7 Essential Items Every Newbie Photographer Should Own
Of all the Hobbies I have ever picked up, Photography has got to be one of the most expensive.
A huge chunk of my wages goes on Photography equipment every month, and all I use it for is to take Photo’s of my Cats and my other hobbies… like my Iron Man Pop Vinyl obsession. Oh, and Photographing my books!!!
There are ways to reduce your spending on Photography gear, by buying cheaper alternatives, and sometimes, the cheaper alternatives often turn out being better than the ones most Photography guru’s tell you that you SHOULD buy.
So it’s safe to assume you already have a DSLR, but if not, there are plenty of articles out there advising you on the ones that are right for you… this post isn’t one of them, so let’s get started.
You need a Tripod. That’s all there is to it, really.
The stability you get from using a Tripod usually makes ALL of the difference; it comes in very handy for night sky photography and even sometimes, selfie shots.
Now here comes the confusing bit, the market is swamped with Tripods that will promise you all sorts of different things, but when you get down to it, they’re all there for the same thing… Stability! And they mostly do as good a job as each other, so there’s no need to fork out on a £100 Tripod when there’s one on Amazon for a tenner!
Essentially, tripods are extremely useful for low light settings, as the stability of the tripod allows you to take longer-exposure shots without any blur. And that’s all there is to it!
Remote Shutter Release
A remote shutter release is important in two ways: it lets you “take a shot” without physically touching the camera body, which also eliminates any potential for shaking and vibration. It’s most often used in conjunction with a tripod.
There are two kinds of remote shutter releases — wired and wireless — but it doesn’t really matter which one you get. More advanced remotes will have extra features like half-press support, built-in timers, and LCD screens. The best one I’ve found is this one by Photoolex.
50mm Prime Lens
As you progress in your photography skills, you’ll more than likely end up with a lot of different lens types that enable you to take lots of different shots. But there’s only one lens that every Photographer Newbie needs, and that’s the 50mm Prime Lens.
Why a 50mm Prime?
Not only does a 50mm Prime best replicate how humans see the world with their own eyes, but the inability yo zoom can teach you a LOT about proper composition techniques.
Also, a little side bonus, no lens is cheaper than a 50mm Prime!
External Flash (Speedlight)
Every photographer is going to need flash at some point, even if you never take shots in the dark. Yes, there are many reasons to use flash even when you have a lot of ambient light!
But don’t use the built-in flash on your camera body. It’s frankly, a load of rubbish. Instead, spend a little bit of money on an external flash unit (speed light, flash gun)
Neewer have an AMAZING range of flash guns, for an extremely affordable price! I have used both a Neewer flash fun and the official Nikon one, and I have to say, the Neewer gun is the one I go back to time and time again… get yours here!
Ok, this one seems tad obvious, but never underestimate how much space your photos are going to take up once you really get going, especially if you’re going to be shooting in RAW.
Always having memory cards handy, and plenty of them is one of the biggest mistakes we all make.
Also, you should also consider getting a Water-Resistant SD Card Holder Case to keep your memory cards safe, both for storage and for travel.
If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t use the strap that came with your camera, at least not properly. My main struggle with my Nikon strap is that it’s uncomfortable to wear around my neck, especially when I’m lugging around big lenses and my flash.
Maybe yours is too weak, too ugly, too uncomfortable, and that’s why you should invest in a better one. The Black Rapid Cross Shot Camera strap is strong, durable and adjustable, and a great strap for it’s purpose. It can be found here.
It is a bit pricey, though, so if you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, this is a great alternative and has a very comfortable strap.
The last essential item that photographers should have is a high-quality bag. After all, once you’ve bought all of the aforementioned items, it’s going to be a pain in the butt trying to carry it all without a properly designed bag for the job.
If there’s one thing you learn from this post, let it be this: camera gear is only useful when you have it on you when you want to take photos! What good is a camera if it’s too heavy to take with you? No camera, no photos. Agh.
This camera bag is great if you’re just starting out and don’t know what to buy… I know a lot of people who have them and they never have a bad word to say about it at all.
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