This is an insight into the equipment I use to take photos. Although I rarely use it all at once, it’s almost always in my camera bag. I don’t pack light!
But first, it’s important to understand the kinds of photos I take, and what effect that has on what I carry.
I remember reading that Eric Kim, the street photographer, doesn’t even own a tripod. While that suits him just fine, that wouldn’t do me much good.
You could break down the kinds of photos I take into two sections: people and places.
Whether I’m taking photos of a model, or a man on the street, I spend a lot of taking photos of people.
And I spend an equally long time taking photos of places, whether it’s an old building, or a landscape.
So while we have a look at the list below, bear this in mind, because everyone’s bag is going to be different.
Please note, I don’t carry everything with me at once. I leave my telephoto lens, back up camera, etc. at home if I’m just taking photos for the fun of it.
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Not only is this lens incredibly good in low light, but it’s also very sharp, even when you open the aperture all the way to f/1.4. 35mm is a great focal length if you’re using a crop sensor, and it’s equally good on full frame, such as when I shoot with my EOS film bodies.
These are extremely versatile tripod legs, and they’re on the best things I’ve ever bought. They’re very tall, but can be equally short when I need them to be.
They’re also very strong. The reason I bought these over carbon fibre legs is because these are heavier. I need a tripod that isn’t going to blow around in the wind when I’m taking long exposures, and these do the job just fine.
There are quite a few varieties of tripod heads, but I opted for a joystick head. It’s really handy because I can make adjustments without having to unscrew anything.
I just squeeze the handle and reposition. It’s worth noting that I originally bought the smaller version on this head, but it couldn’t handle the weight of my camera and lens so I returned it for this.
You can get faster cards, and larger capacity cards, but I’m pretty happy with how these have worked out for me, so I’ve never upgraded. 16GB is plenty of space (about 500 RAW photos), and it’s good to spread your photos over multiple cards, incase one of them corrupts.
So long as you use a card reader, the transfer speed is very fast.
On final thing I always like to carry with me is a cable release for my camera. It will allow me to take photos without actually having to touch the camera.
This minimises camera shake, and allows me to step away from the camera.
So what have you got hiding in your camera bag?
Do you pack light, or do you break your back like me?
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