Getting ready to head out for a shoot? I want to help you guys prepare to walk out the door by sharing what I carry with me anytime I intend on shooting. Check this out for tips on bags, gear and more!
Choosing the Right Bag:
Maybe you just got your first camera or maybe you’re in the market for a new bag. This is the first place anyone with a camera starts. What type of photography you intend on shooting plays a major factor in your bag type. I shoot mostly portrait/street photos so I tend to stick with a backpack. Amazon.com has a ton of options for you to choose from. I recommend finding a pack with several padded dividers, to separate your camera and lenses. If you’re into shooting weddings, you probably don’t need a backpack — but would rather have a larger pack to carry more equipment. If you’re just heading out on quick trips a backpack will be your best friend.
Don’t cheap out on bag or you’ll regret it in the long run. Stick to the quality over quantity mindset when hunting for your next pack. A good backpack is worth the extra penny when you’re walking/traveling to and from multiple shoots. As of today, I carry an Osprey Stratus 24L pack with a Peak Design camera clip. This is the most ideal set up for me to walk to and from my shoots comfortably.
1 .Camera 2. Memory Card 3. Lens(es) 4. Laptop 5. Camera USB Cord 6. Tripod 7. Camera Strap 8. Secondary Camera 9. Battery Charger 10. Lens Filters
The above referenced are my MUST HAVE’s anytime I walk out the door. A lot of people will recommend that you carry a second battery when shooting, however I’ve never experienced a need. After my week long trip of shooting along the NW Pacific Coast, I only needed to charge my camera every other day. This is why I recommend carrying your battery charger with you instead, as it saves you ~$60-$80 on the extra battery.
I can’t stress enough the need to carry extra memory cards. The last thing you want is to forget to dump a memory card and find out mid-shoot. Some of you may see tripod on the list and think, “Yeah right! There’s no way he carries a tripod to every shoot.” You’re correct, actually; but I do leave it in my car just in case. A laptop is never a bad idea if you’re spending a full day shooting, as you’ll probably want to find a coffee shop to spend a few hours editing.
Is the Secondary Camera throwing you off a bit?? I don’t mean for you to go out and spend the same as you did on your main rig. What I mean by this is to have a point-and-shoot or even a film camera handy (I carry a Pentax K1000). Stopping to unpack your main rig for a candid shot can be annoying. If you have a point-and-shoot loaded you’ll thank yourself for actually capturing that moment rather than letting it slip by.
Choosing the Right Lens:
Bringing the correct lens to a shoot is very important for many reasons. You do not want to be shooting head shots for a client with a wide angle of view or catching a city landscape with a tight angle. The lower the ‘mm’ number on the camera lens, the more distortion occurs in the image. On the contrary, the higher the ‘mm’ number on the lens the tighter and more crisp it will appear. If you’re shooting portraits try to stick in the 50mm-85mm range on a full frame (75mm-128mm crop sensor equivalent). If you’re shooting landscape you should try to stick with a wider angle of view, i.e. anywhere from 8mm-35mm (12mm-53mm crop sensor equivalent) They say that 35mm on a full frame is pretty darn close to what the human eye can see and many recommend for shooting street.
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