Small items can make a big difference to how your camera handles and greatly improve the quality and scope of your photography.
While almost all cameras made today have built-in exposure meters, some photographers still rely on hand-held types, especially to make incident-light readings (of the light falling on the subject), preferring this to built-in meters, which read the light reflected from the subject. Some hand-held meters also offer far higher accuracy, especially spot meters, which read reflected light from a very narrow field of view – commonly 1 or less.
Flash meters are designed to measure electronic flash exposures. Most modern hand-held meters can measure flash exposures as well as ambient light and, indeed, indicate the balance between the two. A flash meter is an essential accessory for serious still-life and portrait work.
The best tripods are heavy, large, and rigid, while small, lightweight ones are often next to useless. As a rough guide, a tripod should weigh at least as much as the heaviest item you put on it. For the best balance between weight and stability, look for those made from carbon-fibre. A good, less-expensive compromise is a tripod made from aluminum alloy. Very small tabletop tripods are handy for steadying the camera, and shoulder stocks, which enable the camera to be braced against your shoulder, can help reduce camera shake.
Modern, padded soft bags’ combine high levels of protection with h lightweight construction: those from Lowepro, Tamrac, Tenba, Domke, and Billingham are all likely to give excellent service for many years. For work in highly challenging conditions, or if your equipment has to travel in cargo holds or on the backs of trucks, a hard case is best.
Steve J. Wilson is living in the United States and is a freelance writer since 2006, in digital photography related topics. If you are interested in some useful Digital Photography Class, than you are in the right place.
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