digital camera accessories
cool gadgets for your digital photography

You're looking for digital camera accessories at a great time.

There are so many great gadgets that can make your photography more enjoyable and can help you take better photos in a variety of photography situations.

Now here's the best part. Not only has technology made photography incredibly fun and creative, but the competition for your photography dollars has driven a lot of prices downward.

Camera accessory choices

No matter what digital photography equipment you already have now, this article will help you find information related to the photography accessories you're looking for. 

Dolica TripodDolica Tripod

Memory CardMemory Card



Pancake LensPancake Lens

Camera BackpackCamera Backpack

Whether you're looking to make a digital camera accessories list or just have a general curiosity on what's available you're in luck. You can shop from a store near you or you can use an online photography equipment retailer.

Here are the articles on specific camera accessories. Use them or you can save time by using the search box for any information on camera equipment you're considering.


Articles on Specific Digital camera accessories

The explosion of digital photography combined with the resources on the internet put you in the driver seat for choosing. You have a tremendous selection of choices for accessories, and so many places to buy and read reviews. 


4 categories of digital photography accessories

Your list of digital camera accessories has to start with the add-ons you really shouldn't consider doing without. There are a lot of other accessories you don't "need," but having them would improve your photography or just be fun to have. We start with the two digital camera accessories  that every photographer must have.

First.  The "must have" accessories

Begin with the two necessary accessories first, a spare battery and a 2nd memory card. If your battery goes dead, or if you've filled up your only memory card, then your prized camera becomes an expensive paperweight. 

Digital Camera Memory CardMemory Card

Panasonic Digital Camera BatterySpare Battery

Your biggest sin as a photographer is to get caught with no available memory or a dead battery. Sorry to say it this way, but it sucks when you miss a shot. You've got your camera and you're looking forward to that great photo, and BAM, you miss it! 

Batteries and memory cards are really cheap too, for several reasons. There's a lot of competition among memory card and battery sellers and there are a lot of companies involved because it's such a big market.


2nd.  accessories that protect and Transport Your Gear

You've got the necessities; your camera, your memory card, and a spare battery. Now what?

Have you thought about getting a decent camera bag or maybe a camera backpack? If you have a few accessories, maybe just an extra lens, perhaps a filter, or even a small tripod, you need a way to carry these things on your next photo shoot.

Once again there's huge array of options in terms of size, features, and prices.

camera bag

If you have a point and shoot camera a simple padded pouch or camera case will suffice. If you have a DSLR, you need a filter to protect your lens and a case to carry and protect your equipment.


3rd. Best camera accessories that improve your photography

These gadgets are the ones that you can be more excited about getting. We all enjoy digital photography a lot more when are pictures make our friends say WOW!

Tripods are certainly number one. There are many reasons why you should have a tripod on your accessory list. Yes, you will get sharper photos, shoot smoother video, and can include yourself in the family portrait by using the self-timer setting.

Tripods are an accessory that will take your digital photography to a whole new levelTripods are an accessory that will take
your digital photography to a whole new level


You also can turbocharge your creativity when you use a tripod. Tripods get you to slow down, think things through a bit better, and take more time getting just the right composition. Tripods are great for shooting landscapes, timelapse, and night time photos, Of course, they help you cut down on photography mistakes too.

Monopods. Monopods are not in demand as much now with high ISO abilities having become so good. These accessories are still great for shooting wildlife and birds. When your space is too small for a tripod. or you're using a big lens, monopods can be your best option.

How about you try some super close macro photography, photos, play with multiple exposures, or experiment with long exposures. A tripod can support a big heavy lens to get in close and personal with your subject?

Big Heavy LensCanon 400mm f/5.6
Bird and Wildlife Photography


An extra Lens. Do you like to photograph birds and other forms of wildlife? Consider getting a specialty lens that's great for a specific type of photography? Ultra wide lenses are great for landscapes, architecture, and group photography.

How about a macro lens for super close-ups? Super telephoto lenses are needed for sports, wildlife and bird photography.


Tamron Macro LensTamron Macro Lens
for Close-ups


There is an entirely world of picture-taking opportunities that opens up to you when you go close-up. Everywhere you go you have the chance to shoot some cool macro photos.

I shot close ups as a young boy. It was fun, but I hadn't done any macro after that. It wasn't until I started this blog that I played around with macro. Now I'm having a blast again shooting flowers, textures, food, fruit, vegetables, all kinds of fun stuff.

