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Top 10 Best Photography Camera Accessories

Top 10 Best Photography Camera Accessories - We list our ten photography accessories we think photographers shouldn't be without.

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As well as a camera, here are 10 other essential pieces of photography equipment that you should own:

1. Spare battery / batteries


If you get to the top of a mountain, switch on your camera and find your battery's dead you'll be extremely annoyed so one, make sure the battery is charged before you leave and two, always carry a spare(s). This is even more important for compact camera users whose camera uses AA batteries.

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2. Memory cards


You can buy cards which have several gigabytes of memory now but don't be tempted to just buy one huge card and head off on your holiday with it as cards can fail, be lost or stolen. Instead, purchase several smaller-sized cards and make sure you carry at least a couple of them with you when you head out to take some shots. You can find the fastest memory cards in our Top 10 Best SD Memory Cards, Top 10 Best MicroSD Memory Cards, Top 10 Best CompactFlash Cards, or find more information in our Complete Guide to Memory Cards.

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3. Camera bag


To keep your equipment safe, you need a camera bag. Something lightweight, compact and waterproof will keep your equipment dry and it means you won't break your back lugging unnecessary weight. There are various models on the market to suit both the compact and DSLR user. Plenty of storage space is a must and if you use a tripod, you'd find a tripod holder a very useful feature when you're walking up a mountain path. Take a look at our bag reviews if you're in the market for a new camera bag, or have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

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4. Support


A tripod is something DSLR users shouldn't be without. They'll keep your camera still and slow you down so you think more about composition. If you're taking photos where space is a premium or will be on the move quite a bit you'll probably find a monopod more useful. For compact users or for people who use the phones as cameras, take a look at the Gorillapod range. The legs are flexible so can be wrapped around tree branches, railings etc. There's even a model designed to hold DSLRs if you're heading off on your travels and don't have the space to pack a large tripod. There's also travel tripods which are designed to not take too much space up in your luggage. Have a look at our guide to some of the best Tripods available.

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5. Lens cloth


The smallest of marks, scratches or dust spots can affect your image so having a lens cloth in your camera bag is a must. Most come with pouches so make sure you use it to keep it clean and don't use the cloth to clean anything else. If you're out photographing waves or waterfalls where your equipment can be splashed, make sure you regularly wipe your lens to stop any moisture getting into it and to stop water droplets decorating your final image.

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6. Air blower


Dust can get into your camera which can create dark patches on your photos and even though most cameras now feature anti-dust features, you'll still occasionally need to remove the dust manually. One of the easiest and most effective ways is with an air-blower. You just squeeze the bulb which forces a jet of air out of the nozzle to blow any dust away. It's also handy for getting dust/sand out of other photographic equipment as well as keyboards, and they don't cost much at all.

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7. Filters


Filters are particularly useful for landscape photographers but every photographer who owns a DSLR should consider purchasing at least a UV filter as they can act as a permanent lens protector. After all, it's cheaper to replace a filter than a lens that's got scratched. Other filters to consider are:

  • Polarising filters – Make the sky bluer and the grass greener. They also help cut down glare from glass or water.
  • ND filter – Help reduce the brightness of a shot without changing the colours of it. You'll be able to use larger apertures in brighter conditions.
  • Graduated ND filter - Reduces the brightness difference between the sky and ground or vice versa if needs be.

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8. External / Portable hard drive


Having one copy of your images on your computer isn't a good idea as, like any technology, computers can fail and if it can't be brought back to life you could lose your images forever. Instead, buy a portable USB hard drive and regularly backup your photo collection on it. They come in various sizes and some are shock resistant so you could take one on your travels and back your photos up if you're going to be away for a long period of time. They are much cheaper than they used to be.

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9. Multi Card Reader


A multi-card reader makes the job of transferring images to your computer a lot easier and by purchasing a multi-card reader, you won't have to buy a new one if you change to a camera that uses a different type of memory. The latest card readers now support USB3 and the latest memory cards, making image transfer quicker as well.

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10. Account to share your photos


What's the point in taking your photographs if you're not going to share them? A site such as ePHOTOzine will give you a portfolio where you can share your images with others and ask for feedback on what you take. If you're a professional looking to create your own website to showcase your images on, take a look at foliopic. The template system means you'll be able to create a stylish website with ease.

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