There's a lot more to photography than shooting pictures. By the same token, there's a lot more to photography gear than cameras and lenses. That's why we like to call your attention to those items out there that can make the process of creating awesome images quicker, easier, or just more fun. Here are a few items you might not have realized you need yet. The best part is, these goodies won't break the bank!
If you're printing your own photos, you're going to need a good cutter at some point. Whether you need to print a bunch of 5 x 7's for your office wall or crank out a hundred or so wallet size prints of those graduation shots for the family, scissors just aren't practical and that old paper cutter is a pain. This rotary trimmer is a lightweight, precision instrument that makes the job easy and it handles paper up to 12” long. Every digital darkroom should have one.
Promaster Neoprene Gear Wraps
When you're dealing with sensitive and expensive photo equipment, you can never have too much protection. These heavy neoprene wraps give you an extra layer of padding wherever you need it. Just wrap them and secure with the attached Velcro straps. You can use them flat, too, of course, and they store easily. You'll find a dozen ways to use these, from foiling the luggage handlers to resting your camera and lens for those low-angle shots. Get the sizes you need:
While we're talking about protecting your gear, let's not forget about rain, dust and all those other nasty things that Mother Nature can throw at it. Vortex Media has a full line of storm jackets designed to protect your camera and lenses from all the elements, including UV rays. There are too many colors and sizes to list here, so go take a look at the selection here.
Sooner or later, you're going to find yourself needing to transfer files from your memory card to a computer without a slot available. Toss this in your camera bag and that problem is solved in a big way. This reader keeps your cards safely covered while providing fast, USB 3 transfers, even from 2 cards at the same time. It's plug & play, compatible with older USB 2 ports and it works with all SD card sizes.
OK, maybe you don't really need this one – or do you? Next time the photo club meets at your place, serve their drinks with ice cubes in 3D camera, lens and flash shapes. Let's face it, it's not any cheesier than that lens mug you're drinking your coffee out of. Admit it – you want this.
That's it for now, kids. We'll keep our eyes open and bring you some more cool stuff soon!