If you've recently got yourself a new camera, you may be at a loose end as to what accessories you'll need to buy for it. Here, we've rounded up some essentials that you probably won't want to be without.
- To keep your new camera safe while out shooting, and to give it somethere to live when it's not being used, it's always a good idea to invest in a bag. This way, your camera won't be as susceptible to dust indoors, and the elements when travelling outdoors. There are many different bags, and depending on the size of your camera and what kind of bag you need, our guide to camera bags
Spare Batteries, Rechargeable AA Batteries -
It's always a good idea to get your hands on a spare battery, so that if you're out on the road and your camera dies, you can carry on shooting. If your camera takes AA batteries, consider using rechargable ones to keep your costs down.
- A lens cloth is a necessity, as the smallest flecks of dust or dirt on your lens can potentially ruin a photo. Keeping one of these to hand will enable you to quickly rectify the problem.
– If you're planning on doing any landscape, macro or slow shutter speed photography, then a tripod is a must to ensure that your images are straight and blur-free. A tripod will provide a stable base for your camera and it's well worth investing in one.
Screen Protector -
These are a good idea, as if you do happen to scratch your screen with one of these on, it can be cheaply and easily replaced, whereas if you don't have one, you'll have to pay out for a new screen if you scratch it. They're cheap and well worth buying.
– Before you even take your photos, you'll need to buy a memory card to store all your precious photos on. Make sure you check what type of card your camera uses before you buy, and go for one with a lot of memory, say 32GB or 64GB, if you're going to be taking high resolution images.
Memory Card Reader
- To get your photos from the card onto the computer, you'll need a memory card reader. Some computers have SD card slots built in, but if you're using a different format, it's probably worth investing in a multi card reader, then you're covered for most types of card.
– A camera strap is a great idea to help prevent the risk of dropping your camera and damaging it. You can currently get a luxury ePHOTOzine camera strap for just £5 on the ePHOTOzine special offers page
- If you're unsure how to use your camera to its full capabilities, a guide book that's more detailed than your manual will be invaluable. There are many titles out there for most big name cameras, so have a look round and find one that suits your needs most.
- Sometimes, it helps to be physically shown how to perform certain actions with your camera. This is where DVD guides can come in, These are also readily available for most cameras.
If you've got a DSLR, then filters will make a great addition to your collection, and enable you to capture landscape images with a more balanced exposure. Take a look at ePHOTOzine's Filter Guide
for more advice.
Image Management Software -
There are many of these on the market, and they make it a lot easier to deal with your images once you've taken them. Some, such as Photoshop, are quite expensive, but in return give you loads of great features. There are also free ones, like GIMP, which will get the job done for you.
- If you want to be able to print your images off in the comfort of your own home, then you could consider investing in a printer. You can pick photographic quality printers up relatively cheaply these days, and it means that you won't have to make a special trip out just to get prints. Take a look at our printer reviews
if you're in the market for a new printer.