If you’ve looked into purchasing additional photography equipment, you know that the choices are limitless – as are the costs. And yet, building out your collection doesn’t have to be expensive. These five items will give you that extra boost you’re looking for, without breaking the bank.
1. Reflector… A reflector is an excellent way to add light in almost any situation. Reflectors can be angled to catch a light source and reflect it back on your subject, boosting the light available for your camera to capture. Reflectors are available from many photography equipment retailers, as well via online stores such as Amazon.com. If you find you can’t afford a reflector, you can still achieve a similar effect by using a large sheet of foam board.
2. Large white blanket… A large white sheet makes a great addition to every photo shoot. It is compatible with almost every setting. Additionally, it can act as a reflector in a pinch, it will save clients from getting dirty while sitting or kneeling on the ground, and it can be used to eliminate the greenish-yellow color casts from grass. Eliminating the grass’ color casts will always make for easier editing, speeding up your workflow and allowing you to spend your time more efficiently.
3. On-camera flash diffuser… Flash diffusers are a must for any situation in which you need to rely on a flash for adequate lighting. Diffusers soften faces and greatly reduce shadows. They accomplish this by doing a much better job of distributing the light from the flash evenly around the room. Diffusers can be found at many photography stores, as well as other retailers that carry cameras, such as Best Buy, Walmart, or Target. Additionally, they can easily be purchased online through stores such as Amazon.com.
4. Eyeglass cleaning wipes… Often stores will attempt to sell you a camera lens-specific cleaning wipe or spray. The truth is, eyeglass cleaning wipes work just as well and are often considerably more affordable. The next time you visit a retailer, particularly those that have vision centers, you can pick up a few boxes of wipes to keep in your camera bag. The next time that two-year-old touches your lens and leaves a smudge-mark, you’ll be ready to clean it safely and efficiently.
5. Macro Filters… While macro lenses serve a terrific role in your repertoire, they can be quite pricey. As an alternative, you can utilize a macro filter instead. Macro filters work extremely well in comparison to their cost. The only thing to be careful of is the size. Be sure you order a macro filter of the same radius as the lens you intend to use it with. For instance, macro filters work very well on a 50mm f/1.8 lens, so order accordingly when purchasing. Macro filters are available from camera retail stores, as well as online such as through Amazon.com.