Love photography? Whether you’re a budding amateur or an old pro, there’s always a chance to increase the versatility and potential of your digital camera.
With such a huge range of accessories available, however, finding the right product to suit your needs isn’t always easy.
We’ve put together a simple guide to highlight some of the essential digital camera accessories and what you need to know about them.
Cases and Bags
Having found your ideal digital camera, it’s important to invest in a suitable case. For point & shoot digital cameras, the primary function of a case should be to provide protection against every day wear and tear. Always look out for cases, though, which provide built-in belt loops and pockets for an extra battery or memory card.
For the larger breeds of digital camera, protection is just one of the elements you need to consider when buying a case. Owning a Compact System or DSLR camera often requires an army of accessories and your camera case needs to provide the necessary compartments and space to deal with any add-on devices you may own.
Whether it be an extra lens, batteries, memory cards or a mini-tripod, make sure you find a camera bag tailored to your needs. Think ahead, if you know you’ll eventually be buying another lens for your DSLR, find a case to match. If you’re going to be walking with your camera for long distances, it’s always a good idea to find a case that includes a shoulder strap for increased portability.
Memory cards offer an easy and reliable way to store your photographs. Although most digital cameras will provide a limited internal memory, a memory card remains a compulsory piece of kit for any photographer. It is also important to note that while most digital cameras will ship with a memory card, they will often be very low capacity and provide insufficient memory if you expect to take a decent number of photographs.
Memory cards come in all shapes and sizes so it’s first important to establish which cards are compatible with your particular camera. The next thing to consider is the amount of memory you think you’ll need. There’s nothing worse than running out of space to store your photographs when you’re out and about, so the best advice is to buy a memory card which provides more space than you actually need.
There isn’t a fixed rule for the number of photos you can store on a particular memory card as the size of each photograph is determined by a number of different factors, including image content and file type. The higher the megapixelage of your camera, the more memory each photograph will use. If you want a rough guide on how many pictures a memory card will be able to store, most camera manufacturer’s websites will publish tables detailing these figures.
Much like reaching capacity on a memory card, running out of battery can be an extremely frustrating experience for a photographer. A reserve power supply is therefore an essential accessory for your digital camera. Many cameras use a rechargeable lithium battery, and purchasing a spare is highly recommended. Be sure to find the battery compatible with your camera model; then keep it charged and stored in your camera case to avoid the disappointment of losing power at the crucial moment.
For models which run on AA batteries, a rechargeable battery kit always represents a sound investment. Digital cameras have a nasty habit of consuming AA batteries very quickly, which leads to the inevitable (and rather expensive) process of replacing them on a regular basis. A rechargeable battery kit provides the most cost-effective and efficient way to combat this problem.
It’s not always necessary to own professional equipment to produce professional results. A tripod is an excellent way to increase stability and reduce blur when taking your photographs. Without the natural tremor of a human hand, the sharpness of your digital images can be astounding.
There are of course a wide range of tripods, varying in size and quality. For beginners, a mini-tripod delivers instant results and provides a relatively inexpensive way to begin taking photography more seriously.
With such a wide range of digital camera accessories on the market, it has never been easier to begin maximising the potential of your digital camera. Whatever your budget, there’s a product on the market to enhance and further your journey into the world of digital photography.