Obvious in my Camera Bag
It seems every photographer has a few extra “necessities” in the photo bag that can either help the shoot go easier or that’s in there for those “just in case” moments.
Of course there’s the always present camera(s), lens(es), lens cloths, filters, biz cards, small notebook, pencils/p Air Max 2015 ens, memory cards, batteries, and maybe even a water bottle or camera manual. But I’m talking about the other items wedged down into the corners likely not taking up too much room and not weighing all that much.
And that’s an important point space is limited in the bag and who really wants a heavier camera bag? As it turns out all of my “extras” probably add up to about the size and weight of two decks of cards.
(Long side note: I have been known to make backpacking gear decisions with the kitchen scale in hand. Not that my backpacking list is “ultra light” but it’s amazing how a few “extras” can quickly add up to a few pounds. Now I haven’t yet weighed all of my camera gear but I try to take a similar approach when packing my photo bag. And just in case you were wondering my current grab and go bag is the ultra cool Think Tank Retrospective 10 it’s small, durable, and great looking holds a lot of gear but doesn’t allow me to throw in the kitchen sink.)
So in no particular orde Air Max 2015 r seven extras that have become standard gear:
Gum. Or sometimes it’s Altoids. Right now it’s one of those popping fresh flavors by Orbit.
Multi tool. Sometimes it’s the ever handy Swiss army knife or an older model Leatherman Wave. I also think the Leatherman Squirts are cool and much smaller than either of the tools I have. Jus Air Max 2015 t be sure to take your multi tool out when you’re ready to hop onto a plane.
Small sandwich bag. Mostly used to hold full memory cards on a long shoot so as to keep them from floating around somewhere in the bottom of the bag. Another option that a lot of folks like is the Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket.
Large freezer bag. This corrals extra memory cards, batteries, and will sometimes have another lens cloth in it (can never have enough lens cloths).
Earplugs. It took me some time to finally realize this was a good thing to permanently add to the bag. From motor sports to concerts to any event with really large speakers that you may find yourself under earplugs can make it so much more enjoyable. The little disposable foam Air Max 2015 ones work great. I picked mine up at the Home Depot.
Moist Towelette. Cuz’ sometimes your hands can get filthy and it’s important to keep shooting.
Headlamp. Sometimes a shoot goes through dusk and it’s important to find your way back without a sprained ankle. The nice thing about a headlamp it can double as a flashlight but a flashlight can’t double as a headlamp. I prefer the small LED ones and I think Petzl makes a pretty durable product.
Bonus: Filter wrench. OK this one is pretty new to the bag. Didn’t even know they existed until recently. Handy for those difficult to remove filters.
Hope that helps. But now I’m curious anything indispensable in your bag?
if you’re wondering the photo has absolutely nothing to do with the article. As I didn’t have a photo of my camera bag I just fished this one out of the archives.)