The question I am most often asked is what camera equipment do I carry with me on an assignment. My first advice is, only take what you need. After all, who wants to carry extra 20 lb. on their back all day? Although at the same time don’t be caught short on something you need, so, as always, planning carefully and create a shot list before going out can be
You should put together a basic set of gear which will cover you for most any situation. You can then add more specific equipment depending on the type of your shoot.
Here is what I take in my camera bag:
My camera of choice is my Nikon D7100. It is a exceptional camera that won’t let me down, and handles very well at high ISO settings. I usually have an extra body on hand, which I leave behind in my hotel room in the event that something happens to my main camera. The last thing I need when
I already have limited time at a location, is to to scurry around and try and locate another camera so a spare
2 or 3 Lenses
Someone once asked me if I could only bring one lens what would it be? For my type shooting, It would be my 16-300 Tamron lens but I would have my backup 35mm NIKKOR f/1.8. The great thing about prime lenses such as this is that you must move and get in close to what you are shooting. This is especially powerful when photographing people as it helps in building a connection with my subject. It is also fast so that I can photograph in low light environments without having to bump up my ISO too high.
For anyone into travel photography, one of the most essential points of a trip is the local food. Although not essential, a macro lens is ideal for photographing food as it allows you to get in close and capture the beautiful details of what's in the dish.
A basic misconception about flash is that it should only be used in low light situations. However, a flash is extremely useful when some fill flash is required (an example: when you are shooting a portrait of someone in excessive light which is creating harsh shadows on their face, it's then that a flash can help make the shadows go away). For this reason I always bring my flash along.
A tripod is basic if you are planning any images requiring long shutter speeds. However a tripod is also going to support all your expensive camera gear, so select it wisely.
Hoya Pro 1 Digital UV filters are mounted to all my lenses. This helps to protect the lens glass, especially in very harsh situations. I also bring my Cokin Neutral Density filters and Cokin Graduated Neutral Density filters which are very useful doing landscape photography.
Memory cards, hard drive and tablet – I bring enough memory cards so that I can save each day on a separate card. I also bring a few extra ones on the chance I need more than one in a single day. However, at the end of every day I still back up my card on a separate 500GB hard drive so that all my images from that day are saved in two different places.
Lens and camera cleaning kit, extra batteries and chargers – I give my camera and lenses a wipe down at the end of every day and charge my batteries so everything is good to go for the following day.
This is the basic set of gear that I bring with me wherever I travel, and I might add to it as I see fit. As an example, when photographing real estate interiors, you might bring a 10mm lens for those tight interior shots, or bird photographers a 400mm lens. However I try to only bring what I'm going to need.
I've listed some basic equipment browse through below:
Interchangeable Lens Cameras, Point & Shoot Cameras