Know your Gear

Published by Anurag Mathur on Aug'22,2019

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Know your Gear

Anurag Mathur
0 | 671 | Aug 22, 2019

For shooting the most amazing and most incredible photos all you need other than your camera is some MUST have camera accessories.

Here are some MUST have camera accessories and their usage:-

1.     Camera Bag – One of the essential accessories, as it holds all the other accessories safely in one place. You must research about it before you buy one because there are many bags in the market that are smaller and handier but does not hold much stuff. There are also many shoulder bags and are capable of even holding your tripod stand with other additional stuff.

Credits: JEFF HOPPER

2.     Tripod – A tripod is a three-legged stand that holds the camera on top of it so that you can take pictures on a certain level from the ground up. It even lets you click pictures without any discomfort when the ground is uneven and does not cause the stand to wobble. As a rule aluminium tripods are more sturdy (and cheaper) than carbon fibre, but they are also heavier to carry.

Credits: MIKE TRASK

3.     Tripod Head – It goes in between the tripod legs and the camera. It is good for still life and macro photography but can be a big pain when you want to shoot a landscape that is when you use the tripod.

4.     Remote Release – A remote release allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera, so it's useful for longer exposures when the camera is on a tripod as it avoids introducing unwanted camera shake. There are also some mobile apps in the market that allow you to convert your phone into a remote release and also make a snap sound when you click the picture.

Credits: WILL NICHOLLAS

5.     Neck Strap – Well, this should have been on a higher spot as it an essential for a photographer. Neck straps are amongst the most trusted accessory of a photographer as it keeps the camera safe and at a guarded distance from you.

6.     Additional Lenses – Many cameras come with a standard zoom lens which is good for practice and learning the purpose, but once you have a good handle on the lens, it won’t take long for you to realise that you are in need of some wider lens to shoot landscapes or interiors, etc… there are many available choices in the market for different lenses but you can learn about which one to use for what kind of photography by reading some articles on www.worldphotographersclub.com

7.     Filters – Filters come in two varieties; round and square (or rectangular). Round filters are quick and easy to use, but you need to buy them in the correct size for every lens you use. Alternatively, buy them in the largest filter thread you need and use stepping rings to fit them to your smaller lenses. Square filters can be transferred between lenses by using different sized adaptor rings. They're the only real choice when using graduated filters as the graduation needs to be located in exactly the right spot over the scene in the viewfinder.

8.     Lens & Sensor Cleaner - It's important to keep your gear clean. A blower is useful for blowing specks and grit off your camera body and lens before giving it a wipe with a soft lens cloth. It's also advisable to invest in a sensor cleaning kit because, even though compact system cameras and DSLRs have in-built cleaning mechanisms, sticky pollen and the like can still find its way onto a sensor and it can take some shifting.

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. Lens pen can be a bit pricey, but you don’t want to invest in the cheap ones as they can affect your camera badly and may leave it with scratches and stuff after usage.

10. Lens Hood – A lens hood is essential for shading the front element of a lens to prevent flare, some manufacturers don't always ship them with their optics. If you have a lens without a hood, it's a good idea to buy one. It is advisable to buy the hood from the same manufacturer as the camera but if that’s not possible then you might have to labour a bit more and search around for the one that fits perfectly.

Credits: CINCO RESOURCES

11. Flash Gun – The pop-up flash of your camera (if it has one) is useful for adding a little fill-in light, but you'll get greater power and more flattering results from a flashgun. This can mount in the camera's hot shoe, or for even better results, be fired remotely via a cable or a wireless connection. You can get a flashgun that is compatible with your camera's metering system so exposure control is automatic. But if you want to save a bit of money and really get to grips with flash opt for a fully-manual flashgun instead.

12. Flash Diffuser – While a flashgun is extremely useful for providing extra illumination, filling in shadows and bringing portraits to life, the light from them can be rather harsh. A humble piece of translucent plastic can make all the difference, softening the light and making it much more flattering. There are lots and lots of flash diffusers available on the market, with models that are designed to push-fit onto a flashgun. They are easy to use and on the whole very effective.

13. Audio Adapter – DSLR’s are not just for clicking pictures; they are also used for capturing videos. They do have a good image quality but lack behind in audio qualities for which is needed an audio adapter. It can be connected to the camera and then we can have a video with superb image quality as well as a good audio.

14. Spare Battery – Always carry an extra set of batteries whenever you’re shooting outdoors. You might have a camera with double battery but most of the times you don’t know how long will the shoot go on and that is when a spare set helps.

15. External Hard Drive – If you are into Blast\Continuous shooting then probably your memory\fast card gets sucked up easily and many times you have to leave the shoot in between because you don’t have any extra cards or a device to back it up in. It is smart to carry around an external drive for such cases. You can easily backup your work in the drive and keep shooting till you get what you wanted.

