10 ESSENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO HAVE

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As a photographer, beginner, or professional, you should always know that photography is an expensive profession. You might have heard it most of the time that you don’t need to buy fancy photography equipment to become a successful photographer which is more or less correct, but having the additional equipment would definitely make the jobs easier and the images look better.

Whether you plan to shoot indoors or outdoors, you would need to have a list of equipment in your bag. Oh, and yes, you would need a photography bag to keep this list of equipment.

There are many photography equipments necessary, but the followings are the most essential pieces of equipment-

  • EXTRA MEMORY CARDS
  • TRIPOD
  • CAMERA BAG
  • EXTRA CAMERA BATTERIES
  • A BACKUP- HARD DRIVE
  • LENS AND SENSOR CLEANER
  • FLASH
  • CAMERA STRAP
  • PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE
  • POLARIZING FILTER

1. EXTRA MEMORY CARDS 

You cannot go very far without a memory card in the camera and one on hold. Always invest in a good storage memory card. You will never want to have a failed project because of a bad memory card. If you are a beginner in the field, don’t think of investing in cheap memory cards and saving a few bucks. Make smart investments even if it requires an additional cost. Always buy a well- known brand card like Sandisk and Lexar.

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Do consider the writing speed of the card as well. There are cards that write up your data at 4MB/ Second to your card while some are excellent like SanDisk Ultra 16GB Class 10 which gives a speed of 80MB/ second, definitely a better choice. For some better professional work, you can consider buying Extreme Pro SanDisk SD cards and Compact Flashcards. Reliability is another factor that needs to be considered in a memory card. Invest in the brands which provide good reliability like Sandisk offers recovery software with their pro-level cards. Therefore, Memory cards are another essential Photography Equipment.

3. TRIPOD

A perfect leg of tripod legs is an essential part of every camera setup. For some professional clicks, a tripod is very necessary. Tripods are very important to have smooth footage, mainly used for Cinematographs. Make sure the legs of the tripod are strong enough to hold the weight.

Tripods can be irritating to carry around but very important to help take your photography to the next level. They help to stabilize the camera, empower you to utilize slower shutter speed which thus implies you can pick a wider range of aperture – which opens up a wide range of interesting and imaginative prospects.

However, the tripod is extremely distant from a one-size-fits-all-photographic accessory. What’s more, despite the fact that they all appear to be identical—three legs, a part where the camera appends, and so on. There are numerous brands, styles, and varieties. Some differences can be based on an individual’s preference like color; others are more reason-driven.

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Almost all the parts of a tripod can be separated and broken down into basic components. In the diagram below, we have categorized the different parts of the tripod.

Some recommended popular full-sized tripods are listed, from highest price to lowest price, below-

  1. Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fibre Tripod and BH-55 Ball Head
  2. Gitzo GT2532 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fibre Tripod and GH1382QD Series 1 Centre Ball Head
  3. Induro CLT203 Classic Series 2 Stealth Carbon Fibre Tripod and BHD2 Ball Head
  4. 3 Legged Thing Equinox Leo Carbon Fibre Tripod with Airhead 360 Ball Head
  5. Oben AC-1351 3-Section Aluminium Tripod with BA-113 Ball Head

3. CAMERA BAG

Now that you have collected all the necessary equipment, you would need to have a bag to keep them safe and organized. Buy a bag that makes carrying your photography equipment simple. Purchasing a customizable, padded insert for a bag or backpack you already own, right on up to huge, waterproof, virtually indestructible cases with wheels.

Consider purchasing the bag which can hold the Tripod. The kind of bag you choose depends a lot on your purpose, lifestyle, and what kind of photography you would be doing.

If you stroll around a lot with your camera and want easy access, go for a sling bag. These let the bag slide around to your side so that you can access your camera without taking the bag off your back again and again.

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4. EXTRA CAMERA BATTERIES 

When you buy a camera, it comes with one battery. When you shoot for a long period of time, continuous bursts really drain your batteries. Additional batteries are the must-have camera accessories, particularly for the individuals who capture landscape photography.

You will have to decide how many extra batteries you would need, based on your projects and purpose. But a photographer must always have at least one fully charged backup battery in their bag, just in case. Therefore, an extra camera is essential Photography Equipment.

Let’s be clear, these batteries are not cheap. Invest in a good battery that fulfills your requirement. There is a big difference in battery consumption of all the DSLRs. Buy the battery from a well-known brand that has a good warranty period. Some of the highly recommended camera battery brands are Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Hahnel.

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5. A BACKUP- HARD DRIVE

This is an important step to be a professional photographer i.e. to PLAN. Nobody wants to lose their hard work. Always make sure that you transfer the important photos and videos on your computer and make a copy into an external hard drive at the same time.

Once you become a professional photographer, you cannot take a chance of risking your data being lost. While preparing the backup, make sure you copy it in two places (Say in two hard drives, or, one in the computer and one in the hard drive) – in case, one gets destroyed or infallible.

You can prepare the backup in the cloud. There are many cloud photo storage services available. It may take a long time to get large photo libraries uploaded, so the sooner you start, the better.

Another reason why creating a backup is necessary is because your camera has got a life cycle and it’ can terminate without a signal. You should be wary of losing your data through this form of failure.

Some of the best hard drives for the camera are-

  1. WD My Passport
  2. G-Technology ArmorATD All-Terrain Drive
  3. Samsung Portable SSD T5
  4. SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD
  5. WD My Passport SSD
  6. Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro and many more.

