There are a wide range of accessories for your DSLR to help you achieve great photography, some are essential, others optional, here's a list of my most frequently used.

Support | Tripod

A tripod is extremely important. Especially if you are shooting in low light or if you need long exposures. Also extreme telephoto photography usually requires a tripod as every tiny movement is greatly magnified. A tripod is also handy if you are shooting multiple exposure shots of the same subject that require combining in image editing software e.g HDR images, that way the subject can be shot in the exact same position.

I use the Olivon TR189, It's a tripod that has served me well for digiscoping, it is strong and can withstand the elements. It also has good low level capabilities.

Also a good tripod head is a bonus, one that allows you to pan and tilt easily with fine adjustment settings, it not as easy as you think to find your subject using a long telephoto lens.

Olivon TR189 Tripod spec s

  • Low level capability, click leg lock, quick release plate with TRH-11 head
  • Maximum Extended height: 189cm
  • Folded length: 55.5cm
  • Weight: 4kg
  • Tripod Max loaded weight: 17kg
  • Head Max loaded weight: 10kg
  • Leg section: 4
  • Leg Diameter: 32mm
  • Leg Material: Aluminium Alloy
  • Colour: Black/

Olivon TRH-11 head specs

  • Colour: Black
  • Height: 11cm
  • Weight: 1100g
  • Max load weight: 10kg
  • Material: Aluminium Alloy
  • Quick release plate included

Other forms of support
Other options to think about to support your camera is a monopod and bean bag, mono pods are great if you don't want the bulk of a tripod, especially if out walking. A beanbag is useful so that you can take advantage of things like fence posts or if you are sitting inside a hide.

A strong tripod is a must if you want to capture sharp images

The Olivon TR189 tripods low level setting is useful when trying to remain concealed and offers further stability in windy conditions

Shutter release cable

Canon RS 60E3

To reduce the risk of camera shake, especially in low light conditions, combined with a tripod, a shutter release cable is invaluable, available as remote controls, electrical and mechanical, the shutter release cable allows you to operate your camera hands free, also the remote control versions mean you can set your camera up in a location and fire the shutter from a distance away - very useful for wildlife photography.

The Canon RS 60E3


Filters can have dramatic effects on your images, some change the mood and feel, whilst others help you to correctly expose a high contrast image. Some are graduated so that only a certain portion of the image is affected - for example the sky. All you need is a filter holder to screw in to the end of your lens, you can then begin to collect a range of filters. At the time of writing this website, the only filters that I own is a range of ND filters (neutral density filters). The ND filter is grey, but it's a neutral grey so whatever light it lets through isn't affected in colour, just in brightness. See the landscape guide for more information.

Camera bag

If your out in the field, a good camera bag is essential to not only transport your photographic equipment but protect it as well. The choice and price variation is huge, and dependent on how much gear you actually own. For me the best option was a rucksack style, big enough to accommodate my telephoto zoom lens and enough room to carry other lenses and equipment, also one which carries your tripod is very useful. Plus for wildlife photography, I find one with quick access to equipment a real bonus. Waterproofing is a bonus as you can't guarantee good weather!

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