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Accessories

A good camera bag is essential, and there are many, many options available from vendors such as LowePro, Tenba, Tamrack, M-Rock, Kiesel, and others. Everyone has his or her own idea of what makes a good bag, but your first consideration is that it can hold the gear you want to carry for a particular shoot, which these days might include a computer, a camera, and lenses. If you’re shooting with an SLR, you might find that you need multiple bags for different camera configurations. For example, on a day of street shooting, you may find that you don’t need your macro and telephoto lenses, while on a day hike you might prefer to carry only certain prime lenses. The best advice for bag buying is to get your hands on the bag ahead of time. If the bag you want isn’t available in a nearby store, consider a mail-order house that provides a good return policy.

Tripods

A tripod can be a must-have accessory for many different types of shooting. If you need to shoot with long exposure times that preclude handholding, you’ll need a tripod. Even if you’re shooting at hand-holdable speed, if you’re very concerned about sharpness, you’ll want to shoot with a tripod. While it may seem that a fast shutter speed is too quick to capture any camera movement, even the tiniest amount can produce a noticeable lack of sharpness if you intend to blow up your images to a very large size.


  

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