If you own a DSLR, give yourself a pat on the back – you are trying to use one of the most complicated cameras ever built. And if you have turned pro, then we’re sure you are already receiving a lot of pats (and requests) from countless number of people. You are probably famous as the ‘DSLR guy/girl’ and have accumulated tons of memory cards over a very short period of time. That being said, life of a person owning a DSLR is no less than a quest to improvise his skills in photography. And how do they do that?
Well, it’s more than just having the highest number of pixels on your device. And in order to cut down your chase, we list down 7 importance accessories that go hand-in-hand with your DSLR:
A carry/travel bag.
Buy all that your heart wishes for, but the question will always remain the same, ‘Where do I store these delicacies?’. Even though most of the sellers provide you with a conventional carry case, these cases are sufficient only for the standard and most basic articles.
It’s only a matter of time till you run out of space to accommodate more of these DSLR gizmos. Invest in a moderately sized camera bag which has enough space to stuff in your lenses and other essential accessories which cannot be left in a place that is prone to jerks and hits.
PS: You will need another bag for this! The relationship between a DSLR and a tripod is like that of two childhood buddies. Inseparable. And the poor tripod being the silent one among the two. Helps the camera in achieving perfection, but never comes in the limelight itself.
Speaking technically, tripods will assist you in capturing images which basically require the help of another person. Most commonly a passer-by who usually doesn’t know how to handle a DSLR. It will also help you in seizing breathtaking time-lapse videos that will otherwise put an enormous strain on your arm. Don’t want to end up as the lonely cameraman in a family photo? Well, you better run to grab one of these!
Getting deeper into the technicality of this field. As you must be knowing, every DSLR allows its user to attach/detach lenses as per his/her setting and genre. And if you are a wedding photographer, then the struggle to develop the right photographs in every background will haunt you for nights on stretch. We advise such users to keep additional lenses handy at all times.
Lenses differ with each other based on their zooming and focal capacities. For example, a wildlife photographer might need an extra-large focal lens. Whereas, an in-house photographer should be happy with a lens with a shorter focal length.
No matter how insignificant it sounds, running out of battery is the last thing you’d want while capturing your favorite portrait. Especially the ones which are time specific. It’s a very common practice to neglect charging your DSLR batteries while we are busy overcharging our smart phones. And if portfolio creation is your startup plan, then you can only imagine the amount of embarrassment a drained battery would bring!
Wireless Smart Phone connectivity.
You can share your DSLR screen on your smart phone with the help of a tiny adapter which fits in one of the dedicated ports on your camera. This allows your smart phone to connect and control your camera with ease from a remote position (not too far though). Both the devices get connected via Wi-Fi and the zone of control breaks as soon as you cross the pre-defined connectivity perimeter. A very useful electronic module indeed.
The most annoying part of a DSLR camera is that it attracts a large amount of dust particles over it, thanks to the material with which it’s made. And the presence of dust and dirt can reduce the picture quality of your DSLR to a drastic level. Always carry a cleaning kit whenever you head out with your camera to brush/blow away any particle that can cause damage to your lens and other accessories.
It’s more of a safety tool than a convenience tool. Most of the components inside a DSLR are highly delicate and can suffer permanent damages upon the slightest blow or impact.
You must have noticed that most photographers who are engrossed in their shoot, hold the camera by the base of its lens or the display. This is an absolutely wrong practice. Even if the grip is strong, there is still a fair chance for you to drop it causing the lens to crack.
Hence, it is important for the user to always secure the camera around their neck with the help of a padded neck strap.