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 14 accessories you must have as a beginner. This will cover most of your need as well as help you to create some unique photographs which would be impossible otherwise.
14. A good camera bag
As soon as you buy a camera, you buy a camera bag, because you want to protect your investment and easily transport it between locations. But choosing the right camera bag is not always easy – there are so many different bags out there, that it gets frustratingly difficult to make the right decision. Often times, people end up buying a small camera bag, only to replace it in a couple of months with a different one, realizing that they need more room for their camera and lenses. This happens all the time. A backpack, a sling-bag or a shoulder bag is completely a personal choice. It is a personal preference and you should definitely try before you buy…a local camera store is a great place to start.
13. Mini Soft Box for Speed light
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.
Nobody wants to see spots on their photos. If it does start happening though, you want to have a blower laying around. This method of cleaning your camera is highly preferable to anything requiring you to touch the lens.
11. A micro fibre 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.
10. Light Reflector
In situations where flash is just not going to work, like outdoors on a sunny day or while doing some portraits, having a set of light reflectors can be very beneficial.
9. Lens Pen
If your blower is still not getting the dust off your lens, don’t panic. The lens pen should do the trick. It has two sides, one with a brush to the clean the dust off your lens and the other with a cleaning tip for everything else.
8. Extra battery
An extra battery is an indispensable accessory that will definitely come in handy, especially when traveling. If you do not already have an extra battery, you should definitely buy one before your next trip or vacation. One more thing – batteries do not last long when you shoot in cold temperatures, so be prepared for a short battery life if you are shooting in freezing conditions.
7. LCD Protector
Although many DSLR cameras come with a plastic protector for the camera LCD, It is still highly recommended protecting the rear LCD with a regular screen protector. Sometimes dust gets in between the LCD and the plastic screen protector and scratches the LCD. A DSLR camera with a scratched LCD is not going to have a good resell value, so that’s the first thing you should do to keep it away from scratches. Once you protect it, don’t forget to put the plastic protector back in place, if you have one.
6. Pop up flash diffuser
If you don’t have a speedlight and you find yourself with pop flash being the only option, be sure to at least have a diffuser with you. It will function essentially the same as a softbox.
5. Neck Strap
The neck straps that come with DSLR cameras are very uncomfortable. When you carry a heavy camera+lens combo on your neck, a standard camera strap can leave painful bruises on your neck, after just an hour or two of wearing the camera. Gladly, there are many excellent neck straps available today
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.
3. Remote Shutter Release
Don’t forget to grab a remote shutter release for your DSLR along with the tripod. You can easily cause camera shake on a long lens setup, even if you are using a sturdy tripod. When you work with slow shutter speeds, ever bit of vibration can cause your image to be blurry. A remote shutter release will let you fire your camera without touching it. Many of the entry-level DSLRs have infrared remotes that are very lightweight, compact and best of all – wireless. If you are shooting on a pro-level body, you will most likely have to buy a wired solution. Both Nikon and Canon have a good selection of remote shutter releases and it is recommend to get one that supports “bulb” mode (more than 30 seconds exposure) with an exposure lock.
2. Lens UV/Protection Filter
Get used to buying a lens protection filter while buying a lens. If you do not already have one, definitely buy one as soon as possible. Not only do protection filters help protect your lens from accidental damage, but they also make it easier to clean lenses, especially when the front element of the lens sticks out in a round form. Although some photographers claim that filters degrade image quality but if you buy good filters, they almost do not affect image quality.
1. 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.