If you decide to really get involved in photography, and you just bought your first “Kit”, you now have just a taste of some of the gadgets you can have of what is available for your new camera.  Perhaps you got the 1 lens kit, or the 2 lens kit.  As you can see above there is a huge amount of gadgets that are available for your that you can choose from.  I want you to be aware that you don’t need them all.  Whew!  That’s a relief, right?   Well, the manufactures make a lot of different things for different types of photographers. 

This week, I want to go over something I have not done before, and that is to go over some of the “gadgets” that you can get for your camera that are specific to what type of photography that you want to do.  This gets a bit techy, and I have worked out with a website for you to view the many different ideas and prices that are available for you to look at so that you can see the many different things that you can choose from while learning about these products at the same time. 

So, lets start first with what I think are the necessities that I think you should buy to make your new camera purchase more complete:


If you bought from a store, and if the salesman did their job, he may have sold you a protective filter, either a skylight or UV filter.  If not, you need one.  Why?  If you are wandering around the bushes of your neighborhood, or through the forest, or just if something flips up and hits your lens, how much does it cost to replace that lens?  How much would it cost to replace that filter?  The protective filter is there to protect your lens.  And it does not (unless you buy a cheap one) change your photo.   Are they expensive?  No.  Here is your first list of those:

Product Details

Click on this link, and see the variety of filters available.  Feel free to purchase if you haven’t already.

UV Filters:

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Skyllight Filters:

Here is the link for an incredible variety.  If you feel like you would like to purchase, go ahead:

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Now that you have seen the need for these, and now I have a link to the market for the best variety and the best prices, I think I have become your one stop shopping place too.  I am way excited to have my new website be the one place to come to for your shopping place for your camera accessories.


At some point you will need a tripod very early in your photographic career or hobby.  I don’t know how you can take some photos without the use of a tripod.  Here are some examples that you will absolutely need a tripod, because you just can’t hold your camera still enough.  You will get a blurry photo if you don’t use a tripod in these types of situations:
  • Very low light photography
  • taking pictures of water streams and waterfalls
  • Portraits of people ( not that you need a tripod for this but you want to be away from your camera as you shoot portraits at times)
  • macro or micro photography.  When doing extreme close-ups, either you will jiggle your camera or the product will jiggle.
  • Scenery photography.  Mostly because you will want to use a high f-stop, which will cause a slower shutter speed.  And you will want your scenery photos to look sharp.
  • A weapon if bear attack you (just kidding
Tripods come in a variety of qualities.  I always say:  don’t risk your camera by buying some cheap one that will blow over in the wind.  Get a good heavy duty one, but, get one that you can hike with if you are an avid hiker.  So, from the vast variety of inventory available to all of you, and the many brands that are available, take a look at these, and if you want to purchase one, feel free to do so.  I just can’t find a place to go that is less expensive:

One last thing to consider for your basic introduction of equipment to get into your bag:  The cleaning kit.  If you did not get something to clean your camera with, make sure you don’t just throw in just any cleaning cloth, please.  You are now dealing with the most sensitive optics you have ever had.  It kills me when I see someone cleaning their lenses with their shirt tail.  I want to just tell them:  “So, did you enjoy scratching your lens”?  You really have to be so careful how you treat those lenses.   I would recommend a specific lens tissue, or lens cleaning cloth, and a good camera brush.  And here are some good, and maybe not so good items from the catalog to choose from, but PLEASE, get one that is right:


So, that is it for today’s basics.  Those of  you who are professionals and need replacements of the stuff you see here, take a look through the links above.  One thing I found out that is nice, for example, is a thin polarizing ring for my wide angle lens.  Have you ever had the edges of your polarizing filter showing up in your photos?   Here is a link for some good ones:  (P.S.  I will talk about Polarizing filters in a future blog).

Thanks for checking this article out here today.  I hope you will enjoy this one.  And I am going to provide some more articles about CAMERA ACCESSORIES in the next few days.  This should be fun, informative and a good way to check things out.

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WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS:     Taking pictures in the winter aren’t as easy as it seems.  Maybe your photos are coming out like everyone else’s?  Kind of grey or blue in color?  Look…





Taking pictures in the winter aren’t as easy as it seems.  Maybe your photos are coming out like everyone else’s?  Kind of grey or blue in color?  Look at them.  Isn’t winter photos supposed to be white?  Why are they coming out grey or blue?  I just thought that was normal.  NO !  NO!  That is not normal.  Well, your camera is acting normal, you just have to tell it not to be normal during winter pictures.   Let’s give you some tips on how to fix this:

In this article we’ll cover photography tips for overcoming the winter photo doldrums with water as icy streams, freezing rain, icicles and snowflakes:


A quietly running stream won’t make “tenacious grace” but after it thinly freezes over, it may sculpt the underside of the ice with the gently running water and any air bubbles that get trapped there. The resulting patterns can be very photogenic.

“Ice Flow” captured by PictureSocial member Daniel P. Woods


A special instance of ice is freezing rain. Look for interesting things—grasses, leaves, branches, and twigs, etc., encased in it. Exposure can be tricky with the reflected light, so bracket your exposures!

“The Beauty of Mother Nature” captured by Imtiaz Ahmed

3. Icicles

Spikes of ice formed when ice or snow is melted by sunlight or some other heat source, and the resulting melted water runs or drips into an area where the temperature is below the freezing point, causing the water to refreeze. Over time continued water runoff/dripping causes the icicle to grow. Icicles can be found under roof edges of buildings and on branches and twigs, etc. Whether solitary or in groups, they can be very photogenic when back or side lit or hanging against a dark background.

4. Snowflakes

You take these pictures outside by catching the flakes on a towel, then transferring the flakes with a short plastic stick to a microscope slide, then placing the slide on a somewhat larger piece of glass which is suspended about 6 inches above a sheet of colored poster board, then shoot straight down with a macro-focusing lens. For more sophisticated tools and techniques, just do an online search using “snowflake photos.”

“Catching a Snowflake” captured by PictureSocial member Deb Buchanan


Choose the projects that interest you most. Follow the photography tips conscientiously. Re-shoot when you aren’t satisfied. Do it til you are satisfied. It’ll take all your patience and passion. Your skills and eye will improve with the practice. Shoot especially in early and late light. Use a tripod as much as possible. Edit your results relentlessly. Pin small samples on the wall for a few days to study before making final prints for wall art.

Icy Streams: Locate a quietly running stream in freezing weather and it will probably form smooth ice on top. The underside of the ice will be etched by the running water and any air bubbles in it, creating lines and patterns. Shoot straight down on it for an overall sharp picture.

Freezing Rain: When a heavy freezing rain falls, the problem becomes one of too many interesting things to shoot! Take your time and look around to find something really outstanding, more or less by itself, with a dark or strongly colored background and shoot it.

Icicles: In freezing weather check out the eaves troughs around rooftops of houses and heated garages, looking for icicles. Try, if possible, to find them around eye level or slightly lower so you can keep the entire icicle(s) sharp top to bottom when you take your pictures.

“Icicles” captured by PictureSocial member Nathaniel


Set up your snowflake “studio” and proceed to get a couple of flakes together on your microscope slide. Place the slide above a piece of medium-dark blue poster board, and then shoot straight down on the flakes.

About the Author:
John Maxymuik authored this article which is 1 of a set of 6 on “Photography Tips For the Photo Doldrums” providing tips to break the grip of the photo doldrums using the “ideal photo subject”. To see examples of photography that made use of the “ideal photo subject” go to his fine art photography website at ambienceimages dot net.

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