Accessories Basics: Overview By RC Concepcion

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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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When choosing a tripod you'll want to consider its weight, height, and size of footprint.
A high quality tripod is typically sold separately from the tripod head, which is the part that attaches your camera to the tripod.
Even though your camera comes with a strap there are some factors that may make you consider upgrading.
Many DSLRs are able to support an add-on battery grip to increase battery capacity and provide a second shutter button.
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.
There are a couple of essential filters for landscape photography.
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.
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.
Reflectors are a very useful, low cost, and low tech tool for enhancing natural light portraits.
Being able to trip the shutter on your camera without touching the camera can be a real asset in a variety of situations.
Viewing your camera LCD in bright daylight conditions can be a challenge. Using a dedicated loupe can make the job much easier.
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.
From microfiber cloths to air blowers there are a few essential tools that should always live in your bag.
There are a number of tools you can use while shooting to get a more accurate white balance setting.
A scrim is a light shaping tool that can soften harsh daylight.
From the pop-up flash on your camera to an external speedlight, there are a number of ways to add light to your scene.
RC and Pete close out the class with a few tips on where to learn more.
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RC Concepcion

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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 ecommerce industries. RC spends his days developing content within the entire Adobe Creative Suite. RC has held training seminars in the U.S., Europe, ...

  1. Profile photo of DavidH2154 DavidH2154

    I found this course helpful to understand the power of Adobe Acrobat that I have used many times as a content consumer but not as a content creator.

    I noticed there are two editing errors:
    1.At the start of “Adding Articles”, there is a long pause and then RC introduces the video twice i.e. starts it again. It needs trimming from the beginning to the correct “In” point.
    2. Similarly at the start of “Creating a Form”, RC introduces it as Indesign and then loops back to restart it correctly referring to Acrobat. The intro referencing Indesign belongs in the “Out-takes”

    The only other thing I would add to the course is to extend the section on Forms to cover the typical use case of distributing to end users. To be more specific about the security settings that one should use for forms to be distributed to other people (RC mentioned it in passing in the Securing Your Document” but should be more explicit. And also a comment that loops back to whether a person with only Reader can fill in the forms and print or save the results and any gotchas. I know I can experiment with that, but it would be more complete to add one more section to the course to cover that off.