Camera & Photography Accessories.
become an integral part of photography, as they can make
shooting easier and your pictures better. Outfitting your gear
with the latest technology and design isnít just form, itís
function. Find the right photo accessory for a digital camera
There are many websites with information about camera
accessories, so rather than duplicate a lot of the information on our
site we have selected a few of the most popular gadgets.
Top Tips & Help from the Professional when
Digital Camera Filters.
Filters are a necessary addition to your accessory pack. If youíre looking to saturate
colours and add contrast to your images, then shooting with a filter on your lens will help you create a digital file thatís closer to your desired end result. There are software packages and plug-ins available that can fix or enhance your images, but that could take hours of digital darkroom work. Starting with a quality image in-camera
is always the best route.
The UV Filter.
A UV filter blocks ultra violet light from entering the
For most shots there is no obvious effect caused by the
filter on the photo, however the filter can reduce
haziness in long distance shots etc. As the effect of
the filter is usually un-noticeable
many photographers use this filter as a shield against
damage to the camera lens, and have it attached to the
The ND (Neutral
A neutral density filter reduces
light of wavelengths or colours equally (and therefore
do not affect the colour of the finished photo) that
your eyes see. The purpose of a neutral density
filters is to allow the photographer greater flexibility
to change the aperture or exposure time to suite the
The ND Graduated
similar to the above, however the shade is graduated
across part or half of the filter. These filters fall
broadly into two groups - those that are coloured and
the grey or neutral density Graduated Filter. This
allows you to either darken, for example, the sky to
enhance the Ďbluenessí or if you have a scene where
there is a dark area that you need to expose for longer
than another part of the scene this filter will allow
you to achieve this. Coloured graduated filters may look
eye-catching but they're best used by trial and error to
create the desired effect and
colour. All graduated filters need careful
positioning to get the best effect. To make the most of
this your camera should be fixed securely to a tripod.
most situations this will add a dramatic effect to the
A polarizing filter will enable you to reduce or
increase the amount of reflection in surfaces such as
water or glass, this works by filtering out light
polarized perpendicularly to the axis of the filter.
This is great if the subject of your photo is the
reflection itself or if you want the photograph to
capture something either on water or behind glass.
The Colour Filter range.
Colour filter range as the name suggests will
tint the image to whatever colour
you have chosen. These come in all colours of the
spectrum and also in a graduated version. Examples are
using a blue graduated colour
filter to enhance the colour
in the sky, using a yellow filter for a sunset shot etc.
You can also mix these filters together to enhance
different colours in one scene.
Finally, there are
many other types of photographic filters available on
line and in the stores. The choice is endless in meeting
every photographers needs. The cost
varies depending on the quality of the filter and the
size required to fit your lens system. We hope
our brief overview on a small
selection of filters has
Assess the amount of gear you have as well as what sort of bag will be the most comfortable and convenient to carry. Whether you choose a backpack, shoulder bag or rolling case, the latest camera bags are designed for a range of photography needs.
Camera bags should be able to store at least a camera, a couple of lenses, batteries, backup storage and some gadgets or miscellaneous accessories like filters and cleaning tools.
When purchasing a tripod, check to see how much weight it can hold. Not only must it hold your digital camera, but if you plan on using an add-on flash or heavy lenses, you should factor that in as well.
A steady tripod is a must when shooting in low-light conditions. Hand-holding your camera when shooting a slow shutter speed will result in a blurry image. Although sturdiness is essential, you donít have to sacrifice comfort to make that happen.
Extra Camera batteries.
Good for everyone, but especially for travel and sports, wedding
documentary, wildlife and news events.
It's a fact: digital cameras suck power, and digital SLRs suck
even more of it. A key component to good power management is having at least two batteries, one to shoot and one to charge. Having three is better: one to shoot, one fully charged spare on hand, and one in the
(car or home) charger being toped-up.