7 Essential DSLR Accessories you Need for Building your Video Kit

Want to create a fantastic video? I understand that you may have been wanting to shoot a superior quality video for quite some time. Unless you come loaded with the right gear, shooting an oscar worthy video seems out of the question.

With some rapid advancements made in technology, DSLR has taken a U turn for the better. Amateurs and those with years of experience under their belt to prove their worth look no further than the first-rate DSLR video accessories.

Having said that, here’s a list of seven essential DSLR video accessories that will help you shoot the best you want:

1.Tripod

You might be living with a perception that a tripod does not seem completely essential, but you have absolutely no idea that this importance piece of accessory can do wonders for your videography. A tripod is a very important part of your video kit. These accessories help you not only shoot steady shots, but achieve smooth camera movements as well.

Why a tripod is essential?

A tripod plays a very crucial role for photographers and those who’ve penetrated into the world of videography as it allows them to hold their camera at precisely the right angle. Moreover, a tripod keeps it absolutely still to achieve pin sharp images and full with detail.

Avoid being tempted for purchasing a inferior quality, fragile tripod. Opting for a flimsy tripod would save you a couple of dollars but the result won’t be a favorable one. Keeping this in mind, you need a strong tripod that can keep your DSLR or mirrorless camera still in a breeze. You won’t want it to move like a jelly every time you touch this flexible accessory or your DSLR.

Buying a tripod?

The weight factor is something you need to emphasize on. It’s important for you to know that the tripod’s weight should always be more than the lens’ and camera’s weight combined. That way you get a solid base for your shiny DSLR. In addition, consider the idea of investing in a good tripod with a “quick release” plate. It’ll allow you to remove the DSLR in no time from the tripod so that you can go handheld. This will do you good when it comes to shooting editorial events.

2. Neutral Density Filters

Any guesses why neutral density filters (one of the most important DSLR video accessories) are so unbelievably popular? Because they allow you to take shots with long exposure during the daytime for blurring cloud or water movement on landscapes. These filters also come in handy when you’re all set to shoot with a very wide aperture in bright light.

A good neutral density filter minimizes the amount of light that’s hitting your sensor without having to change the colors. Neutral density filters or ND filters play a very effective role when it comes to cutting the light on a bright day when you do not want to lose your shallow depth of field.

Working in combination with a tripod, these filters enable you to get much longer exposure times that blur the moving parts of the image, for example: a waterfall.

Filters can be found in two varieties: round and square (or rectangular). Round filters are the ones that screw into the filter head on the lens’ front side and need to be brought in a particular size. Square filters, on the other hand, slide into a holder that rises on the end of a lens.

Why buy round filters?

Not only are round filters quick but easy to use. However, you need to make their purchase in the accurate size for every lens you use. Besides, you need to buy round filters in the largest filter thread you need. You need to use stepping rings for fitting them to your smaller lenses.

Why buy square filters?

Square filters are transferred between lenses with the use of different sized adaptor rings. They only seem to be the most feasible choice when using graduated filters. This is because it’s important for graduation to be located in precisely the right spot over the scene in the viewfinder.

3. Lenses

Professionals gladly call lenses as “glasses”, and they are what the DSLR uses allowing people to see the world. Equipped with great features and light-transmitting speed, they’re versatile pieces of gear that can easily affect the look of your video.

I’d advise you to avoid spending a large amount of money on buying a DSLR, because you’ll needing a top-quality lens as well. No matter how good your DSLR is, it’s no good if it lacks much needed video accressory i.e., a lens.

Don’t you forget your lens is equally as important as your DSLR? High-tech DSLRs will deliver a poor image if they’re paired with an inferior quality lens, so make sure you don’t go for savings over the glass.

Planning to shoot in low-light conditions? If yes, then you need a lens with a low aperture, like f/2.8 or even lower than that. If you’ve got a faster lens, you’ll have more range with your exposure as well as depth-of-field.

There are four types of lenses that you should know, including:

Prime Wide Angle
Prime Standard
Prime Telephoto/Super Telephoto
Zoom Lenses

P.S — Just because you have a zoom, it does not mean that you would not have to move. Zoom lenses can make videographers (who’re just starting out) feel lethargic. No need to get closer to a subject, when you have a great option to zoom in. Isn’t it a bad idea? Keep in mind that it’s always crucial to move around the camera, working your subject and keep experimenting with various angles. When you get closer to the subject it improves composition. By doing so, what you get is a great looking image. You need to use the zoom in a situation when you find it hard to get close enough.

4. Battery

Clicking continuously exhausts the life of a battery in no time. Obviously, you don’t want to shell out a large amount of money traveling to one location and end up not getting the shots you visualized. This will be the last thing on your mind, won’t it? This is the reason why you need to think about the storage and get as many batteries as you can afford.

5. Storage

Capturing video is not a cake walk. You need to make sure the memory card that you use can keep pace with the large amounts of data. Look for professional cards that don’t only have the capacity but speed as well to handle a volume.

The camera uses SF cards and CF cards for storing your captured data. Their speed class and capacity are the prime factors you need to consider when building your video kit.

“Speed class” is how fast the card manages for recording data. For instance, a speed class 2 card would not be able to constantly record HD video for more than 30 seconds.

Well, a card has the capacity to hold only a restricted amount of images. It depends on the chosen images settings. In addition, shooting RAW always means requiring a card with a large capacity.

When it comes to storage capacity, ensure you choose a card with sufficient space for your entire shoot. Don’t forget if the resolution or frame rate you record at is higher, the size of the video file will be larger.

It’s wise to look for a Class 10 card because the more faster the card, the better it is.

6. Shutter Release

Needless to say, using a tripod is the best way to eliminate camera shake. Another way is to use a cable or wireless shutter release. A shutter release (one of the most important DSLR video accessories) will be essential for long exposures, or sharp macro photography. It will even be beneficial for you if you’re getting into the photo with your loved ones (family and friends).

However, you need to be careful when buying this (must-have) accessory. This is because there are several releases that are tailored to particular camera makes and/or models.

A remote release lets you trip the shutter without having to touch the DSLR. There are two types of remote release. First is the type that can connect to a camera via a cable and wireless releases.
Wireless releases are the ones with the advantage of working from a longer range. As you don’t seem physically linked to the DSLR or mirrorless camera, there’s no way you can introduce shake.

7. Camera Bag

If you think you’ll be able to find the right camera bag, believe me when I say that it’s no small task.

Looking for your first bag to store your gear? Then go ahead and grab a camera bag that’s got more space than you possibly think. Just when you start storing your much needed accessories in the bag, you’ll soon be running out of room.

No matter you’ve got a basic collection of video kit, or store rooms packed with lenses and other vital accessories, you’ll definitely need a safe and secure way to carry everything (in convenience) you need for shooting high-quality video.

Shooting solo?

Then considering some of the best rucksack options available will get you the bag with enough room to accumulate all of your video accessories. These bags are designed especially for DSLR videographers.

These camera bags are also the best option for those wanting complete peace of mind. If you’re traveling abroad with your video kit, then there are hard molded plastic cases which are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes offering the best protection to your camera gear.

Final Words

Having the right equipment will bring out the best in you as you go on maneuvering its versatility to your advantage. You need to build the right video kit if you’re looking to the content quality you’ll produce and the efficiency you’ll be producing it with.