Digital Camera Accessories:
The Tools That Enhance Your Camera's Performance!

Digital camera accessories

Digital camera accessories are the specialized tools that can enhance your camera's performance and give you the ability to handle almost any situation or problem you may run into when shooting material for your video masterpiece!


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What Are Digital Camera Accessories?

Well... Digital camera accessories or camcorder accessories are things that may not be required  for the operation of your camera but...

*  They provide additional features that give you (and the camera) the ability to perform an action better or more precisely or to protect and organize your equipment better for more efficient use.

Camcorder Accessories

Why Do You Need Accessories for Your Video Camera?

Video camera accessories can can be broken down into two main categories:

  • Devices that extend the capacity of your camera to meet certain challenges that you will face in shooting a shot, sequence or scene, especially on location.
  • Accessories that help you protect and organize your equipment so that you can be more orderly and efficient when shooting material for your video production.

Devices that extend and enhance the capacity of your camera or help you protect and organize your equipment will give you more flexibility in the way you can approach a shot or the video production as a whole.

When shooting video, especially on location, you can of course, run into all sorts of unexpected conditions and strange environments.

Shooting conditions in one location are never the same as in another.

Camera accessories bagDigital camera accessories are tools that enhance your ability to shoot great video!

There are always problems to solve as far as lighting, motion, framing, focus, exposure etc. and the list could go on and on!

The main job of the camera person or videographer is to be able to shoot the high quality material needed for their video production. And... you want to get the job done the first time... as sometimes you only get one shot at it, especially when you're shooting live events!

So why would you need accessories...?  Digital video camera accessories are the specialized tools that help you overcome the problems that will be presented to you anytime you're shooting video, especially on location. Camera accessories provide you with the right tools to get the job... all the way... done!

What Types of Camera Accessories Are There?

Accessories for a digital camera or camcorder are tools... and can be broken down into a few main categories:

  • Tripods and harnesses for the stabilization of the camera to eliminate camera shake and jitter.
  • Lighting accessories that give you the ability to handle variations in light quality and quantity on location.
  • Power in the form of batteries or power packs.
Camcorder accessoriesThe Perfect Shot!
  • Camera bags and cases for equipment portability, organization, and dirt/dust protection.
  • Microphones and portable sound equipment to enhanced sound recording capability when needed.
  • Camera mounts that increase the ability of the videographer to use various and creative camera angles and shots and for smooth motion capture (Panning).
  • Accessories for focusing the camera more precisely.

If Accessories Are Tools... Then Which Ones Should  You Always Have in Your Toolbox?

Which accessories are a "must-have"? Well... There are some very basic video camera accessories that are always handy and useful to have - especially when you're out on location shooting.

Usually they will break down like this:

Camera Stabilization – Tripod

* Something to stabilize your camera when needed.

Camera Accessories – Batteries

* Extra power for your camera so you never miss a shot.

Camera Accessories – Lights

* The ability to handle variations in light.

Camera Accessories – Carrying Bag

* Something that you can use to organize, protect and easily carry your gear.

Let's break this down even further...

Something to Stabilize Your Camera When Needed...

 A tripod, unipod or over-the-shoulder stabilization equipment is desirable depending on the location and what you're shooting.

If you shooting with a telephoto or zoom lens you'll find a stabilization device very handy to eliminate camera shake.

Nothing is worse than...

  • Shaky,
  • Jittery or
  • Blurry video...
Nothing loses an audience faster!
Camera stabilization accessoryThe First Rule of Camerawork: Stabilize Your Camera!

Always have something with you that you can use to stabilize your camera.

The Ability to Handle Variations in Light...

Video production camerawork lighting
Production camerawork

When you doing the video production work camerawork on your project...

Especially when you're out shooting on location...

You must have the ability to handle any variations in light.

Carrying one or more of the many types of battery-powered lamps that can connect to the camera or be used separately are must.

On location you never know exactly what the lighting is going to be like...

Or... what variations of light you may run into depending on the time of day or the conditions... or maybe...

When you just may need a little tiny bit of fill light to get that perfect shot! The wise videographer or photographer always carries extra light with him!

Extra Power for Your Digital Camera...

Digital camera battery
Camcorder batteries

Spare batteries (emphasis on more than one!) is, as they say, a "no-brainer" for the amateur or professional camera person.

The old maxim is: No power = No video!

So... If you are shooting on location...

Especially dynamic subjects like sports or other live events...

You need have the luxury of being able to keep your...

Running as long as it takes to get the perfect footage.

Spare batteries are a must! Nothing is more frustrating than running out of power just before the best action presents itself!

Something That You Can Use to Organize, Protect And Easily Carry Your Gear...

Your camera gear usually will cost you a lot of money...!  And you don't want to break it, lose it or be fumbling around with it!

A well-made camera bag that is versatile, easy to carry and has plenty of room for everything you need is one of the best investments you can make.

When on location, just like in hiking, you basically pack your stuff in and pack your stuff out (smile). A good camera bag with plenty of room for all of the accessories you need is a necessity.

Your bag should be of very good quality so it protects your equipment well, be easy to handle and carry and, you should be able to secure the contents in some way.

Backpack for camera accessoriesYour portable studio!

When on location your bag is a big part of your "portable studio" so don't be afraid to invest in one that is of high quality, versatile and easy to use.

How Do You Use These "Tools" to Best Advantage When Shooting a Video Production?

Whether you're an amateur or pro...

As you're working through the shooting of your material you will be subject to the rules and techniques of camerawork.

You will naturally be figuring out the:

As you figure these things out you also will get a clear picture of any accessories you need to carry out your plan and how you will use them to successfully shoot the material you want for your production.

VideographerHaving the right camera accessories can help you get that "perfect" shot!

Learn to use these tools well and there will be very few barriers to you capturing all the great video material that you need for your video masterpiece!

 Have fun...!  Dan

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