Photography doesn’t have to be expensive.
This is a list of 24 best photography accessories we found that are also affordable and will do the job just as good as more expensive gear. Some will help you at taking more professional pictures, while others are accessories for before/after photographing, like transferring the shots, setting up the background or to use your equipment wirelessly.
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Quick list of our 24 best photography accessories:
1. Neewer 5-in-1 Light Reflectors
2. Neewer TT560 Flash
3. Tripod – Dolica AX620 62″
4. Magic Fiber Cleaning Cloth
5. Lighting Cube for Studio Photography
6. Rain Cover for Camera and Lens Setup
7. Wireless Remote Control
8. Neewer Flash Softbox
9. Stabilized for Video Recording
10. Prime Lenses
11. Giotto Rocket Air Blower
12. LimoSTudio 700W Studio Photography Kit
13. Lexar Professional 32GB SD Memory Card
14. Lexar Professional 64GB CF Memory Card
15. USB 3.0 SD Card Reader
16. Wireless Transmitter & Receiver Flash Trigger
17. Altura Camera Backpack
18. Entry Level DSLR Camera
19. Seagate 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
20. USB 3.0 Flash Drive
21. Macro Extension Tubes
22. Neewer CN-160 Video Light
23. B+W Lens Filters
24. NIX Digital Photo & Video Frame
The Neewer 5-in-1 Light Reflector is the cheapest yet most effective way to make your shots look way more professional, as you’re able to directly send to light to wherever you want. You can either bounce the flash or natural sunlight, and use any of the 5 different colors to make the shot look brighter/warmer/softer (perfect for portrait and product photography).
The Neewer TT560 Flash is hands down the best flash out there and it works with Canon, Nikon, Pentax and all other DSLR cameras! It’s also way more affordable than their official flashes, and is just as powerful and easy to use.
I think every photographer should have a tripod, it’s the easiest and most effective way of getting sharp images. A tripod like the Dolica AX620 62″ is a must for long exposure photography (stars, fireworks etc.) but is also a big plus in landscape, studio, real estate and architecture photography. Combined with a wireless remote, your images can be 100% blur-free.
Also recommended: Joby GorillaPod Tripod
If you happen to get any visible marks/fingerprints on your lens, LCD screen or similar devices, a Magic Fiber Cloth (6 included) is excellent for cleaning until it looks better than new. It’s also washable in case you get it dirty.
If you’d like to photograph smaller objects but don’t have the necessary studio equipment or a lot of light, the Neewer Studio Light Cube will nicely soften any available light and make your product shots look more professional. You also get 4 different colored backgrounds.
If you often shoot outdoors and enjoy taking pictures of nature, wildlife and love exploring, chances are your photography trip stops when the weather conditions get bad. To protect your camera and lens, and to get even more amazing shots, we recommend you to get a cheap but solid Altura Rain Cover.
If you’re into landscape, night or slow shutter speed photography, you know it’s impossible to hold the shutter button for seconds without causing the camera to slightly move. This is where a wireless remote control such as the Pixel RW-221 (Canon) comes handy as it allows you to wirelessly control your camera’s shutter button.
Get the Pixel RW221 for Nikon DSLRs here.
Also check out the Amazon’s Remote Control that goes for just $8.49. It’s lighter, smaller and way simpler (better for casual photography and group shots).
It’s rarely recommended to fire a flash directly onto your subject as it just makes the shot look amateurish. You’re much better of with a cheap softbox like the Neewer Translucent Softbox that you simply attach to the front of your flash and the rest is history. It makes the light softer and doesn’t make those harsh shadows you’re used to seeing.
Record lots of videos with your DSLR? If you ever tried to record smooth moving scenes or simply wanted as minimum shake as possible, it’s quite hard to do it the way we originally hold a DSLR. The Roxant Pro Stabilizer is a cheap accessory that supports all cameras (DSLR, GoPro, phones etc.) up to 2.1lbs, meaning as long as you don’t use a telephoto lens on it you’re ready to go.
10. Prime Lenses
Prime lenses are sharper than most zoom lenses, and are way cheaper as well. Their bigger apertures also allow you to get a blurry background and/or shoot in low light without any issues.
Using a blower like the Giotto AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster is the easiest, safest and cheapest way of cleaning your lenses and filters (simply blow the air to remove dust).
The LimoStudio 700W Studio Photography Kit comes with everything you need in order to start your own studio photography! This kit comes with lights, softbox reflectors, light holders and a carrying bag. Best of all, the complete kit costs less than $75.
Also recommended: LimoStudio 600W Kit
13. SD Memory Card
You can never have too many memory cards. The Lexar Professional 32GB 1000x card supports up to 150MB/s reading speed and is blazing fast in any camera. If you take lots of pictures or 4K videos, this is your best option. There are also bigger sizes available, and they all come with a downloadable Image Rescue 5 software in case you accidentally delete your shots.
14. CF Memory Card
In case your camera uses CF cards or perhaps both CF and SD, the Lexar Professional 64GB 1066x is even faster than the card above. It’s perfect for both thousands of still images and loads of video recording, Full HD or 4K. It’s our most recommended CF card on all of our lists!
Transferring images directly from your camera can be a slow process, especially if your camera supports USB 2.0 only. Get yourself a Transcend USB 3.0 Reader for $6 and save tons of time.
Using an external flash on your camera is better than using the built-in one, but the real fun starts when you use that flash off the camera. You can position the light wherever you want and even fire multiple flash units at the same time. The Phottix Wireless Flash Trigger Set works on all cameras that have a hot shoe mount and is really easy to set up. If you’re into portrait, product and studio photography, this is a must.
17. Camera Backpack
The Altura Photo Camera Backpack is great for carrying your DSLR with 2 extra lenses and a bunch of other accessories. It’s lightweight and perfect for traveling, and is designed so you don’t have to take it off every time you’d like to use the camera (it can easily be rotated to the front of your body).
Also recommended: AmazonBasics Backpack
You can see the most popular DSLR cameras here.
The Seagate 1TB Hard Drive easily has the best price/performance ratio, with 1TB and USB 3.0 (also supports 2.0) which is enough for storing around 200,000 shots and hours of video footage. All of my disks are from Seagate and I’ve never had any issues.
It’s always handy to have a USB with you, even for non photography purposes. The Samsung 64GB USB 3.0 is also waterproof, shockproof and X-ray proof.
If you’re thinking about buying a macro lens but don’t know if it’s really for you, for $15 you can get Fotodiox Macro Extension Tubes (Canon) and as long as you’re not shooting in low light, the quality is actually amazing! Got a Nikon? Check out the Xit Auto Focus Macro Tubes.
22. Video LED Light
The Neewer CN-160 Video Light is perfect for recording videos on a budget, especially when done indoors in bad light. Simply put it on your camera and choose between the full power or put on a diffuser to make the light softer.
23. Lens Filters
You’ve probably heard that it’s better to break a $15 filter than a $600 lens, and it’s true. Scratches, water, dust, you don’t want any of this on the front element of your lens, which is why buying a filter is a must! Don’t get the cheapest out there though, as they show too much flare and might even degrade the overall quality. Instead, check out the B+W Filters and choose the size for your lens.
A digital photography frame like this is perfect for displaying all of your best shots, either at home, work or an exhibition. It can also display videos up to HD resolution, has a motion sensor and features USB and SD/SDHC memory card slots for easy uploading.