Other fun camera accessories include extension tubes, shutter cords, clamps, flash guns, and other light modifiers. 


4. Fun camera accessories


There are several advantages of adding an external flash mounted to the hot shoe on the top of your camera. You get more power and a much farther reach than the dinky little built-in flash that come with your camera.

Any decent flashgun will let you tilt or swivel its direction and give you completely different looks with your flash photography.


Flashgun speedlightFlashgun Speedlight


You can have a blast playing around with flashgun accessories. A softbox like this easily mounts to your speedlight and creates a much softer light for portraits and macro photography.

These accessories sell for less than $20 and will last forever if you treat them with a little respect.

Softbox for speedlightSpeedlight Softbox


I use my reflector panel more than any other single lighting accessory I own. You can dramatically modify the existing light on your subject by bouncing light onto or blocking light from striking your subject.

A set of the round type of folding reflector panels sell for less than $20 too.

Folding reflector panelsLightpanel Reflectors


where to buy digital camera accessories

Once you have a camera accessories list, it's time to go shopping. You've likely asked yourself the question: "Where's the best camera accessories store near me?" There's so many places to buy digital camera accessories that someone could probably build an entire website on just the topic of where the best place is to buy digital camera accessories.

Just like me, you want good service, quality products, cheap prices, and fast ownership. For now, you can consider these 5 categories of digital camera accessory retailers.


1 - box stores

BestBuy logo

If you open a new browser tab on your computer or pull up a search window on your smartphone, and do a search of digital camera accessories store near me, here's what you get.

Depending on your area, you're going to get Best Buy - Target - Walmart - Kmart - Staples - OfficeMax, Walmart as possible results. This is just a small percentage. There are plenty more, depending on where you live in the country and most of these camera equipment retailers now sell on-line too.

If you have the desire see a product in person or physically touch it before you buy, box stores usually have a good selection of the most popular accessories. Box stores won't be able to carry the same very specialized gadgets that the giant online retailers do.


2 - digital camera specialty stores 

B+HPhoto Video -   Adorama - Toms of Maine -  Hunt's  - Ritz Camera - Beach Camera - Samys.

Local small-town camera stores are pretty much an extinct species. These camera retailers have been forced to add online ordering to stay competitive in the marketplace.

Going to one of these big camera stores in person is like being a kid in a candy shop. I recommend you give it a try if it's not too far of a trip. The first time I visited B&h Photo Video in New York City, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.


3 - auction and used gear sites

Ebay - Craigslist - KEH Photo

You can save money, but you have to proceed with caution and  be well informed on the quality of the used gear as well as the integrity of the seller.

Ebay is the granddaddy of auction sites, Craigslist has grown so big that you have a real good chance of finding a specific item locally and perhaps looking at it live, before you buy.

Craigslist sellers Sometimes don't know what a piece of photography equipment is really worth and that means a bargain opportunity for you. KEH has been around a long time and was a big player in buying and selling used camera equipment, particularly in the days of film photography.


4 - ONLINE only retailers

Amazon - Newegg - Overstock

There are 100s of options here. High volume retailers give you great prices and the best source for reading reviews from a good variety of consumer reviewers.

I've never purchased any accessories from Overstock. I've been disappointed every time when I do a price comparison with Amazon. 

READ THE REVIEWS



Amazon is king when it comes to the depth and the number of reviews by consumers who have already purchased and used cameras and accessories.

That makes it the number one place to read reviews on digital camera accessories. You can find more reviews per specific camera gadget than anywhere else on the planet.


5. manufacturers that sell their own products

Think Tank photo logo

ThinkTankPhoto - Manfrotto - Photoflex - MindShift Gear are just a few examples of companies that sell their own. Some want to protect the price of their digital camera gadgets and sell their own to control that process.

These are usually digital camera accessories with superior design and materials and come along with higher price tags. Professional photographers demand the utmost in quality and performance-It's their job.

You know that your skill as a photographer is still really the most important element of getting great photos. Certainly, the right camera, lens, and accompanying gadgets makes it easier and more fun to get those great photos.

ThinkTank Photo and MindShift Gear specialize in high end camera bags and related accessories for the adventurous outdoor photographers. I have a ThinkTank Photo airport travel bag that is perfect for me in certain situations when I embark on distant photo excursions.


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