It is not uncommon for aspiring photographers to go out and spend a large portion of their budget on a spectacular camera only to find themselves disappointed with the images it produces. Luckily, there are many great and innovative accessories that the beginner photographer can use to help them capture greater photos.
Accessories the No Beginner Photographer Should Be Without
A tripod is one of the most valuable and necessary accessories that a beginner photographer should have in their collection. A tripod offers those new to the art of picture taking a greater level of stability at they hunt for the perfect image. A tripod delivers great benefits, especially when used when shooting landscapes, evening shots, and even portraits. Many photographers find that they are able to capture sharper and more pleasing images than they would have been able to had they not been using a tripod. Furthermore, a tripod gives the photographer the freedom to place the camera at angles that the human body simply cannot physically contort to. Lastly, the addition of a tripod to a photography equipment collection means that new photographers will be able to practice their photography skills using themselves as the subject if they have a remote.
Tripods come in many shapes and sizes and at varying prices tags. When purchasing a tripod for the first time it is necessary to consider it as an investment in perfecting the skill of photography.
Remote Shutter Releases
The next vital accessory that all beginner photographers should consider purchasing is a remote shutter release. In the world of photography, remotes are considered highly valuable for assisting with capturing night and landscape images when longer exposure is needed since they help to reduce camera shake and blur. They are also highly valuable for taking self portraits or group shots.
Primarily there are two forms of remote shutter; wireless and cabled systems. The majority of manufacturers make their own remoter shutter releases according to the specifics of the camera it will be used for. While shutter costs can vary, it is unlikely that they will ever cost too much.
Every photographer needs filters. Lens filters are particularly useful since they act as sunglasses for the camera lens. Filters offer protection from the elements such as UV lights, dust, water, scratches, finger prints and so forth. Asides from simply protecting the lens, a good filter will also help the photographer to create a stronger image by reducing flares and reflections. Some filters can even add colour and contrast to pictures.
There are many types of filters available. The most useful for beginners are polarizing filters. A polarizing filter will reduce reflections and minimize blown out areas in the picture while adding more vivid colours and far greater contrast. Novice photographers may also want to consider a neutral density (or ND) filter. These filters are engineered to reduce light entry without affecting the picture itself.