This is the in a series called "Picture Perfect" about how to take great holiday photos.
You've got a new camera. You've tested and tried it and it works perfectly. So what's next? Here's a list of 10 accessories you'll need before and after you snap the shutter.
10. Batteries: If you have a point-and-shoot, get as many packs of AA batteries as you can afford or an extra rechargeable battery. If you have a digital SLR (single lens reflex) then spring for a good, inexpensive rechargeable for your make and model. Nothing is more frustrating than to have a camera collapse because the batteries are drained.
9. USB cables: I carry around a couple because I'm always misplacing them. They're crucial for getting photos into a printer and uploading pictures to social media sites.
8. A computer, notebook or mobile device and access to a wireless connection: The truth is, hardly anyone makes prints. If you want to share that photo of the family at dinner, you'll need to get it online. If you're using a cellphone, uploading isn't a problem. If not, you'll need one of the devices I mentioned.
7. A tripod: Even a cheap tripod is better than no tripod, especially in a low light situation. Having one means you can get in the family photo instead of being on the other side of the camera.
6.Email addresses: Use them to send photos to folks who aren't on Facebook (Yes, they exist).
5 Batteries: I said it once, but I'm saying it again. You'll need more than you think, especially if you use a flash or shoot video.
4. Secure Digital High Capacity or SDHC flash cards: Nowadays even the most inexpensive cameras shoot high-definition video. That's a demanding medium and the SDHC cards transfer data faster than regular cards. That means the video you're shooting gets saved more quickly. The cards come in three classes: two, four and six with class six being the fastest. Check your camera manual to see which class card works best.
3. An audio-video cable: Use the cable to connect your camera to a television. It's a great way for everyone to see the photos and videos from the day. They're included in many camera packages.
2. Batteries: I'm saying this for the last time.
1. A string: Tie it around your finger so you won't forget anything on this list.