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Camera Accessories: Top 5 Essentials

Author : Rick Valence

Whether you're taking a family portrait, pursuing storm photography, taking stealthy shots of animals in the wild, or you're simply shooting an event for your local newspaper, any seasoned photographer can tell you that accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. However, by keeping these top five essential accessories within easy reach, you'll be able to prevent a lot of these accidents from happening.

1. Batteries and Memory Cards: Regardless of the type of photography you specialize in, it never hurts to be prepared. This is why a good photographer carries extras of everything he or she needs, if possible. After all, you never know when your memory card will inexplicably be corrupt or your batteries will suddenly die. Fortunately, these supplies are fairly portable. You can even purchase small booklets for carrying memory cards in, keeping them safe from static and dust. If batteries are too easy to lose, a cordless charger can do wonders for keeping your camera powered in a pinch. If you're taking indoor shots, an AC adapter is also great for keeping your camera powered if everything else has failed.

2. A Quality Tripod: There are a variety of situations in which absolute stillness is required. In such instances, a tripod allows you to keep the camera steady while still allowing you to make minute adjustments and fine tuning. Ideally, your tripod should be durable and portable as well. Quality products are typically crafted from carbon fiber.

3. Protective Casing: Any experienced photographer will realize why this is one of the most important top five essential accessories. Ideally, you should be equipped with protective casing not only for your camera, but for your lenses and flash cases as well, if applicable. These are perfect for keeping your camera and accessories protected from scratches, dings, and cracks. To keep your supplies nicely organized, a camera bag is perfect for keeping everything in one place while providing an extra protective layer.

4. A Neck Strap: Anyone who has had to spend a long day with a heavy camera slung around their neck knows the importance of a quality padded neck strap. In addition to making you more comfortable, a nicely cushioned neck strap also absorbs movement, making it easier for you to stay on your feet for longer. This is crucial for all photographers, especially those who are pursuing a moving subject.

5. A Cleaning Kit: A cleaning kit is absolutely crucial for keeping your lenses, shutters, and LCD in good working order. These kits typically contain soft cloths, air wands, small brushes, and specialized solutions for keeping your cameras free of dirt, grime, and dust. Not only will keeping a cleaning kit help you keep your camera working for longer--it will also prevent your camera from breaking down when you need it the most. This is especially necessary if you specialize in outdoor photography.

Your camera is just the foundation for your wonderful memory-capturing experience. Make sure to take these accessories with you when you shoot, and you are ensured to have a far easier time, while taking better pictures.

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Ricky Valence has worked as a digital camera repair tech at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler, Arizona for several years now. Along with playing the guitar and drums, Rick likes to write in the company blog about his camera repair experience.

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