By Daniel Dupont
February 20 2020
No matter your style of photography, there are always essential accessories to carry with you during a photo shoot. But what are they? Here are 7 that should be on your checklist.
I personally never leave without a leveler. You simply slide it into the flash mount of your camera - that allows you to check the camera orientation. It is light, practical and prevents pictures from being tilted to the right or left.
Remote Shutter Release
I prefer to use a small infrared remote control with my camera rather than a wired one. Some camera manufacturers have provided for the possibility of using both models while others offer only one or the other possibility. The disadvantage of the wired remote control (or shutter release) is that we tend to leave it hanging from the body for a long exposure, which can cause a slight vibration if there is wind.
PRO TIP : If the wired shutter release is the only one compatible with your camera, make sure to keep it in your hand during exposure to reduce the risk of movement.
Photo Credit : Vruyr Martirosyan, Unsplash
If there is an accessory that can improve your results and offer you new creative possibilities - and that you should use regularly - it is a tripod. You can find several models here or in store. The key is to choose one that best suits your photographic genre. The tripod allows you to use slow speeds to create a water yarn, to obtain precise and spectacular night shots and to refine your compositions.
I have used Vanguard tripods for several years. This brand offers a variety of models that should satisfy all your requirements. I use the Alta Pro 2+ 263 ct model combined with a ball head. It is light, strong and you can reposition its center column to get an overhanging view of a subject, which is handy in macro photography.
Photo Credit: Vanguard's Instagram account
Lenses Wiping Cloth
This inexpensive accessory should follow you on every photo trip. It's great for wiping the front glass of your lens in rain, drizzle, and other conditions. Before wiping your lens, make sure there is no unwanted residue on the front glass. To make sure, use a compressed air duster to remove any residue and then wipe it off with the soft cloth.
PRO TIP : Make sure to always keep it in a waterproof bag and never at the bottom of a pocket to avoid grains of sand that could scratch your lens.
Compressed Air Duster
You should always have an air duster at home or in your vehicle. Before going out in the field, make sure your lenses are dust-free.
PRO TIP : Keep the can upright as you blow the air out. If you tilt or shake the can before use, the liquid may leak out of the can.
I never go out in the field without an extra battery for my camera - especially if I am frequently using the rear screen to frame my shots, as it reduces battery life.
PRO TIP : If you go on a long snowshoe hike in the winter, you should have two extra batteries.
Memory Card Holder
I also always carry a memory card holder with me. The capacity of today's cards is more substantial than when I started, but I can still take more than 2,000 photos in a safari day and have to use multiple cards. To that end, I prefer to keep them in a card holder rather than in their original carrying case.
PRO TIP : If your camera allows the use of two memory cards, you should program the photos to be saved on both cards simultaneously, rather than one after the other is full. If the photos are stored simultaneously, you will have a backup copy from the moment you take the pictures.
Do you hesitate between several products for your photographic material? Gosselin experts will be able to advise you in order to make an informed choice!