Accessories can turn your pictures from frustration to fantastic
Every photographer has dreams of having all the photo necessaries to capture high-quality photos - the right camera, a tripod, studio lighting along with numerous of other gadgets. In addition we want everything to be available in the proper place and the right time frame. We want perfect circumstances for perfect images. But rarely does it happen that our wishes and our means coincide. Numerous issues can occur during our quest to capturing a great photo:
Accessories can turn your picture-taking experience from frustration to fantastic.
The correct accessory will enable you to get sharper photos, keep your gear dry, carry your equipment comfortably, control
or add light, and obtain more enjoyment from your photography
experiences. The items on the list below are considered accessories
The most popular camera accessories are extra memory, camera bags
and lens UV filters
Battery grips allow an
DSLR camera to hold multiple batteries to extend the
battery life of the camera, and adds a vertical grip with an extra
shutter release (and other controls), facilitating the shooting of
Cables & Connectors
Find digital camera cables and camera cords for every major
digital camera brand. Whether you need a USB cable to download pictures, an A/V cable to connect to a TV, or a FireWire cable to download movies, you'll find the digital camera cable you need.
If you can't find the correct USB cable to download pictures to your PC then you can use a Camera Memory Card Reader to download pictures from the memory card instead of from the camera.All Cabels & Cords
Brands: Flip Video, Kodak, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus, Sima,
Digital cameras suck up battery power, and as time has passed their size is getting smaller, and subsequently has created a constant need to develop batteries tiny enough to fit into a camera and yet have the
ability to supply power for a realistic time period
Camera Bags, Cases & Carrying Equipment
Camera bags protect and transport your camera and accessories. They come in many sizes, fabrics and styles, including over-the-shoulder and backpack designs. You might be tempted to make a purchase based simply on the way a bag looks, but check out
our links to expert reviews before making your final decision. We've rated camera bags on crucial features such as size, weight, compartments, durability and comfort.
Camera and lens bodies are pretty well sealed against dust and
moisture. So you don't really ever have to clean the exteriors of
your camera equipment. On the other hand, if you don't want the dirt
and crud that is on the camera body to work its way into your camera
bag and from there onto an optical surface, it is worth wiping off
the camera body with a soft cloth.
You can still find film for those
cameras. Browse for Polaroid Film, 120 film, 220 film, 35mm film,
400 film, slide film, Agfa Film, Fuji Film, Illford Film, Kodak
Film, and Lomography Film
save time and frustration in post-production - Eliminate uncertainty
and see the effect you want immediately, not hours or days later
Filters come in a number of vanities:
Neutral Density ND
Step Up Rings
Wratten # Filters
See Filters Article
(also called supplementary lenses
or Close-up filters) typically screw on the filter thread of the primary lens, and are manufactured and sold by suppliers of photographic filters. Some manufacturers refer to their close-up lenses as
diopters, after the unit of measurement of their optical power. screw into the filter mount on the front of
your camera lens. These lenses bring the focusing range of the
camera's lens closer to the camera.
CAMGRIP 80269 for Digital Cameras and Camcorders - Black The CamGrip was designed to bring ease to the use of digital cameras and camcorders. Once you begin to use the CamGrip you will find yourself taking photos faster, steadier, cleaner, and more often. The CamGrip has an ergonomic shape and feel with a soft "No Slip Grip" that will fit comfortably in all hands. Fits all digital cameras
Inserts into camera socket and holds camera steady
Duracore shaft to ensure strength stability and durability
Soft no slip grip
Environmentally safe. $7.98
Sunpak .5x Wide-Angle - Economy Wide Angle Work Around
Ok, so you want a wide angle lens to go along with your 18-55mm kit lens, but
you can't justify a $500 to $1200 price tag just to shoot an occasional wide
angle photo. This $49.95 lens is not the perfect solution, although it's better
than emptying your wallet for a lens your probably. won't use that often and the
pictures are not all that bad. If your using the Nikon 18-55 kit lens, it just
screws on to the 52mm filter threads.
Camera Lens Adaptors
While you can adapt many older manual-focus lenses for use with auto-focus cameras (especially the Canon EOS series, because of its short lens registration distance), you cannot easily adapt auto-focus lenses from one series such as the Minolta to the Canon. That is because the camera body cannot control the lens aperture. For example, if you mount a Nikon SLR 'G' series lens (which doesn't have an aperture dial) on a Canon EOS, you can only shoot the lens wide open. You can't stop down at all. You're better off selling off your auto-focus lenses and then buying the equivalent in the other series.
Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds Lens Adapters - Have an old lens you want to mount on your new Four Thirds System Camera? Now
you can adapt Leica, Olympus, Nikon, Panasonic, Voigtlander and Four Thirds
Lenses to Micro Four Thirds Cameras and Four Thirds Cameras
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Camera Memory & Media: Digital Camera Memory Cards To Remember
Unless you want your digital camera to go to sleep when the party's just getting started, traveling with an extra camera battery is a smart idea.
