Are you a photographer on a tight budget and you’re looking for inexpensive photography accessories? Maybe you have that one friend that’s a photographer and you’re looking for photography tools and equipment gift ideas that don’t break the bank.
If you are asking questions like What every photographer should have in their bag? What accessories do I need for DSLR camera? Well you’re in the right place because I’ve compiled a list of ten must-have photography accessories and they’re all under $10.
Overview: 10 Best Photography Accessories Under $10
1. Lens Cleaning Cloth
2. Air Blaster
3. Grey Card
5. Card Holder
6. Jar Opener
7. Colored Gels
8. Gaffers Tape
9. Hotshoe (Tripod Screw) Mount
Number one on the list is lens cleaning cloths. You can never have too many lens cleaning cloths. There are so many different ways your lens can get dirty in the rain, in the snow, the sand, the dust. I have probably without exaggerating a hundred of lens cleaning cloth. They’re fantastic when I go shoot I keep them in my pocket. They’re super cheap, they’re under ten dollars. You can find a pack of them if you want to. I have at least one in every single camera bag when I go shoot. I have them in a variety of colors. There are also ones that you can get that you can clip onto your camera strap and they come in these little pouches to keep them clean then when you need them you just pop them right out and you can fold them right back in.
Number two on the list is air blower. I love these things. They’re great for those places you can’t reach with your lens cleaning cloth. You just squeeze the air blaster and it blasts air onto whatever section of your camera or other gear that you’re trying to clean. If you get dust or sand in little parts that you can’t reach with the cloth you can clean them with this air blaster.
You don’t want to be blowing on any part of your camera especially anything in your sensor area. You don’t want any moisture to get in there and you definitely don’t want to be using those cans of compressed air. With compressed air you can easily damage your sensor and freeze components of your camera just, it’s a bad idea. It’s so much simpler to get one of these air blasters and they’re under ten dollars which is awesome.
Number three on the list is a grey card. I love having a grey card. They’re fantastic for getting amazing color. So that you remember what your color was on the scene even if you’re shooting raw you want to remember exactly what your proper color balance was when you were shooting the photo. You can also use the center some of them have crosshairs on them for getting focus and some great cards are super awesome and fold up and fit right in your pocket. On the back of some grey cards, they have a little bounce card so you can do some cool effects with some fill light.
Number four on the list are the clamps. These clamps come in handy all the time, they’re super cheap. I always carry one or two in my bag. They’re great if you want to hang something like a backdrop on a C-Stand or you need something attached to your tripod real quick or maybe you have to wind up cords and you don’t want them getting unwound just throw a quick clamp on it and this solves a lot of problems. When you’re out in the field and you have no way to keep things together or maybe keep something held down if it’s windy or clamp something onto your camera bag when you’re traveling.
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The next one on my list is SD card holders or CF card holders. The biggest thing is that you keep your cards protected. Because the SD Card is where all of your work sits. In this tiny little piece of plastic that’s super fragile and can easily get lost or damaged. I want this little thing in one of the bigger cases that I can find. If it’s bustling around in my camera bag I’m not gonna lose it. If it happens to fall out I’ll notice it. But in card holder, it’s extremely well protected and I can step on it and it’s not going to break. I absolutely love these and they are a must-have for photographers.
Number six on my list is rubber jar openers. I try to keep one of these in every single one of my camera bags. They’re super inexpensive and they don’t take up any room. Have you ever had a UV filter or a polarizer stuck on your lens? and no matter how hard you tried you just can’t get it off? Well, that’s where jar openers come in handy without damaging your lens or your filter. They’re just a great way to get those stuck filters off or anything that gets stuck together. Sometimes I get my tripod head stuck or something like that but that is why jar openers are on my must-have list.
Number seven on my list is colored gels. Now gels are absolute game changers when it comes to photography. They’re just little pieces of I believe polycarbonate and you can throw them directly on top of your light and they’re made out of pretty highly resistant materials to heat. But do be careful if you colored gels directly on the light too long they could melt to your bulb so try and keep them away a little bit.
Let’s say I want to make a sunset a little bit more Orange. I have an orange gel, I can use it as a graduated filter right on top of my lens or directly in front of my light. Gels come in a variety of colors shapes sizes I can use huge gels. Let’s say I wanted to make the light a little more warm use a gel there. Maybe I want to make the light a little bit more cool so I can use another cool gel over there. So gels are an absolute game-changer for photographers and you can easily find some for under ten dollars.
Number eight on my list is gaffers tape. This comes in handy just about as much as a clamp. Something always goes wrong when you’re shooting and that something can almost always be fixed by taping it back together. Gaffers tape is like the duct tape of the photography world. If you don’t have some in your camera bag, you’re wrong. I always carry gaffers tape on every important shoot that I go to and most unimportant shoots that I go to because like I said everything goes wrong at some point something falls apart and it can almost always be fixed by taping it back together. Gaffers tape is super strong you can tape just about anything so pick up a roll of gaffers tape.
One of the best DSLR camera accessories is hotshoe ball head mounts. It comes with a little quarter-twenty screw on top so you can mount a whole bunch of things right onto the hot shoe of your camera. In the past, I’ve mounted GoPros right to the top of my camera. I will mount my Zoom H4n recorder right to the top of my camera so I can plug it in. You can mount just about anything with standard tripod heads. It goes right in your hotshoe mount it locks on and with its ball head I can spin it around and mount things in a bunch of different positions. These things are super useful and under ten dollars.
Last but not least number ten on my list of must-haves photo accessories is a film. Now a film is a little bit more than an accessory in my opinion. Do you know any photographers that still shoot on film? Because you can easily pick them up a couple rolls of film for under ten dollars and they will be extremely grateful. If you’re a photographer and you haven’t played with film yet I highly recommend it because it’s a completely different experience and it’s a great learning opportunity and it’s just a lot of fun.
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