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Photographic Equipment

Not counting the camera, there are a number of other items that are almost essential to a budding photographer, depending on the type of photography they are intending to pursue.

A good tripod is essentialFirst off a Tripod is essential for those night shots, slow shutterspeed landscapes. Use a monopod (the one legged device you see photographers at sports events using) for sports or long lens photography.

A separate flash unit is very useful as well. Some SLRs come with built-in flash, but this is best avoided if possible as the range is never very good and can lead to the flat, red-eyed type images. The head of the flashgun must be able to swivel (in order to bounce flash off the ceiling etc) and can be useful for providing fill-flash in daylight or dull outdoor scenes. (see Flash Photography).

Lenses are another important commodity and the range and different types available can make your head spin. A short zoom (18-55mm), a wide angle, either zoom or fixed focal length and a long zoom in the region of 200mm are a good combination to have. For more on this see What Lens?

Digital pictures can be extremely large in data size. If your camera has a removable data storage card, it might be worth considering a 2nd card to have with you. There’s nothing worse than filling the last picture on the card and then seeing the shot of the day as you walk back to the car and have nowhere to put it. Of course with digital cameras you can instantly review shots taken and delete the ones deemed not worthy. But if you’re like me, I can’t bring myself to delete a shot until I get home and see it on a computer screen.

And the ultimate piece of equipment to have is a good gadget bag to store all that wonderful equipment and keep it dry and safe from all sorts of mishaps. Don’t make it too big – remember you will have to carry it!


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