Packing your camera bag is like packing a suitcase: the constant questioning of “Do I really need this?”. Of course every camera bag needs a different set of tools. This depends on the needs of the project, the photographer, or videographer. However, these are the must haves that should be found in every bag! Some are more obvious than others, but all are needed to complete any bag.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but we thought we needed to say it.
Preferably more than one, but ultimately the model and type depends on the needs of the specific project.
Making sure your camera actually has the ability to turn on is pretty essential. So just to be safe, make sure to pack extras!
- Battery Chargers
That’s right. Having these on hand will let you charge one set of batteries while another is in use so you don’t have to miss a single moment.
- Memory Cards
Once again, pretty basic, but just like batteries, remember to pack extras!
- Gaffer Tape
There are probably a million ways gaffer tape saves the day on a shoot. It’s a must have, providing a strong hold without the leftover sticky residue.
We suggest both sharpie and dry erase. You never know when you might need to label something. Also, dry erase can be lifesavers when it comes to video/audio syncing for film work.
- Monitoring Headphones
This is more geared towards those doing film work than photography, but are a must to get a true sense of the actual sounds you’re capturing.
These are great for eliminating unwanted reflections and pave the way for clearer images.
- Rain Cover
Film equipment is expensive. A simple cover can go a long way in protecting it from water damage.
- 3-2 Prong Adaptors
These little guys get forgotten a lot but can really save the day when shooting or filming in older houses.
- Business Cards
That’s right! Working on one project often leads to another, and how convenient to have your contact information on hand.
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