As you progress from being a hobbyist into a professional photographer, you’ll soon discover the need for a variety of accessories that will help you produce amazing photos. It is not a must that you have to own all of them. It is just partially helping your photography life easier. For starters, here’s the top 10 best DSLR camera accessories for dummies In 2016 should have in his backpack.
Table of Contents
- 10.The Amazing MagicFiber
- 9.Giottos Rocket Air Blaster Air Blower
- 8.LensPen Pro Camera Cleaning Kit
- 7.AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control
- 6.Dolica’s Aluminum Proline Tripod
- 5.WD Blue Everyday Storage Desktop Hard Drive
- 4.SanDisk 32GB Ultra Class 10 Micro SDHC Memory Card
- 3.Nikon EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
- 2.Fotodiox Square Flash Softbox
- 1.Yongnuo Professional Flash Speedlight/Flash
Made from premium microfiber, this 6-pack cleaning cloth is safe for all types of surfaces and lenses. It has no threads or coarse edges that may possibly damage your delicate materials. It features jagged edges, so it lasts longer compared to those with unfinished edging where the threads pull out easily. It can be used with or without a cleaning solution, to help remove oil and fingerprints with just a single swipe. Each microfiber is 6″x7″ in size and is packed in its own polyurethane plastic bag.
In time, dust particles get into the lens of your camera and may create soft spots on your photos. With its size, the Giottos Rocket Blower directs a powerful and smooth blast into the lens, blowing off particles that are simply impossible with other cleaning materials. Others might shy away against its enormous size, but you’ll soon find out that smaller versions do not deliver the same cleaning power that this one does.
If you’ve never used a LensPen after spending months with photography, then you’re missing out. Professionals claim that this is the most cost-effective way of cleaning your lenses and having them operate with top efficiency. Each pen contains patented dry carbon compound and has self-replenishing tips which are designed for specific functions.
In the course of your career, there will be times when it’s simply impossible to click the camera yourself. Such cases include hard-to-approach subjects, self-portraits or when you’re aiming to minimize the camera vibration. The AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control triggers the shutter for up to 10 feet, thus allowing better timing for your subject.
Covering an entire event requires steady shots, hence it pays to invest with a good model of a tripod bound to last a lifetime. If you’re on a tight budget though or is just starting to get into the idea of using a tripod, then take Dolica’s 62″ Aluminum Tripod. It is able to support up to 13.2 lbs, with a base thread of 3/8″. The set includes a ballhead, a quick release plate and a bubble level. It stands on a 90-degree vertical platform and opens at a standard, semi and full-wide angles.
If you’re planning to take thousands of photos, you’ll soon find yourself in need of additional disk space in just a short period of time. The WD Blue hard drive has a capacity of 1TB, allowing you to store up to 200,000 digital photos or 120 hours of HD video. It also features third generation SATA interface with a reliable transfer rate of 6GB/s, and has a WhisperDrive technology that minimizes the noise level. The SoftSeek technology ensures better operation as it streamlines the read/write mechanisms.
Rather than having only one with a large capacity, it’s actually smarter to have lots of them with medium capacity since there’s no way of knowing when they’re going to breakdown and you might lose all your photos. This memory card is a class 10, ideal for taking smooth videos. It has been tested for durability, thus making it waterproof, X-ray proof, temperature proof, shockproof and magnet proof. It even comes with a 10-year warranty period.
If your next project involves spending long hours outdoors, you risk running low on battery, thus a spare is a must. The Nikon EN-EL15 is a rechargeable battery able to power selected models of Nikon DSLR cameras.
This accessory softens the light shooting off your external flash, balancing the diffusion of light while not getting in the way of your lens. It’s available in two sizes, 6″x8″ and 8″x12″, and is definitely helpful for photographers who are always on the go. The Square Softbox fits most models of flash units, including those from Nikon and Canon. It has Velcro strips to help secure the Softbox to the flash, and the grip surface ensures it doesn’t slip especially during active photo shoots. Inside, it bears a premium-quality reflective surface that contains a detachable inner diffusion panel, which helps you control the light’s intensity.
One of the most important factors in photography is illumination. An external flash should always be at the ready, especially when you’re caught in a low-light environment. The YN560-III is featured with a large-sized LCD screen and the lead flashes up to distances of 100 meters. It also bears the New Power Zoom Function, which increases the flash coverage from 24mm to 105mm. It also features a charging socket for your external power pack, for added convenience.