Photography Gear I Never Leave Home Without
There are certain items of kit that I never leave home without if I know I’m going to be using my DSLR camera… so here are the basic pieces of kit that I ALWAYS have with me (and that you probably should too!):
Camera Case: It sounds obvious, but the amount of people who carry their (expensive) cameras around unprotected amazes me! It’s an expensive piece of kit – you should spend a bit of money to protect it. If you get dust, sand, etc inside your camera – particularly if it gets on the sensor – you are going to be making an expensive trip to the camera repair shop…
Battery Charger/Spare Battery: Because you just never know when you might need to re-charge your camera battery… and you can usually find a socket somewhere! Or, better still, carry a spare, fully charged battery in your camera case…
Spare Memory Card: I have on several occasions (I’d like to say when I first started out but I have done it more recently too!) run out of space on a memory card on a day out/part way through an event… and it’s so, so frustrating. Hence I ALWAYS carry a spare memory card with me now!
Tripod: If you’re doing long exposure shots (blurring, night shots, etc) you cannot manage without a tripod if you want sharp images. Mine is only a cheap, lightweight one but it does the job perfectly well.
Polarising Filter: So useful on a sunny day for reducing glare from reflective surfaces (glass, water, etc). I don’t use too many filters, but this one is a must in my opinion.
Remote Shutter Release: If you are taking long exposures you need a remote shutter release to avoid camera shake. They are cheap to buy and take up so little space that it can just be left in your camera case so you always have it with you – easy.
Lens Cloth: Again, this is obvious… if you are shooting outside (and even inside) you are going to need to clean your lens at some point. There’s nothing worse than looking back at your images and finding tiny little specks on them because your lens/filter wasn’t clean. And make sure you buy a cloth specifically for the job – don’t just use your t-shirt, etc as you will end up scratching your lens!
Flashgun: On-camera flashes are really not very good – we all know that from experience! If you do lots of photography in low light, you need a flashgun. And probably a flash diffuser too to soften the light or your subject will end up looking washed out (you can buy a diffuser for around £15 and they are definitely worth the money).
So those are my essential pieces of camera gear… what pieces of equipment do you never go anywhere without – have I missed anything important? Or do you only use a camera phone nowadays? Let me know in the comments below…