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Once I had my first SLR, lens and Speedlight at the age of 13, I needed (wanted) more. The next things I turned to were all the wonderful accessories I could get for my existing gear. I remember even being excited at buying one of those cheap rubber lens hoods that was meant to shield the lens from the sun. Great stuff!

Then came things like:

  • The old wire-style cable release that screwed into the top of the shutter release
  • A new and funky camera strap (that I got signed by a cool girl rock band in the 1980’s Rock Goddess)
  • Cokin filters
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    Printing paper
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    Chemicals and stuff for my darkroom and all manner of goodies

I loved it!

Buying accessories for your DSLR can be almost as exciting as buying the camera itself. Any accessory always brings with it the possibility that it may just improve your photography. It never really did in my case, that took hard work but those accessories certainly came in handy as well as being fun.

Take a look at what gear you own now and then think about how any attachments may compliment it. Maybe an extra tripod base for your second camera body so you can switch easily when using a tripod. Maybe a diffuser for your speedlight to add that touch of softness to your flash photography?

Once you get the basics down and your photography has moved on, maybe think of more high tech gear. One of my favourite camera "gadgets" is the amazing Rhino Evo Slider. This allows me to do some really cool stuff such as:

  • Automated video camera moves
  • Moving time lapses
  • Cool camera slides for video

You can see some example in the following video​:

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A quick way to improve your photography is through the use of filters. However, if you want my advice, never buy cheap filters. Why buy an expensive lens with quality glass only to ruin it with cheap glass?

It is easy to go mad a buy a ton of filters but work out what you need first. The main filters I use almost all the time are:

  • ND Filter
  • Polariser Filter
  • Graduated Filter

Most people get talked into buying a skylight or UV filter. Normally with some spiel such as "it will protect your lens". I use my lens hood for that and I like "naked" lenses for best quality when I am not doing anything special.

ND Filter

All this does is block light coming through your lens and you can get varying strengths. Why do this? Well, if you want a slower shutter speed in the daytime for a milky, blurry waterfall still image for example, you need low light. I massively recommend the Breakthrough range of ND filters. They are "quality" glass and give the best colour rendition in any scene.

Check your filter thread size and grab one! The stronger the filter, the longer the exposure.

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An ND filter and slow shutter is also great for video work in bright sunlight. You generally want a slow-ish shutter speed of 50th-60th second so an ND helps enormously. Too fast a shutter speed with video will look "stuttery" and unnatural. Slow speeds make the footage buttery smooth.

Polarizer Filter

The main purposes of a polarizer filter is to eliminate reflections and increase colour saturation. For example, if you are shooting a beautiful, Caribbean beach scene, you want bold colours and clear seas. A polariser filter will do this with a simple twist of the outer ring...perfect! Again, go for quality when buying a decent polarizing filter.

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Graduated Filter

The graduated filter works in a similar way to the ND filter in that it blocks light. However, as the name suggests, it does this gradually. For example, if you have a bright sky and dark, foreground landscape, a grey grad filter (varying strengths) will allow you to darken just part of the image. The sky in this case to level out the exposure.

A graduated tobacco filter from Cokin on the other hand will add a warm, sunset style colour gradation to your image.

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