Essential Camera Equipment

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For a photographer, your camera bag (and its elements) is the heart of everything you do. Your lenses and cameras are your primary tools of trade. Note, both were stated in plural because similar to how you wouldn’t out of a plane without an auxiliary parachute, we wouldn’t advocate you shoot an emotionally charge even with only one camera. The same case applies to lenses as well. The numerous facets that make shooting weddings –portraits, dimly lit environs, bright outdoor settings and crowded quarters – can push the practical and creative limitations of the most accomplished photographers. Lenses and cameras aside, there are a couple more items that a photographer should own that may be the difference between fabulous photo-shoots and normal ones.

1. Tripods Legs

A critical element in a cameraman’s arsenal, are firm but light-weight carbon-made tripods. When taking photos, the tripod provides a way of ensuring holding the camera is at an exact angle and is completely motionless, thereby resulting images being of pin-sharp quality and full of detail. Avoiding purchase of second-rate tripod legs is essential since they tend to tremble anytime you touch it or the camera, therefore going for the more sturdy ones despite the fact they may be heavy carrying around for some people.

2. Tripod Head

A tripod provides a means of holding your camera at your desired angle by keeping it still to guarantee pin-sharp images. Don’t opt for a cheap, rickety tripod. Choose something sturdy that wouldn’t wobble in a breeze.Look a tripod which extends near eye-level, yet enables you to take pictures very close to the ground also.

3. Remote Shutter Release

A remote shutter release enables you to take a picture without having to lay a hand on the camera. Mostly used together with the tripod, the remote shutter release eliminates vibrations. The two types of remote shutter release include the wireless release and wired release, but any of the two works well. However, supposing that you intend to take shots from a distance, the wireless release works best as it allows the camera-person to operate from a distance thereby eliminating chances of shaking.

4. Additional Lenses

Progression in photography requires adding plenty of diverse lens types to enable you to take different kinds of shots. Usually, cameras come with the standard zoom lens covering a focal length of about 18-55mm for the APS-C format camera, 24-105mm for the full-frame model and 14-42mm for the Micro Four Thirds.

5. Spare Batteries

Having your, batteries run out of charge while shooting leads a photo-shoot to a halt. Therefore, we recommend having extra batteries. Good battery brands include the Canon BP511A for a 40D and Nikon EN-EL3e for a D700.

6. Camera Bag

Essential in safeguarding the camera and its accessories and easing their transportation, the importance of the camera bag can’t be stressed enough. The photographer gets to choose the bag design that suits him or her best. Shoulder camera bags efficient in case of speedy access whereas photo backpacks are excellent if luggage is heavy while covering long distances or bumpy terrain.

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