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Photo Tip - What I carry In My Bag

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Scott’s Bi-Weekly Photo Tip

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great week. I’m always being asked what I use or what I take with me, so this week I’m going to go through what I carry in my bag every time I go out, whether its for Portrait Sessions or Landscapes, you’ll always see these items in my back.

I have 2 camera bags, a larger Tamrac bag that I bought many years ago, and a much smaller Alturo bag that I picked up a couple of years ago before Pam and I headed out west for a road trip. I lean towards travelling as light as possible, even when doing portraits close to home, so I rarely use my larger Tamrac these days.

I always have my bag packed and ready to go. These items are a staple of my bag:

  • Microfiber cloth - I have a few packs of these as they are invaluable for a multitude of reasons.

  • Spare Memory Cards - My primary camera has dual memory card slots so I have redundancy there, but I always have a spare in the bag just in case.

  • Backup camera - I shoot everything with my Sony A7Riii, but in my bag, charged and ready to go is my Sony A6300 just in case. It is no where near a comparison of the A7Riii, but it’ll get the job done in a pinch if something drastic were to happen.

  • Spare batteries - I have great results with my Sony cameras and their batteries. They do not kill a battery through multiple sessions, so normally I’m in the clear. On super cold days I’ll always find the batteries drain faster of course, and you never know what might happen, so I always have at least 1 space (fully charged) batter for each of my 2 cameras.

  • (2) Head Lamps - You just never know. I have thought I would never use these and they have come in handy so many times I’ll never go without.

  • Lenses - I usually carry my 10-18mm wide angle and my 24-70 2.8 lenses with me. Sometimes I’ll take my 70-200 2.8 if I know I need a little ready or for portraits, but rarely these days.

  • Filters - I do have some neutral density and polarizing filters that I take along in case I want to do long exposures in a brighter setting. I honestly don’t have the use for them much anymore since my A7Riii can go to ISO 50.

And that’s about it. Light and nimble is my motto. Of course, if I’m going to do landscape photos them I’m carrying along my carbon fiber tripod as well, but I can easily attach that to my backpack and through it on my shoulders and hike as long as I want.

What are the must haves that you want in your bag every day?

Don’t forget to check out my workshops and classes to learn more about photography. We have so many different ones to offer and they are always a great time.

Have a great night.

Scott