Professional Wildlife Photographer Lilly Goga’s Must-Have Photography Accessories for 2019
If you are unsure of what your next photography accessory is, look no further. Whether you are traveling to exotic locations or staying close to home; here’s a list of the things you should bring to your next photo shoot to help you capture engaging shots, according to New York Film Academy graduate and professional wildlife photographer Lilly Goga.
UV Filter — This is an essential protection tool for those pricey camera lenses. Once you’ve selected the best lens for your camera, protect it from the elements and emergencies using a UV Filter. Lilly Goga says that she never leaves the house without her UV filter, particularly when she is photographing remote wildlife.
Screen Protectors — To take care of your camera’s digital screen, try a screen protector. You wouldn’t take your phone out of your pocket without one, and you shouldn’t be running around with your camera unprotected either!
Tripod — If you are taking photos in low or no-light, a tripod is a must-have. It will also help you better capture action shots and portraits as well. If you’re considering traveling with your camera, Lilly Goga says there are travel tripods available, which are smaller and lighter, with traveling cases to keep them safe.
Replacement Camera Strap — This is a small item and easy to pack away, but it’s worth having a spare just in case! You never know what might happen and the last thing you want in the middle of a shoot is to worry about your camera’s safety.
Wireless Shutter Release — This is a must-have accessory for all photographers. If you don’t have one, you’ll notice it improves your game dramatically anytime you are using a tripod, including for night shots, portraits, or other hard-to-capture photos.
Collapsible Reflector — To get the best out of your light, Lilly Goga recommends using a light reflector on your next photo shoot. If you add a reflector stand, you can go hands-free when using it!
Memory Card Wallet — To make sure you keep your photo memory cards safe and separated, check out the storage options now available to make sure you don’t misplace this all-important digital photo storage tool.
External Hard Drive — When you start amassing a ton of photos, you’ll be surprised at how much digital memory they take up. Lilly Goga suggests utilizing a new hard drive that’s specifically for your photos to help solve this problem and to keep them safely stored away.
Lens Pen — This is really a must have accessory. You should be keeping a few of these lens pens handy at each shoot, stashed in your bag, pockets, or purse. Lens pens are used to clean dust and smudges off your lens and will help you take the perfect shot.
Rocket Blower — Another great tool for lens cleaning is a rocket blower. These high-tech tools shoot a burst of air to get that hard-to-reach grit. Lilly Goga says that rocket blowers are a necessity when photographing nature, the elements can really take a toll on your lens and its important to keep them clean.
Camera Bag — Now that you’ve collected the must-have items for your camera and photo shoots, don’t forget to buy a place to keep them all stored safely together, so you don’t forget anything. It’s best to have a separate bag for your camera and accessories, that’s packed and ready to go whenever you are!
Photo Software — Don’t skimp on your editing software. There are a lot of low-cost tools and software out there to help. Once you’ve taken great photos, make them fantastic using the right tech tools. Consider an online tutorial or local photo editing class to improve your photography!
The above list was designed to help beginner or amateur photographers determine what they may need to acquire in-order to elevate their photography skills and experiences. Of course, buying all of these accessories will not make you an instant expert, you must learn how to use each piece of equipment to benefit your photos most.