Find the best deals on batteries, chargers and A/C adapters. Compare prices and shop for digital camera accessories here.
There are many different Types of Camcorders Models that record on
miniature DVD discs, built-in hard drives, and memory cards have
become common in standard-def and high-def versions: MiniDV camcorders use a unique tape cassette,
DVD format that
offers benefits that tape cant match, Hard Drives
Camcorders that record onto tiny, built-in hard drives are even easier to use,
Flash Memory with digital formats using
Secure Digital (SD) or
Memory Stick memory cards,
Several manufacturers offer hybrid camcorders that combine a DVD or Blu-ray
drive and a hard drive or memory card in one unit.
A darkroom is a workspace, usually a separate area in a building or a vehicle, made dark to allow photographers to use light-sensitive materials to develop
film and photographic paper to make photographic prints.
Digital Photo Editors
Adobe Photoshop Elements is the consumer version of the Adobe Photoshop raster image editing product, sold at a fraction (roughly 1/6th) of the cost of the professional product. It contains most of the features of the professional version but with fewer and simpler options. The program allows users to create, edit, organize and share
images, all from the same product.
Digital Picture Frames Film
Browse for Polaroid Film, 120 film, 35mm film, 400 film, slide film, Afga Film, Fuji Film, Illford Film, Kodak
Film, and Lomography Film
Drones & Quadcopters
If you're one of the many people looking at a quadcopter, these are the best tested, plus what
you need to know to choose the perfect one. Even if you don't have a good reason to
justify acquiring one, you must agree that drones are so cool. And if you've ever
thought about buying a quadcopter, but you've been able to wait this
long, There's good news
- Extension tubes are designed to enable a lens to
focus closer than its normal set minimum focusing distance. Getting closer has the effect of magnifying your subject (making it appear larger in the
viewfinder and in your
pictures). They are exceptionally useful for
macro photography, enabling
you to convert almost any lens into a macro lens at a fraction of the cost while maintaining its original optical quality.
The extension tubes have no optics. They are mounted in between the camera body and lens to create more distance between the lens and
Clip-On/Hot Shoe LCD Monitor For DSLR Cameras
(Not since sliced bread have we seen such new innovation)
Now you do something about the small or missing monitor on your DSLR or HD Video camcorder. Today, Sony announced the CLM-V55 which might an answer to your prayers, a 5-inch hot show and/or clip-on LCD, which
LCD Screen Protectors
A liquid crystal display (LCD) screen protector is a thin film that is placed over
your camera LCD screen. The protector gives a shield from many things that could prove damaging or harmful to the delicate screens. They are available for any electronic device that uses an LCD screen, including everything from televisions to cameras.
Lens hoods are primarily designed to prevent unwanted stray light
from entering the lens, by extending and shading the end of the
lens. In addition, since the end of the lens is extended, you also
get the added benefit of some extra protection from accidental
Light boxes & Loupes
In photography, a lightbox has several applications. One is a container with several lightbulbs and a pane of frosted glass on the top. It is used by photography professionals viewing translucent films, such as slides. This device was originally used to sort photographic plates with ease. It is also used by visual artists for photo-referencing.
A light meter is a device used to measure the amount of light. In photography, a light meter is often used to determine the proper exposure for a photograph. Typically a light meter will include a computer, either digital or analogue, which allows the photographer to determine which
shutter speed and
f-number should be selected for an optimum exposure, given a certain lighting situation and
A flash is commonly used indoors as the main light source when there is not enough
ambient light for a desired shutter speed. A fill flash or fill-in flash is a low powered flash added to ambient light to illuminate a subject close to the camera while using an exposure long enough to capture background detail. Another technique is to point a flash upwards onto a reflective surface, which may be a white ceiling or a flash umbrella, which reflects light onto the subject; this is called
bounce flash. Bouncing creates a more natural light effect than direct flash without glare in the highlights and impenetrable shadows, but requires more flash power than a direct flash.
In computer graphics, graphics software or image editing software is a program or collection of programs that enable a person to manipulate visual images on a computer.
Photo Printers Photographic printing is the process of producing a final
image on paper for viewing, using chemically sensitized paper. The paper is exposed to a photographic negative, a positive transparency (or slide), or a digital image file projected using an enlarger or digital exposure unit such as a LightJet printer. Alternatively, the negative or transparency may be placed atop the paper and directly exposed, creating a contact print.
Ink Jet PaperPaper for Inkjet printers is created from high grade deinked or chemical pulps that features good dimensional stability, with no cockling or curling, strong surface strength, and smooth surface. Ample, even porosity is necessary to neutralize ink spreading. For average quality printing, copy paper that's uncoated will do, but higher paper grades call for coating. The traditional paper coatings are not commonly used as inkjet papers. On behalf of matte inkjet papers, it's typical to use a pigment of silica combined using polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH). Glossy papers for inkjets is created by resin coating, cast coating or multi-coating on a laminated paper.
