In this article, we are going to take a look at the underrated products professional photographers recommend everyone should have in their kit. Photographers often have to think outside the box to create the best gear kit for them. Depending on the genre of photography that they shoot, there is a list of standard and essential items. These are from your typical photography gear shopping list available at a well-stocked camera store like Georges Cameras. But often, the photography gear shopping list goes well beyond the standard camera, lenses and batteries. You need to look at your workflow and identify the gaps that hold you back. The next step is to build out your accessories kit to optimise your processes, efficiencies and outcomes.
While you may think that professional photographers stick to the high-profile gear, you’d be wrong. Most professional photographers have a bespoke collection of gear to make the most of their workflow. We are talking about the kind of gear that doesn’t make the headlines. What’s more, many photographers carry products, tools and items that you don’t always find in a camera store. So we thought we should take a look at the most underrated products that you need as a photographer.
But don’t just take our word for it – we called in some expert help. We recently caught up with lifestyle photographer Oliver and German beauty photographer Felix to discuss their top underrated products. Lucky for you, we filmed them discussing each of their favourite underrated products in detail. You can check out that video here or head on over to the Georges Cameras TV YouTube channel for this and more awesome videos. Let’s take a look at the most underrated products that you need as a photographer.
Felix’s Top Underrated Products
Felix is a beauty photographer based in Germany. While he is passionate about photography, he is not your typical photographer – both in his craft and the equipment he uses. Apart from some excellent, underrated photography equipment such as a good quality USB tethering cable, a steady portable tripod, and a premium reflector, don’t be surprised if you also end up finding a roll of gaffer tape and portable UE Bluetooth speaker in his kit! Now, let us have a look at some of Felix’s favourite underrated products in more detail:
Tether Tools Tetherpro USB-C to USB-C 4.6m Orange Cable
A good quality tethering cable is essential in every photographer’s kit – especially if you want to work in a studio environment. And when it comes to top-notch USB and tethering cables, Tether Tools is one brand to rely on. One such fantastic product from Tether Tools is this bright orange, 4.6m long Tether Tools Tetherpro USB-C to USB-C 4.6m Orange Cable. It allows you to connect your camera, smartphone, or other USB Type-C device to your computer or laptop. Thanks to this USB-C to USB-C cable, you can now seamlessly transfer data from your camera to other connected devices.
The Tether Tools Tetherpro USB-C to USB-C 4.6m Orange Cable supports USB 3.0 for data transfer rates of up to 5 GB/s. The carefully crafted design of the cable is another unique selling point. It features a right-angle connector, which helps lighten the stress on the cable connector. It is fully shielded and plated, which further helps minimise signal interference. Keep in mind that the cable has been designed specifically for data transfer and not for charging devices.
Rather than struggling to view your images on the small LCD screen, use the Tether Tools Tetherpro USB-C to USB-C 4.6m Orange Cable to transfer them to your laptop or tablet. Here, you can view the images in a larger, higher-resolution format, helping you review them better.
Sirui T-024SK Tripod
A tripod offers you all the added stability you require while capturing your shots. Stability can either make or break the pictures you capture, which is why you need to have a reliable tripod in your kit. We can entirely rely on Felix’s recommendation of the Sirui T-024SK Tripod for two reasons; first, because Felix has recommended it. The second reason is that this fantastic tripod comes from the reputed brand Sirui.
The Sirui T-024SK Tripod is especially handy if you are a photographer who is always on the move. It is lightweight, durable, and just the right size. With this, the tripod becomes very easy to handle and pack. It offers the necessary support to your camera despite its compact design. Be sure to check out some of the other great tripods we have here!
Each leg of the Sirui T-024SK Tripod features four sections that come with three twist locks. The locks help to secure the tripod in the position you want. Likewise, the tripod’s legs can be folded up by 180 degrees, allowing you to collapse it to a height of 40cm. The Sirui T-024SK Tripod features an adjustable centre column. For additional stability, you also have a small hook in the centre to mount a weight. The tripod features the B-00K ball head, which operates in a smooth and noiseless manner. It has a maximum payload capacity of 6 kg.
Phottix 120cm 5-in-1 Premium Reflector
If you wish to fill in shadows and add depth and tonality to your photos and videos, the Phottix 120cm 5-in-1 Premium Reflector is quite convenient. It features a reversible sleeve with gold, silver, black, and white surfaces around a translucent white disc. You can pick the reflector depending on the type of look you want to create. You can easily use the Phottix 120cm 5-in-1 Premium Reflector to block light, subtract reflected light, create a shadow or a balanced lighting ratio.
For a bright and sunny look, choose the gold reflector. For a cooler contrast look, you can pick the silver reflector. Likewise, the white side provides a soft, neutral reflectance, while the black reflector absorbs light. Lastly, the translucent disk is a quick fix to absorb any harsh light source or contrast you may encounter while shooting on a bright day.
The Phottix 120cm 5-in-1 Premium Reflector is remarkably compact and lightweight. You can set it easily and also fold it down quickly. When folded, the reflector contracts to one-third of its size, allowing you to store and move it quickly.
