Camera Accessories - Exposure Meters, Tripods and Bags
While almost all cameras made today have built in exposure meters, some photographers still rely on hand-held types, especially to produce incident-light readings (of your light falling about the subject), preferring this to built in meters, which read the light reflected through the subject. Some hand-held meters also offer far higher accuracy, especially spot meters, which read reflected light from a very narrow field of view - commonly 1° or less.
Flash meters are meant to measure electronic flash exposures. Most modern hand-held meters can measure flash exposures along with ambient light and, indeed, indicate the balance between the two. A flash meter is an important accessory for serious still-life and portrait work.
The best tripods are heavy, large, and rigid, while small, lightweight ones are frequently alongside useless. As a rough guide, a tripod should weigh no less than just as much as the heaviest item you put into it. For the best balance between weight and stability, search for those made from carbon-fibre. A great, less-expensive compromise is actually a tripod created from aluminum alloy. Really small tabletop tripods are handy for steadying your camera, and shoulder stocks, which allow the camera to get braced against your shoulder, might help reduce camera shake.
Modern, padded soft bags' combine high amounts of protection with h lightweight construction: those from Lowepro, Tamrac, Tenba, Domke, and Billingham are very likely to give excellent service for a long time. For function in highly challenging conditions, or maybe your equipment must travel in cargo holds or about the backs of trucks, a tough case is most beneficial.