Archive for March 2nd, 2011
When it’s time to take pictures you need to be prepared. Part of
getting the pictures you want involves having the right equipment
on hand. All the pros know that. Once you’ve got your camera and
the lenses you’ll need for your shoot you need to make sure you
have a few basics to help you deal with any situation that may come
your way. Here are a few essentials every photographer should keep
in their camera bags.
Spare batteries are essential. You don’t want to be in the middle
of a shoot and suddenly run out of power. If your camera doesn’t
take simple AA batteries when your batteries die you’re in trouble.
Even if your camera does take AA batteries you need to have some
extras in your bag to avoid the hassle of having to stop in at a
store. Having spare batteries will ensure that no matter what
you’ll have enough power to make it through the day.
You mustn’t let lack of available memory keep you from taking
pictures. Know what kind of memory your camera requires. Buy extra
memory to keep with you in case of emergencies.
You never know when you might get a smudge on your lens. Having a
microfiber lens cloth to keep your lenses clean will be invaluable.
Dirty lenses can ruin a picture. Wiping your lens with just any old
piece of cloth could ruin your lens. You don’t want to do either.
Keep your cloth in a sealed plastic bag so it doesn’t get any grit
on it that will scratch your lens.
Speaking of plastic bags having a couple in your camera bag would
be a good move. When unexpected rain starts to fall you need a way
to protect your camera. Putting a plastic bag with a hole cut in it
for the lens isn’t only useful in light rain. Whenever you take
pictures in damp, misty environments you should cover your camera
up. Plastic bags and rubber bands to secure the bags will do just
There are a couple of filters that I think are essential to keep
with you. One is a UV filter. This filter will protect your lenses
from the sun’s harsh light. It also helps your camera record color
more accurately. My other favorite filter is a circular polarizing
filter. This filter will help you get truer images of the sky and
Flashlights are good to have on hand for effects in your photos.
You never know when you’ll need to do some painting with light. It
can also be used to help you focus.
Tripods are essential for holding your camera steady when you have
long exposure times and need to keep your camera completely still.
Having a tripod on hand could be the difference between a great
photo and a completely blurry photo.