You might recently have laid down the GDP of a small country on a new DSLR camera, but you’ll be glad to know that there is a wide variety of expensive gubbins that you can spend your money on to improve your photography experience. Lucky you.
A tripod is probably as essential as essential camera accessories come. If you want to get stable, perfectly framed shots no matter where you are, then you’re going to want a tripod to do so. You’ll want to prioritise something that is sturdy, which usually means spending a bit more money, but that’s better than getting something cheap that fails to hold up your pricey camera properly.
Most DSLR cameras use batteries that will see you through a solid afternoon of shooting, but if you’re one for snapping off multiple shots in quick succession or you’re planning to spend the whole day taking photos, then it is well worth carrying one or two spare batteries around with you. I’d recommend always having at least one spare, even if you’re not planning on doing lots of shooting because you never know when your battery will run out right when you need it, or if the charging cable was mysteriously never turned on – totally not your fault that, a random freak occurrence. *ahem*
Many DSLRs will come with their own basic screen protector to stop the viewscreen from getting damaged or scratched, but it’s worth investing in your own heavier duty protection. A damaged viewscreen will obviously make it difficult for you to take shots or browse your photos, but it can also devalue your camera if you come to sell it when you next upgrade. A small investment now can save you lots later.
While internal SD cards have been getting bigger and faster over the years, they’re still no comparison to a good HDD or SSD for memory size and speed. While your camera may not be able to save directly to the external drive, it is worth carrying one around anyway so that you can periodically move images and video over and free up space on your SD card for new content.
Remote Shutter Release
If you’ve ever struggled with positioning your camera for a selfie or setting timed release, then a remote shutter release is well worth the investment. Aside from being great at catching you in the perfect pose, a remote shutter helps you to reduce or entirely avoid creating any wobble or movement to the camera when you’re taking the shot. This means that you’ll always be shooting exactly what you want.
The last item on this list is certainly going to be essential if you’ve picked up all the others. A camera bag will be necessary for properly transporting all your equipment and peripherals, and it will also help to protect it from damage. This is particularly important if you are carrying around a few different lenses that you like to work with.