10+ Cool Accessories Every Photographer Wants

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photography accessoriesWhen you’re passionate about photography, whether you’re taking photos with a heavy duty SLR or with your phone, there are a few accessories here or there that you’re probably dying to get.

We’ve put together a list of unique, cool and geeky addons for your camera. Everything from cases, to lenses, to tripods, you’ll want to get your hands on this gear.

We kick of the list with a few photography accessories that anyone can use, whether you’re using a point and shoot, a sSLR or even your cell phone, followed by sSLR accessories, and finally, iPhone accessories to take photos on the go.

Gorillapod

The Gorillapod needs no introduction and should be in every photographer’s kit. The flexible tripod can attach itself to just about any surface, making it easy to get the exact photo that you want. And there’s a whole line of Gorillapod’s available, that can take anywhere from 325g to 5kg, so no matter what kind of camera you use, whether a small point and shoot, or a huge SLR sporting a telephoto lens – you’ll find what you’re looking for. There’s even a Gorillapod made especially for the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

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Portable lighting studio

Okay, so maybe you won’t need a portable lighting studio if you’re taking photos with your phone, but who’s to say you can’t. Using this on-the-go studio will ensure that you always have the perfect lighting and perfect backrop, no matter where you are.

ShutterBuddy

If you have a hard time getting your baby to look at the camera, ShutterBuddy will remedy the problem. Stick your camera inside this and you’ll get their attention in no time. ShutterBuddy is made to fit point and shoot cameras.

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If you’re using an SLR or want a simpler alternative, check out the Lens Pets available on Etsy. Simply slip the Lens Pet around your lens and you’ll be snapping away pictures of your little ones in no time.

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For the dSLR user, there are a few amazing accessories that can take your photography, or even film-making, to another level.

Nano DSLR Rig

Using your own body to steady the camera, the Nano DSLR Rig can turn your DSLR camera into the ultimate movie-making machine, as well as give you all the options you need to brace your camera for the perfect photo. The flexibility of the rig opens up a world of different possibilities on how it can be used.

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Cloak Bag

Whether it’s for discreet shooting, to protect your camera from the elements, or even wanting a quick and easy way to shoot a photographer before it passes you by, the Cloak Bag will come in handy. And the fashion conscious photographer will probably appreciate the fact that it’s a camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag.

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Lensbaby Lenses

If you have your standard DSLR lenses and are looking for something different, the Lensbaby line of lenses has a little something for everyone. Lensbaby offers three different lenses, each suited to a different kind of photographer. Each lens is used in a different way and produces a different stylistic effect. Check out their photographer’s gallery to decide which one is right for you. Lensbaby lenses are compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and 4/3’s mount SLR cameras.

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Gigtube Instant Digital Screen Remote Viewfinder

Want to get your camera up close but trigger the shutter from a distance? The Gigtube Instant Digital Screen Remote Viewfinder allows you to do just that. See what’s in your viewfinder using the remote wireless LCD screen, and trigger the shutter when the time is right. Taking photos from a high angle or self portraits are just a couple of ways the LCD screen will come in handy. The Digital Viewfinder is compatible with specific Canon, Nikon and Olympus models. There’s also a wireless model if you need to put more distance between you and your camera.

There’s a large group of photographers who have dedicated themselves to taking the best photos possible using their iPhones. Here are a few accessories that could come in handy.

Fish-Eye Lens

With a magnetic mount, simply attach the Fish-Eye Lens to your iPhone and you can easily achieve the fish-eye effect in your photos. And because it’s detachable, the lens can be used with pretty much any cell phone, not just the iPhone. While you’re at it, why not get the Wide Angle & Macro and Super Macro lenses.

ZGrip

ZGrip iPhone Pro gives you an easy and steady way to control your iPhone when shooting pictures, or even videos. ZGrip is compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4. Don’t forget, if you don’t need to be holding the iPhone, and just need to steady it using a tripod, the iPhone Gorillapod, compatible with the 3G and 3GS, is another great option.

Beamer

While the iPhone 4 comes equipped with an LED flash, its predecessors don’t. The easiest way to remedy this is to use the Beamer, an iPhone case with a built-in LED flash.

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What are your favourite photography accessories? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credit: Razvan Chirnoaga

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Comments (27)
  • Haplo

    The professional photographer is someone that takes pictures for a living… And because of that has to have quality gear. It would be very hard earning a living taking pictures with the PowerShot and GorrillaPod from above… All things considered aside, no one would take you seriously!

    BTW the D300 is not a professional camera, it’s a semi-pro… Despite being used by professional photographers on a budget (and being an excellent choice overall).

  • Zuri K.

    I get your argument with advertisements; the professional photographer grade is perhaps someone you consider owning a Nikon D300s (or its competitors across the spectrum)….

    No worries though. At least I think I’m on the same page as you now.

  • Haplo

    Yes of course, as I’ve said, everyone is a photographer these days (in my mind that is good). And yes, a professional anything earns from that profession.

    But while you didn’t use the word “professional” you did use “EVERY photographer wants”…

    It may be that these items are likable to a diverse group of photographers… It’s just that I think the pros (mostly) would find it lacking.

    I for sure find funny the fact that this is a list for the average consumer but the title also includes professionals that (again, mostly) wouldn’t even look to the shelves were this items sit in the store.

    My original comment (and all after) was not meant to offend, in my native language certainly doesn’t sound offending, it’s more on the jokey side, it may be that the tone is somewhat changed to an english speaking culture?

  • Haplo

    The fact that these and other products show up on photo magazines, doesn’t make them “professional oriented”, that’s just advertising.

    Your second argument is, of course, valid. I should have written “I wouldn’t buy any of these products because I don’t find them useful. Also I don’t think these are suited for a professional.” And because the article says “every photographer”, the pros are included.

  • nm

    Well then that’s where you and I differ because to me, professional means that you make money or make your living off of something. You don’t have to be a professional to call yourself a photographer. That’s like saying that a person isn’t a singer just because they aren’t a “professional” singer. That’s absurd.

    The point of the list was for it to be diverse to appeal to all kinds of photographers – not just professional ones which is why I never used the word “professional” when writing it.

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