Revealed: Camera Accessories For Those Amazing Travel Pics

We had earlier published an article on how to choose the best camera for travel. After the cameras, we are tripping on the right camera accessories. These accessories not only make a shot go to fab from drab but also make your life quite easy! Right from lenses to camera carriage, we are discussing everything right here. We got the best guys in the business to give the best advice to our readers and what we came out with? Well, read on………………..


Tripods

So you have skipped meals and not bought any clothes for last one year to save up for that dream camera? Well, skip some more meals if you have to and buy a sturdy and strong tripod! I really do understand the temptation of saving a few bucks after the camera has burnt a hole in your pocket but do not give in. Just imagine the tripod trips along with your camera in a slightly strong breeze…..ooops…heart shattering! Worst, blurred images- thanks to the wobbly tripod disaster you just purchased.
Go for an aluminum tripod which is very sturdy and stable though it is heavier than the fibre tripods. Make sure that there are no iron parts and components as they tend to rust easily. Always buy height adjustable tripods and check their locks and clips beforehand.

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Tripod head


Tripod heads usually come with tripods but you can buy them separately too. In fact buying them separately makes sense because you can pick one of your own choice. You can also opt for multiple tripod heads according to the type of photographs you intend to take. Ball heads are most popular and common however they lack tilt adjustments. Pan heads give you great variation for tilting the camera at minute angles and are also cost-effective. Pan heads also come with a variation that provides hydraulic damping system for smooth and easy motion and are commonly referred to as Fluid heads.
Heavy lenses need something more than a strong tripod, they need super stability and so invest in a Gimbal tripod head. Tilts and rotations are also smoothly taken care of by these heads. Let us now move to Video heads that give you flexibility of geared rotation that can be adjusted for stills and videos.  For auto movements and panoramic photography, motorised heads have to be your choice because high degree of smooth operations required is not possible in manual mode.

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Camera Bags

Always buy a bag that seals your camera from exposure of moisture, dust and water. Also make sure you buy a big bag if you intend to gather accessories for your camera overtime. You can opt for shoulder or sling bags. Backpack camera bags are also of great utility while trekking long distances. If you tend to carry all your things on the go, then consider buying a hybrid which gives a compartment for your laptop as well as camera.
Neoprene camera bags are quite popular these days. Though they come with a price but they are real value for money because they protect your camera against scratches, water, dust, rain and snow (all things we already said you need to save your camera from). They are great shock absorbers too!

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Lenses


The world of lenses is narrow, wide and includes everything in between! Here we will give you very straightforward facts about the different types, their uses and utility.
Standard Lens: These are also called normal lens and have the same coverage as that of a human eye which is around 50-55 degrees. Compared to wide angle lenses these have longer focal length and are ideal for general photography where the aim is to have a very natural looking photograph.
Wide Angle lenses: These lenses can capture a “wide” view and hence the term. The beauty of these lenses is that even with a wide area capture, they have a brilliant magnification and focus. They have a short focal length and this is why snaps come out to be very clear and crisp. They are particularly recommended for landscape photography.
Ultra-wide Lens: These lenses are best left to professionals as they are very tricky and difficult to work with. These lenses have very short focal length and professionals who especially deal with edifice architecture and landscapes like to use them because these cameras get a whole big wide shot in one frame.
Telephoto Lens: You must have been awed by those pictures where background is foggy and target object has a spectacular contrast and focus. Well, this is what a telephoto lens does and more. It also changes the perspective of the photo if you use your longest lens.
Fish eye lens: These are really fancy wide lenses that show a spherical view of the capture. So the snap basically looks like a reflected image on a mirror ball. They are preferred for underwater photography due to distortions that exist owing to water. They focus very closely on target object and give out extremely sharp images.
Prime Lens: These lenses have a fixed focal length.The most standard prime lens is the 50mm “normal lens.” Its focal length roughly matches where your eye focuses, giving you an image that’s fairly close to what’s in front of you. The lack of zoom in capability is more than compensated by a  higher quality of images by Prime lenses and the simplicity of design. They are perfect for budding photographers.
Zoom Lens: These lenses can vary their focal length which makes them very useful when you have to capture photo of a target object from a distance. Zoom lenses are preferred by those who do not like to change lenses often since one zoom lens can capture landscape as well as portraits quite nicely. The sharpness of landscapes however is not as crisp as that of wide angle lenses.
Macro lens: These lenses are used when you need a very tiny object to fill the whole frame without distortions. Sharp images of small details is what macro lens achieves beautifully. Say you want to picture a stamp, then this is the lens you will need to use.

