5 Essential Items You Should Carry In Your Camera Gear Bag - Part 1

As a photographer, there may be times that you need to pull out your camera and gear bag to capture some amazing shots on a whim. Maybe you are shooting a sporting event, wedding or family portraits and it is so important to be sure you have everything you need. 

So, what photography gear should you carry in your bag at all times? We have put together this list of items we think are important for you to always have on hand. You never know when you may need to stop and capture a moment, or need an extra piece of equipment during a scheduled shoot. And be sure to check back in a few weeks for 5 other items that we think are also important!

1. Your Camera

Kind of a no brainer but very important! Of course if you want to take photos, you need to have your camera with you all the time. What happens if you love to shoot landscape photos and you come across a really gorgeous sunset and realize you do not have your camera? The camera is definitely a necessity. 

Looking for a great camera? We love this Canon EOS 5D Mark III or this Nikon D810.  

2. Lenses

Having a variety of lenses based on the type of photography you do can be important to make sure you get the specific shots you are trying to get. Some photographers are perfectly fine with the lens they have with their camera, others have various lenses they use for different types of shots they need to take. Whatever your need of lens, make sure you have it handy! 

Looking for a new lens? How about this Canon EF 75-300mm

3. Extra Batteries

Whenever you are taking photos, whether you are working an 8-hour day for a wedding, doing a family portrait session or just taking photos while you travel, it is always important to carry an extra battery pack along with you. You never know when you will need extra, and you would hate if you ran out of battery power and did not have an extra one to use. 

Looking for a battery pack? Check out this Nikon Battery and Charger Kit that would be perfect to keep in your gear bag!  

4. Spare Memory Card

Just like a battery, an extra memory card is not something you want to be missing from your bag when you need it. You never know when you are going to run out of photo storage space and need to switch out the card. It may never happen to you, you may be great about saving your photos elsewhere and keeping space open, but having one just in case can help you rest easy... especially if there is a bride and groom on the line who are expecting wedding photos of their special day. 

It is important you at least have an extra memory card that at least have 2 GB of space, but it never hurts to have even more. Here is a good SanDisk 32 GB memory Card if you are in need of one. 

5. Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

You need to be sure to keep your camera and lens clean and a microfiber cleaning cloth is a great idea to keep in your gear bag at all times just for this. Even when you are out at a shoot or want to pull out your camera to take a photo on a whim, you never know when you may have to pull out the cloth to do a little cleaning. 

Be sure to get your hands on a pack of these microfiber cloths so you will never run out! 


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What is one item you can not go without in your gear bag? Tell us below!