After knowing the essential equipment needed for good Photography, you then get to add to your collection, investing in some of the many clever gadgets and accessories in the world of photography today.
Here are the ones that I've invested in, to give you an idea of what to get next:
Tri-pod. This is definitely the first thing to be on any photographer's list because it's the only way to get perfect composition, which is great for landscapes and macros. It's also needed for long exposures, such as night photos and when you want to show motion in photos.
Mono-pod. If you don't want the restriction of tri-pods and want something more convenient for carrying around, a mono-pod is the way to go. It's basically a metal pole, that you attach your camera to the top of, for more steadiness in your shots. It's not great for long exposures, but good for better composition. It's also good for filming, if you're into that.
Flash Gun. Personally, I don't like using flash at all. However, because I get hired for nightclub photography, night-time events, churches for weddings, etc. I have to have a flash gun for that. If you do like flash, a flash gun is needed, as well as strong or re-chargeable batteries.
Battery Pack. This is a great accessory for your camera, and it'll make everything a lot more convenient because 1) it holds two batteries and 2) it's so much more comfortable and convenient to take portrait-oriented photos, so I recommend getting one of these.
Ring Light. This is a light that fits on to your lens, so that you can light up your subject in dark situations, using continuous light. Even though I regularly use this, I wouldn't recommend it because it doesn't give enough light for you to be able to rely on it.
Alternatively, I'd recommend getting a Ring Flash, which is similar, but it flashes instead, giving a lot more light. It also give that bright, contrasty, fashion look to portraits.
Camera Bag. You'll always need a camera bag, but my advice would be to get a small one, which can only just about fit everything in, This is because 1) if you drop or bash the bag, there'll be very little damage because of everything inside being squished together, and 2) it's always better to travel light, only taking what you need for that photography project/job.
Lens Hood. This one goes without saying because they're great for protecting your lens when you bash it against walls, etc. which we all do. They're also great for keeping away glare on sunny days, which stops sunny photos being so washed out and faded.
Shutter Release. This is a great one for self-portraits because you have to awkwardly hold the camera at yourself. It's also good for long exposures, where you don't want any shake during the taking of the photo. You can also get a wireless one, which I also recommend, called 'IR remote', which is actually cheaper than a shutter release.
Cleaning Supplies. I'm guilty of using my t-shirt to wipe my camera but, even though you think it works, it doesn't. You can get LCD cleaning kits from any discount store, so I highly recommend getting some. I also recommend cleaning your lenses before every project/job.
I hope this article helps you a lot. Look out for my next one, where I'll be talking about photo-editing equipment. Again, if you have any questions about gear, feel free to tweet me: @gmcGareth