3 Essential Photo Accesories

Sometimes, we can pay so much attention to the camera and the lens, that we forget the simplest of accessories that may have more effect on our photography than the more expensive equipment. In this video I look at 3 accessories, firstly a small, inexpensive but very capable mini tripod that you can take with you any where you go, so it can help you to get sharp images, or images with movement in situations where you would not normally have a tripod with you.

Secondly, I look at a variable ND filter, these things are amazing, they are almost infinitely variable sunglasses for your camera. They can give control in situations when you want a wide aperture in bright light, but also, they can be essential for video, especially if shooting at 24/25 fps where your shutter would (or should) be about 1/50, because once again, unless you really stop down your lens (and sometimes even that is not enough) you can simply reduce the light hitting the sensor to suit your situation.

Lastly, I look at a 10 stop ND filter, when you first look at this, it appears to be completely black, but in fact, it reduces the light hitting your sensor by 10 stops, therefore you can get exposures of 30 seconds to 1 or 2 minutes in broad daylight, but why would you want to do this?

If your camera is on a sturdy tripod and the shutter is open for 30 seconds or more, that means that subject matter such as buildings, bridges etc will remain sharp, but the clouds will have moved, grass will have moved, creating stunning surreal effects that you could not really create in camera, with any camera, without this simple accessory.

Give them a try, happy shooting!

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