So you’ve finally made the leap into the DSLR realm and are ready to get down to business. SLRs, especially digital, are packed to the brim with options – it’s one of the things that probably attracted you to it in the first place.
With all of the knobs, levers and buttons on your camera, it can seem like the whole world is in your hands. But what if I were to tell you that there are even more options out there in the form of accessories for that shiny new toy of yours? Is your mind blown yet? Don’t fear. Here’s an easy-to-use list of 5 DSLR accessories that you’ll never be able to live without once you try.
- Camera Bag – I know this one sounds simple, but you’d be amazed at how many people try to carefully carry around their SLR on a strap thrown over their shoulder. You probably spent a good chunk of money on that thing you’re so casually holding, so invest in something to protect it. You can shop the big online retailers for bags that will fit your needs, and with a little persistence you can always find something within your price range.
- Polarizer Filter – Your camera may have come with a couple of optional filters upon purchase but if a polarizer filter isn’t one of them, put it at the top of your list. A polarizer reduces glares and reflections off of reflective surfaces, making it easier to shoot through glass or water without a blinding light showing up on your screen. It also helps to saturate the color of your photos, creating some amazing images when done right.
- Low-Light Lenses – Depending on what you plan to be using your SLR for, a lens that is low-light capable can make a world of difference. Indoor events can make some very blurry photographs, but that isn’t the case if you have the right tools. Canon and Nikon both make relatively low-cost lenses that are perfect for these situations and you’ll quickly realize what an asset these lenses are.
- Battery Charger / Rechargeable Batteries – Everyone has been in that situation where you’re at a special event and realize that your camera has gone dead after sitting on the shelf for three months. Buy a spare battery if your camera didn’t come with one and make a habit of switching out the batteries after every big event so that they’re fully charged. This way you’re sure to never miss a moment.
- External Hard Drive – If you have children that you’ll be taking photos of, this is your biggest essential. There’s no point in taking a million photos and then putting them on your ten-year-old computer only to have it crash a week later. Keep your memories safe on an external hard drive and keep your computer running fast as well.
After a couple of uses of your new SLR, you’ll probably get a better feel for what your new camera could use. A tripod might be a nice addition, or perhaps a neckstrap if you find your neck cramping up. But you can’t go wrong with an item from this list, so make sure you prioritize accordingly.