Everyday Items that Belong in Your Camera Bag

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The old motto “Be Prepared” is as true for photography as it is for other situations in life. You need to bring all the correct gear on your photo shoots, but first you have to know what to bring. This video goes into great detail explaining exactly what you’ll need to pack in your camera bag. Although there is no one-size-fits-all camera bag, there are certain items that most photographers will need to take on typical photo shoots. The video discusses which bag styles are best, as well as camera equipment, accessories, and some unexpected yet essential items that you should bring along to make your journeys as a photographer worlds better.

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3 Responses to “Everyday Items that Belong in Your Camera Bag”
  1. Robert Fuller

    Good overview of what’s in your camera bag. One area you didn’t cover was filters – polarized, graduated or ND filters etc. How about a spare lens cap. Do you carry any of these?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Robert. With digital photography the usage/need for filters has dropped. Some shooters get a 1A filter which absorbs UV light
      to protect the front element, and it might do so from a simple ding or scratch, but it will not do anything if it gets a big hit.

      I feel, and this is just me, you spend lots of money to get a lens coating the manufacture thinks is best for imaging making
      and that putting a cheap piece of glass over that coating might be counterproductive.

      That said if you want filters the only ones I can recommend would be a high quality polarizer and/or a variable ND filter.

      Polarizing is helpful if you want to remove glare/reflections and or make a blue sky richer.

      A variable ND means you can adjust it as needed so if you are shooting video with your DSLR the variable adjustment helps
      you to keep your depth of field shallow when shooting at the recommended fixed shutter speed for your video frame rate.

      Two things…. buy the filter that matches the biggest front element you have…you can typically use step-down rings to make the
      smaller ones fit, and remember you really do get what you pay for with filters, cheap ones are both lacking in the best quality glass
      and the simple mechanical basis.

      Happy Shooting!

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  2. Rudy

    Great video with very useful tips. Standard in my bag is also a small towel (year round and I can’t live without one) and in the summer bug spray. Then again, I live in South Florida and the Everglades and Big Cypress Preserve are my stomping grounds

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