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Photo Gear Essentials for Every Photographer

Following article primary focused at beginner to intermediate level photographers, who’s been photographing for some times and looking into general information about key essentials to have for every photoshoot.

#1 Let’s start with obvious one…a Bag ! You can choose this one for yourself whatever feels comfortable for you. Some photographers prefer messenger bags, some others including myself prefer backpacks. Lot’s to choose from, just make sure, it’s the “bag” that specifically designer for photography, because you want to have some kind of “cushion” for your gear, as regular backpacks or messenger backs may actually damage your gear.


#2 Camera and a lens. This one is pretty simple, as obviously you need those two to be a photographer lol


#3 Spare Batteries ! This one is very important, you always need to have at least 2 more spare batteries, and preferably if you actually spent extra money and choose original camera batteries, instead of cheap amazon batteries. Reason for that, for many years of experience, I noticed that cheap knock off batteries, may spontaneously loose charge, even if you charge them night before. Genuine batteries hold charge strong and won’t let you down.


#4 Basic Lens/Camera Cleaning Kit. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, anything that can wipe your lens, or blow the dust off your camera. Things happen sometimes, and you want to be prepared for it. It doesn’t take much extra room, but can be essential in a bad situation. You can even use, cheap lens wipes that can be purchased online.


#5 Spare Memory Cards. Remember how sometimes you just yank the card out of the card reader or computer without doing nerdy “Safely Remove Hardware”. Well….turns out that each time you do that, you actually corrupt and ruin your memory card. So prepare for bad surprise when you in the middle of the desert and your camera showing you strange format memory error. Always have a spare memory card with you. It doesn’t need to be high end brand, which I strongly recommend actually, but at least something that can pull you through. You don’t want to end wasting your time and client time if your camera decides not to work. It can ruin your day and potentially can cost tons of money to compensate for failed photoshoot.


#6 Flash. Another must have item. I know what you thinking right now, I don’t shoot with flash and photos look cheap and blah blah blah. Actually in some situations shooting fashion with flash on camera can give stunning results. You don’t need to buy expensive flash, some $30 Neewer flash will do just fine!


#7 Sto-Fen or STOFEN. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a little white diffuser “cap” that goes on top of the flash to create nice omni directional light. It’s super light weight and compact. You should have it to pair it nicely with #6. You can create amazing effects with it, even if it doesn’t go along with your style. It can save your ass in unpredictable situation.


Listed above items always with me in my camera bag. No matter what I shoot or who is the client, I always have them. Sometimes unpredictable things happen. Sometimes you think you shooting high end fashion when client may ask you for a simple and “cheap” looking on camera flash. It’s always better to have those basic items with you. When I was starting out, sometimes I would just take my camera in my hand, until I burned myself with a randomly dead battery and no backup. It doesn’t take much to pack listed above items, and just to have them. Think of it, as emergency first aid kit. Basic items, that may save your photoshoot. 
You can see my Gear List Here, it’s my basic items that I always carry with me, even though not listen, Flash and Sto-Fen always with me.

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