These seven photography accessories will make your life much easier

Jun 14, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

These seven photography accessories will make your life much easier

Jun 14, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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These seven photography accessories will make your life much easier

Each of us has our favorite set of photography accessories we can’t imagine our life without. In this video, Manny Ortiz shares with you seven of his absolutely favorite items. Not all of these are essential for photography, but they will make your life and work a lot easier.

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1. A charging station

With a charging station, you can have all your batteries charging in one place. This will keep you better organized, and not to mention that you won’t don’t use all the sockets in the house to charge batteries. Manny uses this one and it costs $35.

2. Portable hard drive

A proper storage is a must if you take lots of photos and videos. Manny uses a 2TB USB-C portable drive from Lacie and even edits the images directly from it. This will keep your computer’s memory free and make it run better and faster.

3. Slide camera strap

Manny recommends Peak Design slide strap because it’s versatile and has a quick release to remove the strap from the camera, giving you more flexibility while shooting.

4. Wacom tablet

Manny admits it takes some time to get used to using a Wacom tablet after editing with a mouse for years. However, it’s easy to use and after a little time, you’ll get more precise and much faster than editing with a mouse. He recommends buying a small one for travel, and a medium one for editing at home.

5. Good backpack

There’s no universal solution when it comes to choosing the best camera bag. You gotta work out what works best for you (and here are some ideas here and here). But as for Manny, he uses a Think Thank Urban Approach 15 and Everyday Backpack 30.

6. Good SD cards

If you invest money in your cameras and lenses, there’s no point in buying cheap cards. You need good memory cards, especially for shooting video. Manny uses Sony 64GB, which have a really fast writing speed.

7.Bluetooth speaker

Okay, this definitely isn’t photography related, but it can make a huge difference at a photo shoot. If you like photographing to music, this is something you gotta have with you. It makes the vibe of the shoot a lot better, and if you photograph people, it helps them relax. Manny uses JBL Flip 3: it fits in a camera bag and has a good bass.

So, these were Manny’s favorite photography accessories that help him be faster, better organized, and enjoy photo shoots more. I believe you should consider investing in some of these as well. Personally, I’d buy that charging station, a speaker, and a Wacom tablet is something I’ve been wanting for a while. And what are your favorite photography accessories?

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5 responses to “These seven photography accessories will make your life much easier”

  1. Garth Tourtillott Avatar
    Garth Tourtillott

    Dude.. please do your homework.. Sony does not make their own SD cards.. their is only 5 NAND memory manufacturers. Lexar, SanDisk, Toshiba, Samsung hy-lynx. Lexar and SanDisk are the industry leaders..

    1. Richard Doktor Avatar
      Richard Doktor

      Dude … please read what is written.

      Nowhere in the text does it say anything about Sony producing SD cards. It’s very embarrassing when you can’t read and/or understand text and then write an incredibly stupid answer …

    2. sanity inAcone Avatar
      sanity inAcone

      if you’re “getting bent” over SD cards, you may need to go outside for a walk.

  2. sanity inAcone Avatar
    sanity inAcone

    Hi Richard, I’d like to extend a little info for people seeking a lower cost wacom-cintiq alternative. ‘recent years have set the stage for various companies to make excellent products that compare to Cintiq tablets at half the cost or less.
    • XP-Pen, Ugee, Artisul, Bosto, Huion..and maybe a couple more that I can’t remember right now.
    Example: XP-Pen’s recent releases of 15.6″ cintiq like screen has a battery-less pen, 8k pressure levels, and it’s just everything you would need including quality, for $360.
    // Example:
    https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/9453570011

    1. sanity inAcone Avatar
      sanity inAcone

      There’s 10 inch models in case someone wants extreme portability.
      Also, there’s been certain computers that have wacom digitizers built into their screens.
      // Examples: Surface pro 1 and 2 (versions 3 and 4 use MS’s trig stuff)
      ..or some older fujitsu lifebooks..etc.
      Finding a laptop with a wacom digitizer in it, is a way to save ALOT of money PLUS save on having an extra piece of equipment. ..of course, based upon your needs and growth of needs..etc