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What Should I Have in My Camera Bag?

A photographer should always be prepared. The last thing you want to do is get to a Shoot and find out you don’t have a necessary item. This can ruin a shoot.

If you are starting out in the world of photography, you don’t want to find out what you should have been packing the hard way. This article will list everything you need so you are always prepared to get great pictures.

• Camera: duh!

• Lenses: This is another one that may be obvious, but you’ll want to make sure you have every type of lens you think you’ll need.

• Extra memory cards: When it comes to memory card capacity, you’ll want err on the side of caution.

• Batteries for camera and flash: Make sure they are charged before you leave the house.

• Battery charger: In case you need to charge your batteries on site.

• Tripod: A tripod is always a must.

• Sensor cleaning kit and cloth: This can be a lifesaver if dust is getting on your lens.

• Laptop: A laptop will be necessary if you are doing a tethered shoot. If you need to take your laptop, be sure to take a stand as well.

• All necessary cables: These should include cables for your camera, lights, computer, etc.

• Back up Media: This will ensure your photos are backed up and intact before you leave the site.

• Flash or lighting: Bring the flash or lighting you will need as well as the batteries for the gear.

• Extension cords, power strips and plug adaptors: You can never have enough power sources.

• Light stands, umbrella heads and ankle weights: The weights will anchor your stands.

• Reflectors: Reflectors are great for sending light in the right direction.

• Pocket Wizards: Pocket Wizards are ideal for situations when you need remote flash.

• Gels and filters: These can be used on lights and flashes.

• Clamps: Various size clamps can be used to hold anything from backdrops to fabrics.

• Velcro straps: Velcro makes an ideal instant adhesive.

• A spool of fishing line: This will provide almost invisible modifications to backdrops and other items.

• A backdrop travel kit: These kits are easy to carry and easy to set up.

• Shade umbrellas: These are ideal when you’re shooting in a hot climate. They will keep you and your subject cool while reducing exposure.

• A stepladder: A stepladder will help you get angles and perspectives that would otherwise be impossible to capture

• Clean towels and a blanket: These can be used to wrap equipment, keep props and clothing clean or for general clean up.

• A lint roller: A lint roller can be used to clean dark clothing.

• Shoe polish: Shoe polish will come in handy if your model has scuffs on their shoes that are affecting the look of your photo.

• A black sheet with a hold cut in the middle: This makes a great makeshift changing room for your model. They can peak their head through and change underneath.

• Knee pads: These will keep your knees from hurting when you have to get down on the ground.

• Bags and cases for all your equipment: To keep your gear safe of course!

• Passport and driver’s license: These will be necessary if you are traveling.

• Water and snacks: Water and snacks will tide you over during a long day of shooting.

• A sunhat: A sunhat will offer protection from the sun so your skin doesn’t burn when you shoot.

This is a pretty long list, and you may not need all these items for every shoot. It’s a good idea to have a master check list that’s kept somewhere accessible. That way you can check through it to determine what you need and what you can do without.

What items do you have to have with you when you’re out shooting?

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