Dig into their specifications deeply and invest in the hard drive best suitable for you.

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6. LENS AND SENSOR CLEANER

When it comes to DSLR cameras, cleanliness is next to sharpness. Dirty optics on your lens and sensor can and will affect your image quality. There are many lens cleaners available in the market but the most popularly used is MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths. When it comes to sensor cleaning, I recommend you avoid doing it on your own and leave it to a professional. Don’t risk anything as it is a delicate part of your camera. You don’t need to clean your camera sensor very often, but it needs to be clean once in a while.

Always remember not to clean your lens unnecessarily. Oily fingerprints and smudges on the rear components of the lens will have the most sensational effect on picture quality, as a result of how the light is centered narrowly through the back of the lens.  

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Follow the given steps to clean your lens effectively-

Eliminate as much dirt and dust as possible from the lens with a blower or soft-bristled brush.  After that, apply a few drops of lens cleaning solution to a lens tissue or cleaning cloth. Then, gently remove the oil, fingerprints, and all the dirt from the lens surface, working from the center outward, in a circular motion.

7. FLASH

Flash is not only used in dark shoots, instead, but it can also be used on bright days. DSLRs have the in-built flash in their body. Professional photographers, generally, do not use them. They invest some bucks and purchase an external flash unit. Other than simply lighting up a photograph, a flash can add contrast to a picture, fill in dim shadows, and add sparkle to a portrait subject’s eyes.

Most beginners believe that flash stands very little use in a camera, but it is not true. External flashes are extremely useful as they can make a photo look professional. If you do it appropriately, it will look as though the flash wasn’t even put, giving you a really natural look.

At the point when you purchase the flash, however, purchase a flash diffuser or a bounce card. Blended in with flash compensation and manual flash mode, a diffuser or bounce card will help calm the shadows and utilize a flash more subtle.

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8. CAMERA STRAP

Every camera comes up with a strap but that strap is very irritating for your neck.

Camera straps are very important when you are a travel photographer. Consider buying a more comfortable strap that has some extra padding and stretch and can be a little wider. They sit more comfortably around your neck and can ease the pressure when carrying a heavier camera.

Relax your neck and go for a sling-style strap. The slang strap is very comfortable and changes length with one hand in seconds. It effectively hangs behind you and permits you to have free hands when you aren’t shooting. The camera effectively slides up and down the strap when you have to utilize it.

Straps are very necessary for your camera’s balance and stability. Camera straps allow you to work for long hours. Straps also help you to be hand-free. No photographer wants their camera to struggle with dust and scratches by making it sit on the dirty terrains. It can distribute the heavyweight of high-end cameras over the shoulders, chest, and back.

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9. PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

Let me tell you, the pictures you admire online, aren’t the raw clicks. Yes, you read it right; it’s true that the gorgeous photos didn’t come straight out of the camera looking that way. Editing your pictures will permit you to address minor exposure errors, ideal the hues in your picture, fix a crooked horizon, and more.

In all actuality, the .jpeg files you produce with your mobile phone or simple to use the camera have settings like contrast, sharpening, and saturation added to them and an entire bundle of data has been discarded.

Two of the most popular editing software options are Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Lightroom will arrange and complete a few kinds of photography edits. Photoshop is used for more elaborate editing tasks. You can get both with a $10 a month subscription.

There are many tools and features available in these applications. Not all the tools are suitable for every raw file. The photographer needs to use these editing features by balancing the neutrality of the image. There are courses available, online and offline, to learn such editing skills.

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10. POLARIZING FILTER

Filters can present imaginative impacts that are as yet significant in the digital age. Shaded filters and delicate focus filters are presently simple to make with a photo editor. In any case, a few filters can’t be replicated with software.

A polarizer will permit you to improve or decrease reflections. This filter can likewise cause the sky to seem bluer and foliage greener. The extremely useful optical filters that are used popularly are circular polarizers and neutral density filters.

Personally, I favor filter frameworks with a filter holder, lens adapters, and the different filters to fit them. A favorable position of a filter framework is that you just need to get one filter that can be adjusted to fit on the entirety of your lenses, and you can position the filters exactly as needed.  

We recommend you buying ‘Hoya 72mm DMC PRO1 Digital Circular Polarizer Glass Filter’.

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These are a few photography equipment, though there are many more these are the most basic and popularly used equipment.

CONCLUSION

Better pieces of equipment won’t make you a superior photographer. Try not to purchase these things just because you are bored clicking and you think these will help. The main answer for that is to learn, Study, and work on taking photographs. In any case, the equipment can definitely make photography progressively fun, and there’s definitely value in that.

As for an amateur, all the accessories on this list will most likely assist you with bettering your photography abilities. However, attempt yourself with only a camera and a kit lens. Go slow and have patience, discover your strengths and weaknesses, and work on them. As your essential information develops so can your pieces of equipment.

If you are new to photography, master it by attending various live online workshops regularly by us on our Events Website. Also, head to our Blog for more such tips and tricks about photography. You can subscribe to our digital magazine through Magzter or Issuu to delve into more organized and well-furnished photography content. And if you think you have learned a lot and you want to give it a check, then, proceed to our Contests content, participate there and win astounding prizes.

About the Author


Geetika Mittal
is a Mass communication Graduate in Event Management after which she has worked in an Event company for a year before quitting the job to follow her passion for writing to become a full-time writer.
Instagram: @geetika_02_03.

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