Photography doesn’t need to be a stressful experience even if you are just starting out. A good planning and a well-prepared photography kit can save you a lot of trouble and hassle while you are out there shooting. Here are some things you can pack into your photography bag that will be useful no matter what type of photography subject your are shooting.
When you buy your camera, usually it does come with one battery, but if you plan take your shooting seriously, then you would need to invest on another battery. Your extra battery should always be inside your camera bag and readily charged with power. Just imagine if you are shooting landscape photography and you have been outside the whole day waiting for that perfect sunset. You have set up your tripod, gathered all your filters like polarizer and warm graduated filters only to realize that you are running low on power! There is no power outlet and then your extra battery is not even charged! There you go, you can say goodbye to that sunset shot you have so painstakingly set up for! So, remember that you should have your extra batteries and have them fully charged before you leave for the shoot.
Extra Storage/Memory Cards
If you want to make sure that you are shooting the best quality images for your shots, you have to set your camera at a high quality setting and may even need to use RAW settings depending on what you are shooting. In this situation, you can get really high quality images but the downside is you also consume a lot of storage space in your SD or CF cards.
So, when you go out to shoot, remember to pack a couple of extra memory cards in your photography kit. It is best to invest in medium storage capacity from 8-16 GB. That’s because if you are shooting a wedding, for example, and you just store all your footage in one huge capacity card like 32 or 64 GB, if that card gets corrupted, you will instantly lose all your images for that event. If you have been storing your photos in different cards, even if one of them gets corrupted, you still have several cards to get your footage from and show to the client. Even big photography Dubai studios practice this kind approach as a safety net while they are shooting.
A Good Prime Lens
When you are shooting, you can actually live with just one type of lens. For example, if you have a decent zoom lens from 18mm to 200mm, you can actually shoot a wide-variety of shots already with that one lens. However, if you ever need to shoot in low-lighting conditions, it would be good to pack in a prime lens with a wide opening and sensitivity to light. For example, you can invest in a 35mm 1.8 prime lens, which will allow you to shoot indoors even in low-lighting conditions. Having a high-speed lens will always be handy for low-lighting situations that cannot be handled by a regular zoom lens.