This is a topic I should have written about years ago! I realized I never mentioned the necessities that live in my camera bag. They’re not fun or exciting gadgets, but I’m never without them on a shoot. Regardless of your level of interest in photography, if you’re going to be shooting, you should include these with the rest of your equipment. Here are a few of mine:
Lens caps. I can’t tell you how many I’ve lost over the years. Seriously, they’re like socks that disappear in the dryer. Considering the amount of money you can spend on a camera body, plus the lens, having backup caps is essential. If you can attach a lens cap to it, have an extra for it.
Sand bags. Wait, what? Just weight for it… This particularly applies when you’re using a tripod, and I’m going to assume you do. The center pole, on the opposite end of the attachment point for your camera body, should have some style of ring. This is to hang photography/videography specific sand bags. They help to weigh down your tripod so it isn’t as top heavy. The last thing you want is to be all set up for a shoot, and then have a gust of wind or errant foot knock your equipment over. Weigh it down so it’s less likely to fall down.
How does that old saying go, a dull pencil is better than a sharp mind? Don’t underestimate the value of a pencil a notepad. Those little things you know you’ll remember? Well, I rarely do. Will you, at the end of a long shoot? I won’t, but I do remember to look at my notepad at the end of the day!
What’s the one thing you need on a shoot? Grab your gear, and the few odd essential items, and get out there… just stay a safe distance away from people.
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