3 Must-Have Camera Accessories

We recently did a post about how to get the most of your DSLR camera by understanding how to control the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Once you know these basics, you are well on your way to creating beautiful images, but if you want to ‘up’ your game, there are a few camera accessories that will do the trick. Here are our top three:

Lenses

Brand new DSLR cameras will come with a basic lens, but there are so many more options that give you more control and offer different effects. A few options to choose from are macro lenses, where you can take amazing quality photographs very close up to an object, or special lenses specifically designed for shooting fast movement, like someone running a marathon. If you are purchasing a DSLR camera off of an online classifieds site like Gumtree, make sure you ask the seller what type of lens they are selling it with so that you know whether you need to invest in another.

Tri-Pods

If you are wanting to shoot under low light conditions, your images may come out quite blurry without the use of a tripod, even if you are using the correct aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. In order for enough light to get through to create a quality image in a dark environment, the camera must be completely still the entire time the shutter is open. This is difficult to do when you are holding the camera by hand, thus why your images may be coming out blurry. There are plenty of Tri-Pod options out there, so you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg, especially if you are just starting out.

Filters

We recommend purchasing a protection filter to cover all expensive lenses from scratches and debris. The better you take care of your lenses, the longer they will last. There are also filter options that affect the lighting in the resulting image. These are inexpensive and can add a unique style to your photography!

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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