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Printer Inks and TonersInk cartridges are normally more costly than consumers might hope, sometimes a substantial portion of the printer cost. To save on costs, many people use third party ink cartridges obtained from a someone other than the
original printer manufacturer. The high cartridge cost has also provided a counterfeiter market to create cartridges using a false claim of being created by the original company. Another alternative is modifications to an original cartridge providing for continuous ink systems using external ink
tanks to be used Others use aftermarket type inks, refilling their cartridges by using a kit which includes bulk ink.
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Photography Studio Finding the room in an already cramped home for a
photo studio can be hard. Where or who can you kick out to make room? Which nook will keep anyone else from
complaining about all the stuff? Then you have to deal with storage for all your studio items. The problems just keep compounding.
Photography Books & Tutorials
I have found a number of books good reading and excellent reference to photography. You can find the Ansel Adams Books at
The Public Library. if you only read one book, make it the Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography. There is no other single book that
covers more about how to make great outdoor photographs than this one.
Remote Control for Selected Cameras Wireless Remotes act as a wireless shutter release capable of instantly triggering the shutter without disturbing the camera.
Remote recommended for taking pictures of subjects that are difficult to approach, or to minimize vibration for close-ups and time exposure.
Right Angle Viewfinders
A right-angle viewfinder is an adapter that attaches to your camera's
viewfinder. It contains a prism or mirror to reflect what the camera sees ninety degrees and an eyepiece on the end so you can look into it rather than directly into the camera. They work somewhat along the lines of a periscope, allowing you to see around corners to view what otherwise would be impossible or impractical.
Rigs & Accessories The nano line of equipment is an extension to Redrocks rigs and accessories for HDSLR cameras, and is designed for low-cost entry-level, photojournalism/documentary, and discreet shooting applications. The nano rigs are manufactured to professional standards, and can be easily upgraded to more advanced rigs as needed. The nano line of products consists of seven new rigs Grippit, runningMan, LowDown, LowDown Deluxe, Stealth, Stealth Grip and Stealth V and five new accessories Nano baseplate, Nano focus+zoom lever, microHandle Plus (with integrated shoe mount), 2-inch 15mm carbon fiber rails, and 2-inch handlebar rod.
A film scanner is a device made for scanning photographic film directly into a computer without the use of any intermediate printmaking. They provide several benefits over using a flatbed scanner to scan in a print of any size — the photographer has direct control over cropping and aspect ratio from the original unmolested image on film, and many film scanners come with specialized software or hardware designed to remove scratches, film grain, and improve color reproduction from negatives.
Epson announces Perfection V33, V330 Photo scanners
- A teleconverter is defined as a second lens that is installed between the primary lens and the
camera. Its main function is to multiply the crucial portion of an image captured by the primary lens itself.
1.4X teleconverters are the most useful and and also offer less distortion.
2X teleconverters are the most popular and more powerful.
Tripod and Accessories Tripod Technical Article
Gimbal Type Heads
Tripod Bags & Cases
Mini & Table Top Tripods
Camera Mounting Plates
Tripod Quick Releases
Tripods create a stable shooting platform for cameras and camcorders. They can vary widely in terms of size, weight and price. Quality construction and durability are of paramount importance, especially if you'll be using your tripod frequently, so be sure to check out Consumer Guide's expert reviews before you buy.
If you are serious about
long telephoto shots or
low light and
night photography, a
quality tripod and an even better tripod head may represent your best
digital camera accessory. The importance of a good tripod can not be underestimated when you demand the ultimate
- Underwater imaging is considered an especially challenging area of photography, since it requires very specialized equipment and techniques to be successful. Despite these challenges, it offers the possibility of many exciting and rare photographic opportunities. Animals such as fish and marine mammals are the most common subjects, but photographers also pursue shipwrecks, submerged cave systems, underwater "landscapes", and portraits of fellow divers.
Wireless File Transmitters
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is announcing a step forward in the digital integration of professional photography workflows with the introduction of three new Wireless File Transmitter units to accompany each of the Company's three professional Digital SLR Camera models. The new WFT-E2 II A Wireless File Transmitter, WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter and WFT-E5A Wireless File Transmitter for the EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D, respectively, provide professional photographers with a range of innovative wireless connectivity options for all photographic disciplines.
Compact Digital Cameras
Links to Digital Camera Expert Reviews.
Buying a compact digital camera can be a challenging task. Our review links make it easy to compare features like megapixels and memory across a range of models. Not sure which type of camera is right for you? Start by reading the
Best Type of Digital Cameras to learn about the key elements to consider when buying a digital camera.