If only buying a DSLR were merely a matter of buying the unit – you’d be a lot cheaper off! But the fact of the matter is that there are many gadgets that can help you make the most of your new DSLR, and that buying them can help you achieve better photographs in a wider range of types and styles. For example, have you ever wondered how to take bokeh photographs, close-up shots with a blurry background? How to shoot something from a distance? You can find out which accessories will help you achieve these things and more.
Different lenses and lens attachments can be bought that will help you take a variety of different photos. Macro lenses can help you take close-up shots. The greater the magnification the closer your shot will get without blurring. You generally screw these lenses over your DSLR’s standard lens, and some manufacturers or shops will sell a set of macro lenses allowing you to get progressively closer. This can allow you a variety of magnifications which opens the door to different types of photos.
A telephoto lens, on the other hand, allows you to zoom in and focus on objects which are further away. Again, they tend to screw onto your normal lens but some brands will sell different lenses that clip into your camera directly. A basic telephoto lens can also help you easily achieve that bokeh effect. Simply attach the lens but, instead of focussing on objects far away, focus on a small, close-by subject. The background will be far blurrier, which will allow you the pleasure of taking the perfect bokeh photo.
A bag is invaluable, particularly if you’re going to be carting along a variety of lenses. Get one that will carry a good bit more than you already have; this allows you some space for a phone and wallet, so you can leave a handbag at home and simply enjoy your camera without worrying about extra luggage. A sturdy shoulder-strap is a good thing; look also
for interchangeable compartments attached to the inside of the bag with Velcro, so you can change the layout as you need to.
A cleaning kit is absolutely essential. You can clean your camera in the event of a dirty lens or even on a more in-depth level. Be sure to research what you need to do to prevent any damage from being done, if you try to clean a more complex part of your unit. You’ll want a kit containing cleaning solution and lint-free wipes. Additionally, you can buy single-use cleaning wands which allow you to get deeper into your camera to clean behind the mirror. A blowing device can help you clear dry dust out of nooks and crannies, too.
Enjoy your DSLR; it could well be the most rewarding piece of kit you ever buy. With the right accessories, you could be taking professional-quality photos before you know it.