Oliver’s Top Underrated Products
Oliver is a lifestyle photographer and is very popular for his aesthetically pleasing portrait photographs. He believes that you also need to have proper photography gear and the skill to capture emotions. Apart from the expensive cameras and lenses he owns,
Oliver emphasises the importance of small gear, which we sometimes don’t realise. Let’s have a look at some of his favourite underrated equipment: a spring clamp, CPL Filter, C-Stand, Stop Diffuser, and a Light Meter.
Tether Tools Rock Solid A Spring Clamp
There is nothing this multi-purpose Tether Tools Rock Solid A Spring Clamp cannot do! You can attach it to light stands, elbows, boom arms and extend your reach with the help of this spring clamp. The design features a 3/8″ threaded female socket and a 5/8″ threaded male stud receptor.
The Tether Tools Rock Solid A Spring Clamp has a jaw width of 1.5″. Once secure, it can hold various sundry but essential photography equipment such as reflectors and bounce cards. Anything that fits within the width of 1.5″ can be easily grasped by the spring clamp.
You can also fasten the Tether Tools Rock Solid A Spring Clamp round flat objects such as tree branches or fence posts. The spring clamp also works well with tables, mount flashes, small cameras, among other accessories using the socket and stud.
Nisi 77mm S+ MC CPL Filter
Lens glare and reflection are familiar, especially in outdoor photography. Both these external elements are a result of reflection from a non-metallic surface and can quickly spoil images. In this case, you need the help of a filter to keep out excess light, which will reduce reflection and glare. One such exceptional filter is the Nisi 77mm S+ MC CPL Filter.
Sunlight is naturally polarised as it reflects off electrons in air molecules, resulting in a haze. The Nisi 77mm S+ MC CPL Filter arranges and filters this polarised light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing its absorption. It results in the reduction of glare and reflections from non-metallic surfaces and an increase in saturation.
The Nisi 77mm S+ MC CPL Filter. is waterproof and features NiSi’s reputed Nano Coating. It makes it well suited for outdoor usage. The Nano Coating also helps to protect the lens from smudges and oil or finger marks.
Avenger A2033LKIT C-Stand
Constructed from chrome-plated steel, this Avenger A2033LKIT C-Stand features a sliding leg. Thanks to this feature, the Avenger A2033LKIT C-Stand stays firm and secure on uneven surfaces such as stairs or hillsides, too. It provides excellent support for accessories such as light heads, flags, and reflectors.
Along with the sliding legs, you have spring-loaded legs that fold away. It saves space and adds to the portability of the stand. The captive ‘T’ shaped handles are secure and do not come off quickly when unscrewed.
The Avenger A2033LKIT C-Stand arm also has a built-in grip-head and can easily hold any accessories you fix on it. The grip head supports and holds grip arms, scrims, and flags. It also has a non-slip T-Top rubber grip handle cover that offers a firm grasp. The stand is tough, durable, sturdy, and well-suited for indoor as well as outdoor usage.
Lastolite Skylite Fabric Small 1.1×1.1m 1.25 Stop Diffuser
This large-stop Lastolite Skylite Fabric Small 1.1×1.1m 1.25 Stop Diffuser features a diffusion material that takes the edge off a natural light source. It ensures that the quality of light entering your frame is crisp and clear, resulting in flawless images. The new fabric combinations offer maximum versatility. It also features attached Rapid Clips for quick setup and breakdown. The new clip feature is 50% faster than the previous version.
The Skylite Rapid Covers are compatible with original frames, which adds to their usability. Lastly, the Lastolite Skylite Fabric Small 1.1×1.1m 1.25 Stop Diffuser is easy to fold away, making it easy to store and carry around. For the best results, all you have to do is place the diffuser as close to the subject as possible to increase light intensity.
Also, make sure the Lastolite Skylite Fabric Small 1.1×1.1m 1.25 Stop Diffuser tilts away from the sun; this dramatically reduces the amount of light that reaches the subject.
Sekonic Speedmaster Light Meter
Packed with advanced features and capabilities, this Sekonic Speedmaster Light Meter is one of the most essential tools for every photographer and videographer out there. The light meter can take an accurate incident and reflected light readings of both flash and ambient light with an expanded measuring range of -5 to 22.9 EV at ISO 100. The integrated spot viewfinder with a complete information display provides a precise method of measuring specific parts of a scene.
The High-Speed Sync (HSS) support allows photographers to accurately take readings while using the HSS with their cameras and flashlights. The best part about the Sekonic Speedmaster Light Meter is that it is intuitive and easy to use. It features a 2.7″ colour touchscreen LCD that allows you to view and change settings quickly. The all-weather dust-and-splash-proof design makes it suitable for outdoor usage, too.
The Sekonic Speedmaster Light Meter also has a range of additional features such as expanded shutter speed ranges, a comprehensive set of cinema modes, optional radio modules, and improvised sensitivity. Each of these contributes to a seamless user experience.
As you can see, even professional photographers carry some pretty unique products in their kits. Have you considered any of these underrated products for your photography workflow or camera bag? Fortunately for you, Georges Cameras has an unbelievable range of photography products – both highly acclaimed and underrated. Head in-store or jump online today to complete your photography kit with the best products for you.