in their hands. This may sound funny to some, but dropping and breaking a $1000 dollar camera is no laughing matter. Some photographers use two or more cameras at the same time and they’ll often have them simply hanging around their neck so they can use them as soon as they spot the opportunity. That’s where camera straps come into play and whether it’s a neck or a wrist strap, they ensure that you don’t risk not getting a shot or spending all of your money buying new equipment.
Professional photography is no easy business. This is especially true for all those who’ve just got their first camera and tried to take photos, only to realize that there’s something missing. The secret for some of the most iconic images ever taken, are the accessories. Whether you’re using a simple filter or an array of reflectors to ensure that the subject is perfectly lit, they are vital for all those two to wish to up their game and make professional-looking photographs.