camera gear bag essentials

5 More Items To Carry In Your Camera Bag - Part 2

You may have seen our recent post all about 5 essential items that you should always be sure to carry in your camera gear bag. If you did not, be sure to check it out here. Today, we wanted to share with you a few more items we think are important to keep on hand anytime you may need to pull your camera out and snap a few photographs. A few of these suggestions were also ones that came from our readers! 

1. Portable Light Source

This is important to be sure you always have enough light when you are taking whatever photos you are trying to take. Whether you find yourself at a dark wedding ceremony and need more light to capture the bride and groom saying "I do," or you are simply out photographing a beautiful view you saw while driving, you never want to not have enough light! 

If you always find yourself in need of extra light, check out this Hikeren Portable Light Source perfect for various camera brands! 

2. Waterproof Case

If you are shooting outdoors, and will still need to continue shooting even if it is raining, a waterproof case is important. You spend good money on your camera and equipment and do not want to ruin it with a little rain and you not being prepared! 

Here is a waterproof camera case that would be perfect for you to use. 

3. Polarizer

A polarizer is perfect for cutting out glare in photos. Whether you are needing to cut the glare on the leaves on the trees or even cutting out the reflection in a window, this is the perfect item to have on hand. 

Looking for a polarizer for your Canon camera? Be sure to check this one out. Need one for a Nikon camera? You may love this one

4. A Tripod

Having a good tripod is a great idea when you want to make sure your camera is steady and still when taking specific photos. This is especially great for landscape photos and other still objects that you may be photographing. 

Are you in need of a sturdy tripod? Here is a tripod that is compatible with many different camera brands. 

5. A Great Camera Strap

A high quality, comfortable camera strap is very important. You do not want to be fumbling or struggling with a cheap strap that you are afraid will not hold your expensive piece of equipment as best and as safely as it should. Getting one that is padded, to help with your comfort level may or may not matter as much to you, but you want to make sure whatever strap you have, works best and makes your job easier!

This Rapid Fire Quick Release Sling Shoulder Neck Strap may be the perfect addition to your camera. 

Between these 5 items above and the other 5 we mentioned in our previous post, this are some very important items that you do not want to find yourself without. If you always keep these items handy and in your gear bag, you will never find yourself stuck without an important piece of photography equipment when the time comes that you need something specific.

Is there another piece of gear that you simply can not live without? Tell us below!  

Before you head out with your gear bag, you will probably need a cup of warm cup of coffee to keep you going! Here is a great coffee mug with one of our favorite photography quotes to keep you motivated! 




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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!