Using any kind of photography equipment, aside from your actual camera body and lenses will at some point become a necessity if you wish to expand your ability in the various types of digital photography.
You’ll find you can only go so farwith the equipment you already have when using some of the digital photography tips and tutorials on this site.
What kinds of equipment are you most likely to need?
There are just some kinds of photography equipment you probably won’t be able to live without for very long without finding it limiting and quite possibly frustrating.
The following is a list of the most common kinds of professional photography Brisbane equipment used in digital photography and an explanation of each one.
Tripods – I can’t stand it any longer!
Camera stands are essentially a piece of equipment for your camera that enables you to fix your camera in one position that won’t cause movement in the camera body, thus making it possible for you to use slow shutter speeds in order to allow more light into the lens and/or gain more detail in the shot.
In general, you will also want to use this with an infrared shutter release, or else you may still be affecting the shot by touching the shutter release button, no matter how slight. (see …. below) However, a tripod also makes composition a lot easier and frees-up your body to do other things.
A monopod has one use really, to provide stability to the photographer when he’s using a hefty and unruly telephoto lens. Anyone who’s ever looked through a telephoto lens 200mm plus has been struck by the fact that very tiny movement of the hand is translated through the lens as ahuge-wobble!
A monopod allows a photographer to reduce camera shake and also give their arms a rest, it’s an especially needed piece of professional digital photography equipment used when doing sports photography of a game/event that lasts an hour or so.
Flashes – Flash Guns – Speedlights
Arguably a ‘must have’ piece of professional digital photography equipment is a flash gun. After a while, the built in flash will just begin to annoy you, and if you are a beginner make you feel that using flash photography does more damage to a shot than good, due to a ‘washed-out’ look.
In truth, the built in flash is more of an emergency ‘gotta-get-the-shot’ measure. Few Edinburgh photographers really use iton a dslr, and it could be argued that almost no professional photographer uses the built-in flash. There may be exceptions to this statement, but not many!
A decent flashgun is therefore very desirable, and also enables greater control over the lighting and therefore final shot. See Flash Digital Photography for more.
Filters – Lens+Flash
I have a real soft-spot for Photography Filters . Many people think that with the advent of digital photography and digital editing software such as Photoshop that photography accessories such as filters that go on your camera lens, are somewhat unnecessary, yet nothing could be further from the truth.
For example, unless you are really prepared to work on on solitary image for an hour or so, you could never get the coloration effect across the whole picture (balanced) that a polarizing filter will get you.
If there is enough of the color in the original shot then you can, but using a plugin to bring that color out may also throw out the color balance in other parts of the shot.
It’s great to be able to have control over what used to be called ‘post-processing’ of an image with Photo Editing software, but the main point is to get a great shot in the first place, not to do ‘clean-up’ after the fact.
The main filters of interest are UV filters, polarizing filters, neutral density filters and colorized filters and gradient filters.
Useful Accessories – Accessorize, to Access-Your-Eyes
Aside from obligatory Memory Cards and an extra battery, one of the most useful pieces of photography equipment for improving the quality of your shots is an infrared remote control wireless/shutter release. Photography accessories like these allows you to take a picture hands-free (I don’t mean while your driving your car by the way); simply place your dslr on the tripod or other object (ex, wall) and then press the magic button!
As mentioned above with the tripod, this makes sure that you don’t cause camera shake, which is more and more likely the slower the shutter speed, from 1/60 of a second and below.
Lower than 1/30 and it’s an impossibility that hand-held there won’t be camera shake. An infrared shutter release is therefore invaluable, and the best part, is they are affordable on almost any budget.