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10 Camera Bag Must-Haves for the New Photographer

There are many items to consider purchasing to go along with your new camera, and this post serves to just highlight some of the most common and most useful ones. If you are just starting out, be sure to equip yourself with the necessary items to help you use your camera properly, all while taking the most professional photos you can – right from the beginning! We’ve rounded up our top 10 camera bag must-haves to help start you on your photography journey.


These thin filters are pieces of glass that fit over the front of your camera lens and can protect your lens. Use a polarizing filter to make clouds pop or eliminate glare from water surfaces, or use a graduated neutral density filter to shoot at wide under bright conditions. Consider variable neutral density filters if you want to be able to vary the amount of light entering the camera.


There is a reason they call this lens the “nifty fifty”. This lens is a great value and an affordable lens investment. It’s light weight, great in low-light, can produce a nice bokeh, and extremely versatile. In terms of compositions, the 35mm lens might be the closest to the focal composition of the human eye, and it is why it is commonly used in movies. You can’t be lazy with this lens (you’ll have to physically move around to get your shot) but it’s incredibly versatile – landscapes, portraits, travel shots, street photography, product photography – try it out and see.


When buying a memory card consider things like the capacity, reliability, speed, and always carry a backup card.


It’s good to know how to set the custom white balance on your camera so that you can get really true-to-color shots, no matter what sort of light you might find yourself shooting in. A white balance card in is a must-have in your camera bag and its sturdy design allows you to also tie it onto your bag for easy access. (It can also be nice to have a black and neutral grey card.)


Reflectors are used to bounce light from a window or other light source, and erases harsh shadows and uneven lighting. You want to get everything as perfect as possible before you get to the editing phase so that you’re only doing minor touch-ups, and getting the lighting right is extremely important.


If you’re going to be taking your photography seriously, you have to have a tripod. If you ever want to shoot in low light or with a slower shutter speed, shaky hands will ruin every shot. Also, shooting at strange angles or very low or high heights can make it difficult to replicate a shot for multiple images.


An extra battery will most definitely come in handy. You never want to be out, maybe traveling or shooting an event, and have your battery go dead on you. Instead, make sure you have a backup so that you don’t miss any moments or have to spend valuable time charging. Also, did you know batteries don’t last long when shooting in cold temperatures? Go prepared and back a second backup battery.


A remote allows you to take pictures of yourself without having to click the 10-second timer and sprint across the room. It is also useful for shots in low light or a slow shutter speed to reduce camera shake that comes with pushing the shutter release.


A solid understanding of off-camera flash (external flash) is one of the big steps you can take to elevate your photography to the next level. Your camera “communicates” with one or more external flashes to light the scene via a remote method.


After blowing the dust off your lens, use a soft, lint-free microfiber cloth to wipe off any fingerprints, smudges, or water droplets. Microfiber wipes are soft enough to prevent scratches and the alcohol evaporates really quickly without leaving residue on the lens. Bonus: They’re great for cleaning your glasses, phone, and computer screen, too!

Need help picking out your camera gear? Our in-store experts are happy to help you attain that professional look or answer any questions. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Camera Land is here for you. Want to learn more about photography? Consider taking one of our classes. Visit our Learning Center for a list of class offerings. For more information, give us a call at 516-217-1000 or visit our website at  www.

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