What’s in Your Wallet? What a San Diego Photographer Keeps in His or Her Camera Bag.

First, I would like to apologize for the delay in posting my blog. Originally, this and the previous blog were going to be one blog, but after taking a look at the length, I decided to make it a two-part mini-series. As you know, there is nothing worse than going somewhere and forgetting the most importing thing that you needed to bring and you know my motto, “be prepared”. For a San Diego photographer this could make a break a photography shoot. Last week, I had the opportunity to do a beach shoot. I had everything ready to go, lenses cleaned, batteries charged, and model release forms ready to be signed; unfortunately my camera wasn’t for some reason. Like I said, “I had charged all the batteries”, but what was going on? I distinctly remember charging them, “I am not going crazy here”. Well, thankfully I brought an extra battery with me, and we continued. Of course the model looked at me, as if it was my first shoot, oops. If that battery had not worked, I would have had to switch to my backup camera, which isn’t a full frame camera and of course the pictures would have turned out a bit different. But seriously, it is important to prepare for anything to go wrong and to be able to handle any situation that comes up. I had a friend tell me once, that they attending a wedding and the photographers camera broke when they arrived; unfortunately they did not have a backup so not only were they unable to capture the couples special moment and they lost out on a lot of $$. So, you can see the need of coming prepared. These are a few items that I keep in my camera bag:

  •  Camera’s with fully charged batteries. (It’s a good idea to purchase spare batteries; especially if you do not have access to an electric outlet.)
  • Lenses (Make sure you give them a once over before your shoot.)
  • Camera flashes (Make sure all batteries are charged.)
  • Flash Remotes (Make sure all batteries are charged.)
  • Tri-pod or Mono-pod (These come in handy in low light or shots require long exposures.)
  • Camera Bubble Level (These are handy for taking better shots.)
  • Rocket-air Blower (Remember not to use compressed air on any of your photography equipment.)
  • Lens cloth (These are very soft and can be used on corrective lenses as well.)
  • Matches or lighter (No, I am not encouraging you to play with matches, but you never know when sometimes may need to heat up something or provide light.)
  • Model release forms (These are to be used anytime you focus on someone and take his or her picture. I make a point to get a signature before a take their picture, just in case.)

I hope I have not bored you too much. I had fun writing this one. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.