10 Items a Photographer Should Never Leave Home Without!

7 years 11 months ago - 7 years 1 month ago #270177 by PhotographyTalk
A pretty common question I get asked on our Facebook Fan page is regarding what do I recommend when heading out into the field for landscape and nature photography. Now the list I'm sharing here is what personally I use and recommend. Most of the time when I get out, all my gear is on my back and I'm riding to location on my mountain bike. I'm a huge fan of the quality of the Specialized bikes. This bike is an Enduro SL Pro Carbon.

Here I am last summer:


1. Cleaning Kit: Often times I'm near the ocean or just out in the woods or desert and things get dirty, dusty, misty and all of the above! Having good camera and lens cleaning gear will save a ton of frustration and post processing time later!

Here are a few recommendations:



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2. Spare Memory Cards: Unless your sporting a film camera, you better make sure you have at least a couple memory cards with you! :) These days cameras are taking much larger images and memory cards can fill quickly (Especially with Nikon D800), or accidents happen. If you have trekked up a mountain or drove hours to get on location, I'm sure your going to appreciate being prepared for a memory card mishap!

I'm a die hard SanDisk fan, so here are a few cards I would recommend:


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3. PowerBars: You wouldn't leave the house with out batteries for your camera, well same thing applies here. Being hours away from civilization or stuck on location with out opportunity to break free to get some greasy McDonalds or 5 day old hot dogs rolling on the heat plate at 7'eleven :sick: , your stomach and digestive system will love you when you come prepared with some tasty and healthy PowerBars!

I change up frequently, but here are a few of my current favorites that I recommend:


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4. Spare Batteries: So unless you've figured out how to power your camera, flashes and flashlights with a portable nuclear reactor or you have a solar powered battery charger (but then again, thats unnecessary weight), the simplest solution to this is to bring at least one extra set of batteries with you. I always have one extra camera battery, 4 AA and 2 AAA's in my bag to power everything from my Camera, Pocket Wizards, Cable Release and flash lights!

Recommended:

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5. Tripod: When shooting landscapes, nighttime photos, or just in general when slow shutter speeds will be used this is a given, however sometimes over looked when packing gear. Personally I'll usually have 2 tripods (large and small) with me for a couple reasons: One for each camera or If I'm using my Dynamic Perception time lapse dolly... I need two for support.

Now I've tested a number of tripods over the years, there are plenty of good options. These are what I recommend and carry with me:


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6. Comfortable Shoes: This is an important one. When your trekking through wet areas, slippery terrain or just on your feet all day, having good shoes will make a world of difference in your comfort and foot health! Not to mention keep your feet warm in the winter.

I'll always recommend 'The North Face' first as I've been wearing their shoes and boots for years. Depending on time of year or where I'm going to be photographing, I'll wear one of these two recommended shoes/boots:


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7. All Purpose Tool: I don't know how many times having an all purpose tool has saved my butt or has come in handy in the field. Over the years I've owned a few different ones, but love the Gerber brand the most.

Recommended:


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8. Cable Shutter Release: If your shooting anything that requires longer shutter speeds or if you're already using a tripod for reasons to reduce camera shake, this is a must have. Now there are a ton of camera shutter releases out there, so you might want to check your camera manufactures page for recommendations.

Personally I use:

You know what I use and is always with me? PocketWizard Plus III's. I'm putting these under this category because I use these to trigger my camera from distances or as a spare shutter trigger release or just use them to trigger your flash. Hands down out of all the Pocket Wizard's I've owned these are my favorites and gladly recommend this!
  • PocketWizard 801-130 Plus III Transceiver
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9. Flashlight: Do I need to give a reason? ;) I do carry a couple with me, I like the Gerber flash light the most as it's small and has different colors I can switch to at night. I'll use the red so I don't mess up my night vision.



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10. Wet Weather Protection for your Camera: Even in California we get crummy weather and when it does hit and I need to continue shooting, it's awesome to have something to safeguard the camera from the rain. These things are inexpensive and hardly take up any space in your camera bag.

I recommend:



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7 years 11 months ago #270186 by Moe
Minus the shoes and the powerbars, I have most of these. Oh and the blower, I don't carry that with me. Good tips thanks for sharing.


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7 years 11 months ago #270202 by KCook
I have reached the point in life where I need to include a camp stool

Standing all day is no longer an option.

geezer

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2
kellycook.zenfolio.com/

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7 years 11 months ago #270220 by MYoung
:judge:


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7 years 11 months ago #270230 by aerophoto
I even carry a sensor cleaning set getting to be I have no room in my bag for anything else


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7 years 11 months ago #270370 by KenMan
I need to get a good cleaning kit, mine sensor has a few spots of debris on it :whistle:


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7 years 11 months ago #271699 by Amitsood
Thanks for sharing....
nowadays I never forget to take spare memory cards along with me. I've already suffered a lot :p


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7 years 11 months ago #271758 by Todd Phillips

Amitsood wrote: Thanks for sharing....
nowadays I never forget to take spare memory cards along with me. I've already suffered a lot :p


:agree: always carry a spare with me


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7 years 11 months ago #272275 by Abigail1
Every photographer should save this page. When ever will plan for a trip without thinking much more about packing just by following this list can get ready easily for the trip.

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7 years 11 months ago #272284 by Carlos

Abigail1 wrote: Every photographer should save this page. When ever will plan for a trip without thinking much more about packing just by following this list can get ready easily for the trip.



:agree: always have a check list

(2) Canon 7D, Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, 50mm f/1.4 USM, 85mm f/1.8 USM, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
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7 years 10 months ago #277641 by Tuscan Muse
Insect Repellent Wipes with Foil Covers also come in handy at times.

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7 years 10 months ago #277657 by Steve Kemp

tuscanlinda wrote: Insect Repellent Wipes with Foil Covers also come in handy at times.



+1 on the bug spray


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7 years 9 months ago #278291 by Jacob1977
Good article guys


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7 years 9 months ago #278296 by effron
I would add remember the camera too. (Don't laugh, I'm serious.. :angry: )

Why so serious?
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7 years 3 months ago #297436 by vyo
Good advice! Thanks :)


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