Friday, June 13, 2008
Finding The Right Digital Camera Accessories
Tips For Selecting Digital Camera Bags, Filters
Other effects like warm or cool tones can be achieved with software, but again, it’s always best to begin with a quality digital image, otherwise, color-correcting and editing will be time-consuming. Tiffen, Hoya, Lee and Cokin Filters all offer an array of colors to completely change or enhance your pictures.
Almost all companies give you a choice of buying circular filters that you attach directly to your lens or a filter adapter. Adapters can be cost-effective because they enable you to use one filter for several different-sized lenses. The only extra cost with adapter sets is buying the correct-sized adapter rings.
Assess the amount of gear you have as well as what sort of bag will be the most comfortable and convenient to carry. Whether you choose a backpack, shoulder bag or rolling case, the latest camera bags are designed for a range of photography needs.
Camera bags should be able to store at least a camera, a couple of lenses, batteries, backup storage and some gadgets or miscellaneous accessories like filters and cleaning tools.
If all of this
too much to carry at once, you may want to limit your equipment and consider purchasing a bag that has modular attachments or possibly a day pack or hip bag. These smaller packs carry just a few items and eliminate excessive weight, which is helpful if you’re walking around all day. Bags and cases with plenty of pockets and padded dividers to separate your equipment help to keep items organized and clean. Some bags incorporate water-resistant covers to protect your gear from the elements.
A soft bag is much lighter to carry and easier to travel with than a hard case, yet a hard case is ideal if you’re putting your equipment in a situation where it will be knocked around, such as in the baggage compartment of an airplane.
Even if you’re stacking other luggage or equipment on top of one another, a hard case will provide the ultimate protection for your gear. Hard case designs now incorporate wheels, so you won’t be lugging around an incredibly heavy weight. Pelican Cases have a line of rolling cases that also are air- and water-tight.
Shooting digitally, a laptop may be on your list of gear. Manufacturers like Tenba, Lowepro and Tamrac make bags that can hold a camera, lenses and gadgets as well as your laptop and media storage. Different designs like backpacks, rolling cases or shoulder bags now are incorporating a laptop compartment, so you can carry your gear in comfort.
When purchasing a tripod, check to see how much weight it can hold. Not only must it hold your digital camera, but if you plan on using an add-on flash or heavy lenses, you should factor that in as well.
A steady tripod is a must when shooting in low-light conditions. Hand-holding your camera when shooting a slow shutter speed will result in a blurry image. Although sturdiness is essential, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to make that happen.
If you’re traveling and moving about, you’ll benefit from having a lightweight tripod. Having a lighter load will save your back and shoulders from the strain of a heavier piece and, in turn, keep up your energy to take more shots.
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