What camera equipment and additional products could you possibly want once you have your wonderful new camera? Well that does all depend on the type of photographer you are or want to be.
For the amateur snapper who just wants to carry a small light compact camera, the equipment for the camera is rather limited anyway, but that does not mean that they won't be able to produce some fantastic results and want to manage and take care of their work. In which case there will be additional equipment that may be of interest, such as photo management systems and camera care products.
For the professional photographer there are hundreds of additional camera equipment items they may wish to purchase. These may include lenses, tripods, bags, software and hardware for image storage.
However the golden rule is not to go over board when buying equipment. At the end of the day there is only so much you can carry with you on a days shoot, so be wise and considered before you make that purchase and if possible ask to it try out first.
Some of the major additional camera equipment high on many photographers Christmas lists are:
Camera lenses - if you own a SLR camera, it won't be long before you want to experiment with different lenses for it. Unfortunately there are hundreds to choose from and they can be quite expensive to buy.
Knowing what type of photography you are interested in and which camera lenses are the best for that subject will narrow the list down. Do plenty of research before you buy and if the lens is particularly expensive it may be possible to hire it before you make that final purchasing decision.
Camera Tripods - Another essential piece of camera equipment for many photographers, especially those who are interested in night photography and landscape work.
It is a mistake to think that all tripods are essentially the same and go for the cheapest one around. Make sure that the tripod is suitable for your needs and will not let you down at the crucial moment. It's cheap to replace a tripod but not so cheap to replace the broken camera after the tripod toppled over.
Camera Care - Looking after your camera equipment is sometimes over looked by the creative person, who doesn't want to be bothered with the technicalities of cleaning or protecting their camera etc.
This can be a big mistake and any unfortunate accidents or breakage's can be avoided with just a few simple steps of camera care and maintenance. This includes protecting yourself from unforeseen problems with some extra insurance cover.
Photo Management - What to do with all those hundreds if not thousands of images your digital camera and you produce? Things can soon get out of hand and very disorganize if there isn't a system in place to manage and organize all those files.
Luckily there are some great software packages and online companies that will help you to sort your image files into a manageable order. No more hours wasted looking for that one picture of Timmy at the Eiffel Tower.
Archiving your images and making sure that you never lose them should also be something the photographer puts high priority on. Again there are many options for protecting your images from loss, both for the amateur and professional photographer.