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A Guide to Accessories for DSLRs

Learn what to use to make your DSLR experience the best it can be.
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Created by Michael Andrew
Last updated 10/2014
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion

This course covers DSLR accessories that you may be interested in if you recently purchased a camera. This is a comprehensive course, and you don't need any more information than basic information about DSLRs. If you're feeling lost about what kind of accessories you should buy for your needs, this is the course for you!

Accessories are helpful (and often essential) for many types of shooting scenarios. Additionally, each kind of DSLR accessory is different and is used in different settings. We'll discuss what kinds of accessories there are and how each are used, especially with different kinds of situations and techniques.

This course is chock full of helpful resources within the lesson videos, including links to helpful third-party websites, diagrams, and hands-on examples.

Below is the full course index:

Section 1: Introduction – Learning from the Start

  • Introduction (1:20)
  • The Essentials (5:11)
  • Kit Lenses and Finding the Right Gear (7:26)
  • Memory Cards (6:53)
  • Worthwhile Investments (9:56)
  • Photographer’s Contract Maker (2:48)

Section 2: Gear Maintenance

  • Storage Solutions and Cleaning Your Gear (9:34)
  • Deep Cleaning Lenses (8:24)
  • Cleaning the Sensor (5:55)

Section 3: Support and Stabilization

  • Tripods (7:50)
  • More Types of Stabilization (7:20)
  • Straps (2:00)

Section 4: Lenses and Lens Accessories

  • Lens Crash Course (7:37)
  • Lens Accessories (9:34)
  • Filters (6:17)

Section 5: Light

  • External Flashes, Reflectors, and More (8:18)
  • Studio Lighting Gear (8:52)
  • Four-Way Studio Lighting (3:45)

Section 6: Conclusion

  • Miscellaneous Accessories (8:58)
  • Wrap Up and Conclusion (1:21)

At a comfortable pace, the course should take about half a week to complete, though it can certainly be done in less or greater time, depending on your learning style.

You should be familiar with some basic terminology regarding accessories, such as "lens," and "tripod," though these terms will be explained in the course.

Ultimately, it's our end goal to prepare you to have a clear idea of what kind of accessories you need, and for you to know what the best kind of equipment is, and how to use, maintain, and enjoy it. If you've been waiting to learn about the kinds of DSLR accessories you'll need in photography, we look forward to seeing you in this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for everyone who wants to learn about the various types of DSLR accessories.
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What Will I Learn?
You will have a clear idea of what kind of accessories you need.
You will be able to know what the best kind of equipment is, and how to use, maintain, and enjoy it.
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  • The information presented in this course won't be as useful if you don't already own a DSLR.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 02:08:59
Introduction — Learning from the Start
6 Lectures 33:14

Welcome to the course! A common question made by many beginning photographers is which accessories they should purchase. We'll begin answering that question right here. Be sure to check the index for a full list of the structure of this course (see 'Supplementary Material').


If you can't afford niche equipment and expensive kits, you don't have to worry. Here, we cover the bare minimum essentials for your DLSR.

The Essentials

Lenses are a key element to your DSLR bag. Here, we cover kit lenses and some questions about them. Subsequently, Michael discusses the best place to buy gear.

Kit Lenses and Finding the Right Gear

Everything you shoot will end up on a memory card. In this lesson, we discuss what kinds of memory cards there are and finding the best ones to suit your needs.

Memory Cards

Should I get a better body or a better lens? What kinds of software should I buy? What is an external hard drive? These are all great money-spending questions that Michael addresses in this lesson.

Worthwhile Investments

As a photographer, it is important to have defined contracts to ensure legal security. Michael discusses an app that will allow you to make and sign contracts anywhere you go.

Photographer's Contract Maker
Gear Maintenance
3 Lectures 23:53

Storing your equipment is an essential part of any shoot, and so is keeping gear clean. In this lesson, we discuss these topics in length.

Storage Solutions and Cleaning Your Gear

Never underestimate the importance of keeping lenses clean. In this lesson, we cover the best methods for performing a detailed lens cleaning.

Deep Cleaning Lenses

Cleaning the sensor can be nerve-wracking; it's the most important and delicate part of the body of a camera. Nevertheless, it should be done often. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to clean a camera sensor and how to keep it clean.

Cleaning the Sensor
Support and Stabilization
3 Lectures 17:10

Shooting with a tripod is essential to taking many types of photographs. Here, Michael discusses the types of tripods, the best brands, and how to use them.


Tripods are only the beginning of the diverse kinds of stabilization there are. We'll cover many in this lesson.

More Types of Stabilization

In this lesson, we'll cover straps – an essential camera accessory that will take you places.

Lenses and Lens Accessories
3 Lectures 23:28

Earlier in the video, we briefly discussed kit lenses; cheap glass that usually comes with a camera. Now, we'll dive deeper into the realm of lenses, covering what to look for and what you'll want.

Lens Crash Course

From extenders to filters, lens accessories make your lens even better.

Lens Accessories

Filters can drastically affect the composition of your shots. In this lesson, we'll cover what filters are and how to use them.

3 Lectures 20:55

External flash units, reflectors, and other light accessories are fantastic resources when natural light isn't sufficient. In this lesson, we'll cover many of these accessories.

External Flashes, Reflectors, and More

Studio lighting can be intimidating, but we'll tackle the challenge and explain many types of studio lighting that you might consider adapting to your use.

Studio Lighting Gear

Let's put some of this equipment we have been discussing to use. In this tutorial, Michael demonstrates a four-way studio lighting setup.

Four-Way Studio Lighting
2 Lectures 10:19

There is a lot we haven't covered, so we'll do so here. From backdrops to transmitters, here are some accessories you'll want to have.

Miscellaneous Accessories

Congratulations! We have strived to give you as much information about DSLR accessories as possible, and we wish you the best of luck shooting in the future.

Wrap Up and Conclusion
About the Instructor
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Michael the Maven (Michael Andrew) is an American photographer and photography instructor and specializes in photography instruction for beginners. He has a Youtube Photography Channel under the name of Michael The Mentor which has over 131,000 subscribers and 16,000,000 views. His "Epic Shootout" videos compare competing cameras abilities, informing buyers which is best for them.

Michael has been a professional portrait and wedding photographer for over 11 years, with his work appearing on multiple occasions in Alabama Weddings Magazine, including the cover. He has also won many awards for his teaching on the university level, in the field of Biology. Michael combines his expertise of instruction with his knowledge of photography to simplify the learning process for beginning and intermediate photographers.

In the last 6 years, Michael has produced over 35 instructional DVDs on a range of photography topics, including Canon, Nikon, Panasonic and soon Sony cameras, as well as advanced topics including Lighting, Flash, Advanced Techniques, and Busness Courses. Michael also developed the very first Model Release and Contract App for iPhones and Andoid devices photographers called "Photographers Contract Maker".

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