To know more about Photos & Photography, visit www.worldphotoghraphersclub.com 

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For shooting the most amazing and most incredible photos all you need other than your camera is some MUST have camera accessories.

Here are some MUST have camera accessories and their usage:-

1.     Camera Bag – One of the essential accessories, as it holds all the other accessories safely in one place. You must research about it before you buy one because there are many bags in the market that are smaller and handier but does not hold much stuff. There are also many shoulder bags and are capable of even holding your tripod stand with other additional stuff.

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2.     Tripod – A tripod is a three-legged stand that holds the camera on top of it so that you can take pictures on a certain level from the ground up. It even lets you click pictures without any discomfort when the ground is uneven and does not cause the stand to wobble. As a rule aluminium tripods are more sturdy (and cheaper) than carbon fibre, but they are also heavier to carry.

Credits: MIKE TRASK

3.     Tripod Head – It goes in between the tripod legs and the camera. It is good for still life and macro photography but can be a big pain when you want to shoot a landscape that is when you use the tripod.

4.     Remote Release – A remote release allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera, so it's useful for longer exposures when the camera is on a tripod as it avoids introducing unwanted camera shake. There are also some mobile apps in the market that allow you to convert your phone into a remote release and also make a snap sound when you click the picture.

Credits: WILL NICHOLLAS

5.     Neck Strap – Well, this should have been on a higher spot as it an essential for a photographer. Neck straps are amongst the most trusted accessory of a photographer as it keeps the camera safe and at a guarded distance from you.

6.     Additional Lenses – Many cameras come with a standard zoom lens which is good for practice and learning the purpose, but once you have a good handle on the lens, it won’t take long for you to realise that you are in need of some wider lens to shoot landscapes or interiors, etc… there are many available choices in the market for different lenses but you can learn about which one to use for what kind of photography by reading some articles on www.worldphotographersclub.com

7.     Filters – Filters come in two varieties; round and square (or rectangular). Round filters are quick and easy to use, but you need to buy them in the correct size for every lens you use. Alternatively, buy them in the largest filter thread you need and use stepping rings to fit them to your smaller lenses. Square filters can be transferred between lenses by using different sized adaptor rings. They're the only real choice when using graduated filters as the graduation needs to be located in exactly the right spot over the scene in the viewfinder.

8.     Lens & Sensor Cleaner - It's important to keep your gear clean. A blower is useful for blowing specks and grit off your camera body and lens before giving it a wipe with a soft lens cloth. It's also advisable to invest in a sensor cleaning kit because, even though compact system cameras and DSLRs have in-built cleaning mechanisms, sticky pollen and the like can still find its way onto a sensor and it can take some shifting.

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. Lens pen can be a bit pricey, but you don’t want to invest in the cheap ones as they can affect your camera badly and may leave it with scratches and stuff after usage.

10. Lens Hood – A lens hood is essential for shading the front element of a lens to prevent flare, some manufacturers don't always ship them with their optics. If you have a lens without a hood, it's a good idea to buy one. It is advisable to buy the hood from the same manufacturer as the camera but if that’s not possible then you might have to labour a bit more and search around for the one that fits perfectly.

Credits: CINCO RESOURCES

11. Flash Gun – The pop-up flash of your camera (if it has one) is useful for adding a little fill-in light, but you'll get greater power and more flattering results from a flashgun. This can mount in the camera's hot shoe, or for even better results, be fired remotely via a cable or a wireless connection. You can get a flashgun that is compatible with your camera's metering system so exposure control is automatic. But if you want to save a bit of money and really get to grips with flash opt for a fully-manual flashgun instead.

12. Flash Diffuser – While a flashgun is extremely useful for providing extra illumination, filling in shadows and bringing portraits to life, the light from them can be rather harsh. A humble piece of translucent plastic can make all the difference, softening the light and making it much more flattering. There are lots and lots of flash diffusers available on the market, with models that are designed to push-fit onto a flashgun. They are easy to use and on the whole very effective.

13. Audio Adapter – DSLR’s are not just for clicking pictures; they are also used for capturing videos. They do have a good image quality but lack behind in audio qualities for which is needed an audio adapter. It can be connected to the camera and then we can have a video with superb image quality as well as a good audio.

14. Spare Battery – Always carry an extra set of batteries whenever you’re shooting outdoors. You might have a camera with double battery but most of the times you don’t know how long will the shoot go on and that is when a spare set helps.

15. External Hard Drive – If you are into Blast\Continuous shooting then probably your memory\fast card gets sucked up easily and many times you have to leave the shoot in between because you don’t have any extra cards or a device to back it up in. It is smart to carry around an external drive for such cases. You can easily backup your work in the drive and keep shooting till you get what you wanted.

To know more about Photos & Photography, visit www.worldphotoghraphersclub.com 

Happy Clicking!