The higher the resolution you shoot at, the more space your photos will consume. When you’re taking snapshots it is fine to knock the resolution down to a smaller size, but when shooting in full resolution, images can consume a whopping 20 megabytes to 30 megabytes each. Even a storage card as roomy as 16GB will be full by the time you’ve taken about 550 shots. Savvy photographers keep plenty of extra SD cards on hand, and they make sure they remain in their protective plastic case to avoid getting lost or damaged when not in use.
You could easily shoot several thousand pictures on a weekend, so you'll want secondary storage for offloading shots and freeing up space on those SD cards when you’re done. You can quickly and easily upload pictures to online storage services via Wi-Fi® with a Smart Camera, but if you’re out and about, that may not be an option. A laptop is your best alternative. Just plug in via USB cable or pop the SD card into your laptop’s built-in reader to move the photos to your PC. An external hard drive is another solid addition if you need extra space. Just remember to bring the appropriate USB cable for each device so you can make a direct connection.
Backup Power Sources
Steady shooting will drain your battery—all the faster if you’re using the flash. Make sure to bring along some spare batteries if you plan to be out for a full day of shooting. Batteries are extremely compact and won’t add much weight to your load, so bring plenty and be sure they’re charged. You can also bring your charger along, in case you have a chance to use it out in the field. Even a few minutes of charging can make a difference, especially with Samsung’s Quick Battery Charger system. With this, you can give an empty battery a full charge in a little over an hour.
Lenses and Accessories
Having an interchangeable lens camera like the Samsung NX series gives you endless flexibility when you’re shooting. Choosing which lenses to bring will depend on the type of shots you’re planning to take, but you won’t go wrong with an all-purpose compact zoom lens like the 20-50mm NX Lens, which is available for the NX series. For landscapes, a wide-angle lens like the 16mm Ultra Wide Pancake Lens is a good addition that won’t take up a lot of extra room. Samsung’s 50-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens is another excellent (but slightly bulkier) option for getting close-ups from extreme distances.
For shooting indoors or at night, an external flash is another good addition to your kit. It can even come in handy during daylight shoots when a fill flash or other lighting to balance out ambient sunlight is required.
Your camera and lenses are valuable, so don’t overlook a solid, waterproof case with plenty of convenient pockets. And since a clean lens is essential to getting the perfect shot, bring along a lens cleaning kit if you expect to encounter wet or dusty conditions.
Shooting time-lapse or other long-shutter shots? A remote shutter cable is essential. (Though it won’t fit in your camera bag, you’ll need a tripod too.) And finally, if you want to view your creations on a television when the day’s shooting is done, bring along an A/V cable that will let you connect your camera directly to any TV.
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