Four Must Have Accessories (Camera Lesson 14)
Summary: Ryan covers the four camera accessories you simply must have, what they’re used for, tips on using them, and recommendations on which brands to buy.
Length: 9:14 minutes
Accessories can make your shoot more enjoyable by making your camera ergonomic, easier to operate, and allow you to deliver better results. There are a ton of accessories that you can add to your camera depending on your needs and your own style of working. In this video I’m going to cover what I think are the four essential camera accessories.
In my opinion, tripods are the one essential must have camera accessory. If you can only afford to spend money in on area, this is the place to spend it. The tripod system is made up of the head and the legs, which are also referred to as the sticks. The head allows you to move you camera, and the sticks support everything.
When looking at tripods, you’ll find that there are two kinds of heads out there: fluid and non-fluid. Fluid head tripods allow you to get smooth movement when you are panning or tilting your camera. Non-fluid heads are jerky, and hard to use. A good fluid head will outlast any camera you buy, so it is worth it to spend extra money on something that will last.
As you are looking at tripods, get one that will support the weight of your camera system plus some. So for example, if your camera package weighs 10 pounds, get a head that will support at least 15 pounds. Just because the head says it will support 10 pounds, doesn’t mean that it will work well there when you put your 10 pound camera on it.
Additionally, the height of your camera system also affects the weight that your tripod head sees. The higher the center of gravity, the more torque, or the more weight that your tripod head experiences. So even if your camera only weighs 8 lbs, if it is a tall camera system your tripod may be experiencing a load of 12 lbs.…