Essential Upgrades for Beginner DSLR Users

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A Gorillapod
Gorillapods are tripods with flexible legs. The flexibility allows for easier positioning of the camera at certain angles. Additionally, a camera can be wrapped around a pole or other surface this way.


I personally ditched mine for a long time because of the fact that I shoot with prime lenses or image stabilized lenses until I found another great use for mine. Gorillapods are excellent for wireless flash or light setups because of their ability to be placed nearly anywhere. Whenever I do a shoot that requires use of my wireless strobes, I always bring gorillapods with me because of the fact that I really don’t like large tripods or stands for lights. Granted, they are inescapable when I need to fire into umbrellas, but gorillapods can still tackle most tasks.

A New Strap
This won’t be necessary for everyone, but the parent that is shooting their child’s soccer game or playoffs for football season will perhaps take great value in having a faster and more versatile camera strap. Great examples of these are the Black Rapid R-Strap or the Sun-Sniper camera strap.

These straps work different by screwing into the tripod mount of your camera and then allowing it to hang freely at your hip. In turn, the photographer has faster access to their camera when they need to auto focus in order to get the shot.

If you do perhaps get a longer zoom lens with a tripod mount on it, you can always screw the strap onto the lens instead.

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