For travel, we recommend a 55-200 or 70-300mm lense along with the standard 18-55mm lense that you get with your DSLR kit. Make sure that it has autofocus and vibration resistant features that ensure that there is no blurring of images.

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Remote release

Remote release enables you to trigger your camera shutter remotely. You get option of remote release for DSLRs and in some point and shoot cameras too. There are two main reasons why people like to use remote release: One, to take a delayed shot which exceeds the timer time that is in-built in the camera. Two, to avoid jerks and manual trigger movement for a blur free perfect shot.
Both wireless and wired options in remote releases are available. Of course wireless ones are costlier but they are more convenient and useful. Remote release mechanisms use Infrared (IR) or Radio frequency to communicate with camera. Just remember that if you are using IR then you need to align it with the IR communicator on the camera which if is in the front then you cannot trigger camera from the back! Another important feature is the range from which it can be operated by remote.  

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Camera Battery & Pouch

If you are going to be out for long then we strongly recommend you keep extra batteries even if you have the rechargeable kind. If it is the lithium kind you have, then let us get it straight you do not have an option but to pack a bulk! Secure them in handy battery pouches that are easily available at electronic and camera stores. In fact you get them according to your camera model.


External flash

Many professional and serious amateur photographers tend to own external flash. Now external flashes do provide superior quality pictures because they are more powerful and fill the shot better.  But there are other reasons too that advocate these flash. First, right on top of our head is saving battery since built-in flash eats up a lot of battery. So if you are going to be outdoors for a long time and find yourself in need of flash, use external flash. They also reduce the rest time between consecutive shots.
Now let us move to types of external flash; they are- dedicated camera flash, macro ringlight camera flash and hammerhead camera flash. Dedicated Camera flash fits into the flash slot of your camera and optimizes the flash strength by assessing your camera’s features like ISO and shutter speed. Macro ringlight flash is for macro photography. Remember we spoke to you about the lens? This flash brings out the best of your macro shots as these units give out soft diffused light as opposed to conventional flash. Hammerhead flash is as external as it gets! It does not attach into the slot or hot shoe, you can attach it to the tripod. Better angle of this flash reduces red-eye and it also has a brilliant output!

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Memory Cards

Carrying extra memory cards make as much sense as carrying batteries. We recommend them even if your camera has active sharing or auto backup on some cloud. Logic is Murphy’s law hits you real bad when you (remotely) suspect that it might! Secure the cards in a waterproof and moisture resistant pouch so that you don’t lose them anyway. We recommend memory cards of at least 64 GB. 


Cleaning kit

You spent a moolah on your camera, so take good care of it by pampering it with regular cleaning. Also make sure you use products meant for camera cleaning instead of some home hacks (those are meant for cough and cold in humans). Your kit should ideally include the following products:

  • Lens cleaning pen system;
  • Lens cleaning liquid solution;
  • Soft lens brush;
  • Air Blower cleaner;
  • Lens Tissue paper;
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth.

Alright, so now we come to the end of this informative article on camera accessories. You guys do let us know if there is anything specifically you would want us to touch upon in future and we will get it through to our experts. Do checkout our awesome Travel Store that has all the above listed items and much more!!Until then stay tuned and keep capturing the world in your lens!!

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