Accessories Basics: Overview, with RC Concepcion and Pete Collins

From tripods to reflectors to lens filters, you'll not only learn how to use these various accessories, but you'll learn all of the reasons why you would want to add them to your kit.

Join RC Concepcion and Pete Collins as they break down the most important photography accessories you will need to take your photography to the next level. From tripods to reflectors to lens filters, you’ll not only learn how to use these various accessories, but you’ll learn all of the reasons why you would want to add them to your kit.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: The Tripod (Duration 10:05)

When choosing a tripod you'll want to consider its weight, height, and size of footprint.

Lesson 2: The Tripod Head (Duration 04:42)

A high quality tripod is typically sold separately from the tripod head, which is the part that attaches your camera to the tripod.

Lesson 3: The Camera Strap (Duration 04:43)

Even though your camera comes with a strap there are some factors that may make you consider upgrading.

Lesson 4: The Battery Grip (Duration 01:04)

Many DSLRs are able to support an add-on battery grip to increase battery capacity and provide a second shutter button.

Lesson 5: Third-Party Batteries (Duration 00:56)

Having a spare battery is crucial to being able to shoot without interruption. Pete shares some reasons to stick with batteries created by your camera manufacturer over the cheaper aftermarket brands.

Lesson 6: Lens Filters (Duration 04:02)

There are a few filters that go in front of your lens that can really help improve your photography.

Lesson 7: Memory Card Considerations (Duration 01:08)

Whether your camera uses compact flash or secure digital memory cards there are several factors to consider before purchasing the right one for your camera.

Lesson 8: Card Readers (Duration 01:07)

A memory card reader allows you to transfer the photos from your memory card to your computer without tying up your camera during the process.

Lesson 9: Reflectors (Duration 03:05)

A reflector can act as another light source that bounces the available light where you want it to go.

Lesson 10: Remote Triggers (Duration 05:01)

Being able to trip the shutter on your camera without touching the camera can be a real asset in a variety of situations.

Lesson 11: View the Camera LCD in Daylight (Duration 01:27)

Viewing your camera LCD in bright daylight conditions can be a challenge. Using a dedicated loupe can make the job much easier.

Lesson 12: The Camera Bag (Duration 07:44)

While there is no single perfect bag for all occasions there is a wide range of bags to choose from to meet your specific needs.

Lesson 13: Camera Care Kit (Duration 03:01)

From microfiber cloths to air blowers there are a few essential tools that should always live in your bag.

Lesson 14: White Balance Tools (Duration 01:59)

There are a number of tools you can use while shooting to get a more accurate white balance setting.

Lesson 15: Taming Harsh Light (Duration 02:05)

A scrim is a light shaping tool that can soften harsh daylight.

Lesson 16: The Flash (Duration 04:01)

From the pop-up flash on your camera to an external speedlight, there are a number of ways to add light to your scene.

Lesson 17: Conclusion (Duration 00:44)

RC and Pete close out the class with a few tips on where to learn more.

Meet Your Instructor: RC Concepcion

RC is an education and curriculum developer and a “Photoshop Guy” for KelbyOne. An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has 10+ years in the I.T. and…

Meet Your Instructor: Pete Collins

Pete Collins is a "Photoshop Guy" with KelbyOne. He's a designer and photographer who has extensive wedding, events, stock, commercial, portraits experience. Not just an eye for grabbing a great…

2 Comments

  1. Super class, RC and Pete! I am not a beginner but I learned a lot because you can never know too much about all the extra things we need to make our cameras really sing! The beginners series is absolutely incredible and I wish it had been around when I began my photographic journey.

  2. This course was really invaluable. Pete and RC narrowed the maze of photographic accessories to a manageable list of proven products. So helpful that they did all the research and shared this information with us.

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