Accessories you might like to consider as a starter kit for any camera...
Tripod/gorilla pod - this keeps the camera steady at night or in low light situations, so you don't get blurry pics. No more hand-held blurry shots. It means you can do slow shutter photography, self-portraits, and get creative. Leave the camera on self-timer and see what you can get.
Reflectors - these either reflect light back into your subject or stop light from bouncing around on to your subject. You don't need to use expensive photo ones either - black card, car windscreen shields, white sheets, napkins, styrofoam.
Play around with direction and see what the light does to your subject.
White - reflects neutral light back into your subject
Gold - warm light reflected back into your subject
Silver - cool light reflected back into your subject
Black - stops light bouncing back into your subject
White box - surrounds the object to allow for softer light and a background/surrounds of uninterrupted white. Perfect for a reflective product, wine, etc.
Selfie Stick - I think we all know what this is and why people use it. I don't own one yet.
Lens hood - when photographing towards the sun, popping the hood on the front of the lens will help stop light rays hitting the glass and causing haze/flare/sun spots. These are sold with zoom lenses but can be replaced at a camera store if you have lost one. You can also hold bits of card over your camera to stop the light coming straight in on the lens.
Shutter release (or self-timer) - either wired or wireless. This lets you be in the photo, or put the camera somewhere where it's not accessible/safe for you to be. An example from one of my shoots... I put the camera in a wood oven pizza and took photos of someone sliding the pizza in. No way could I fit into the oven, and I didn't want my arm to be showing on the side of the frame as I stretched for the shutter button.
Filters for Lenses
UV is a safety net. It does nothing for your photos but protects the glass of your lens if you drop your lens/camera. I have dropped my lens, shattered the filter, but the filter saved the lens. I'd much prefer to replace a $50-100 filter than a $3000 lens.
Polariser - eliminates reflections from shiny surfaces and glass. Try it out when photographing a shop front. It also intensifies and darkens your blues in skies and manages glare on the water.
ND (neutral density) - effectively stops some light from entering the lens so you can use a slower shutter speed. The tool for getting movement into a photo - like blurring waterfalls or making people blur as they move through an image. Or, you can keep your shutter speed and change your aperture (the amount that's in focus) to blur more objects in your frame. Selective focus.
Work out what camera you need (majority of time) for what you want to photograph. Let me know what you have chosen and why on Facebook. Tell us what sort of photos you plan to take with it.
While you are in Facebook, let us know what you photograph and why. Let's see where and what everyone is doing.
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