What Should Be in Your Camera Bag?
Looking for photography accessories? Here are some interesting and useful camera add-ons that can make life easier for any camera owner--and even improve their photos.
ReadySteady Camera Stabilizer -- $30
A simple yet ingenious device, the ReadySteady will noticeably reduce unwanted movement of a camera, making pans, tilts, and static shots much more effective.
The Collapsible Camera Extender -- $25
The Collapsible Camera Extender is tiny but extends to great lengths, thus providing an easy way for you to get everybody in a group shot or to position your camera above the heads in the crowd.
White Balance Lens Cap -- $45 to $65
The White Balance Cap is the easiest and most effective way to obtain white balance. Just snap a picture with the lens cap on while in custom white balance mode, and you'll create a perfect profile of the actual lighting around you. Best of all, you can replace your normal lens cap with it, and it won't take any extra room in your bag.
Bottle Cap Tripod -- $10
The Bottle Cap Tripod easily fits in your pocket, bag, or jacket. It can turn just about any bottle into a tripod in a matter of seconds, leaving you with great shots in almost any situation.
Gorillapod Tripod -- $20 to $50
The clever Gorillapod Tripod comes in three models: One is magnetic, another can support up to 6.6 pounds (for all you SLR folks with huge lenses), and the third is the original design. You can bend any of the models to make them cling to just about anything they can wrap around, which gives you much more photography freedom.
GoPro Chest Mount Harness -- $40
Ever wanted to record your entire life? If so, the GoPro Chest Mount Harness will probably get you the best angle. In more-realistic applications, putting your camera in one of these could help you capture some cool action photos. Just don't block the shot with your arms.
Ikelite Underwater Flip Housing -- $260
The Ikelite Underwater Housing will protect your Flip camcorder in any environment, allowing you to capture moments that few others can. It's great for the pool, scuba diving, surfing, or anything involving water, and it comes with a filter lens for filming deeper than 15 feet underwater. The only drawback is that it costs more than the Flip camera.