What’s In My {Camera} Bag?

I have seen photographers post about what they carry in their camera bags, prop bags, any bag they use on a shoot. I decided I’ll give it a try and show you all what I have in my bag.

Most of you have seen me lugging around not a bag but a SUITCASE! Yes, it basically is a suitcase. It is actually better than my actual suitcase. With Christmas money I got this year I was lucky enough to trade it all in for a new camera bag. I used to have a backpack camera bag and that began to overload and hurt my back. I was in desperate need of an upgrade. I believe I upgraded to THE BEST camera bag any photographer could get. Ladies and Gentleman let me introduce you to…. The Airport Security™ V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag from Think Tank!

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You may think to yourself, WOW Brittany that is a huge bag, what do you carry in it? My answer to you is simple, almost everything a photographer needs. Thats not even true. As a photographer you need alot but this is a good amount for me now. When you open up my bag it is a bag of goodies for me!

We will start with the basics that everyone would expect in a photographer’s bag. MY BABIES! Yes, my babies all five of them have a nice slot for each of them in my bag to keep them nice and safe. From my last post you know I recently got an 85mm lens {the newest baby} but I have plenty of other babies and here they are! From left to right we have my favorite baby, the 50mm lens. I love this lens and use it for almost any shoot. The next is my newest, the 85mm lens. My new baby that is trying to replace my love for my 50mm. The next baby is my wide, the 10mm-25mm lens. This was my first lens given to by my father. Two more left and the next is my 18mm-105mm. This is a generic lens that I don’t use much it is the lens that comes when your purchase a camera. Last but of course not least is my telephoto lens, the 55mm-300mm! This lens is my second favorite right behind the 50mm. It is great for portraits and of course nature! I am looking forward to expanding my family and adding on a macro lens in the near future. All of my lenses are Nikon lenses except for my wide which is a Tamron.

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Then the randoms come along. These are the items clients don’t normally think about but they are very helpful to make gorgeous photos. Top row starting left to right: We have two Pocket Wizards. Some of you may be like what are those? Are they Walkie Talkies? In a way they are walkie talkies but they aren’t. These allow me to take my flash or any light off camera and trigger it to my camera so the lights go off when I press the shutter. Next is my Flash, the Nikon SB 900 Speedlight. This of course allows me to add more light into a photograph. This is my life saver and has been throw some rough times with me, including a desert tortoise pushing it on the gravel. Next is my light meter, the Sekonic L-358 FlashMaster. This helps me read the light a tell me what to shoot at so I get the correct lighting. On the bottom row left to right we have: My Gray Card and Whi-Bal Cards. These keep my color correct so my clients aren’t blue or orange in a portrait. Of course I have my cleaning products, Purosol lens cleaner, Lenspen lens brushes and wipes. Then lastly, I of course have an extra camera battery. You never know what can happen and always need to be prepared.

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Then Lastly, in my camera bag I of course have MY CAMERA, the Nikon D90! I love my camera. It really has been good to me and treats my clients and myself well. I couldn’t do what I love to do without it. I of course had to make it a little “Brittany” and added the PhatStrap with my zebra and my favorite color neon green!

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Well, thats what is in my camera bag, well most of it. I of course have random things, such as battery changer, random cords, protective gear for my bag, batteries and of course memory cards which are actually in the first photo. I hope that gave you a little insight to what goes on in my bag. If anyone has questions or suggestions on what I could add let me know!

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My Newest Baby {85mm}

I am a Nikon addict! Ever since I have been interested in photography I have always shot with a Nikon. As a photographer you are often trying to grow your collection of equipment. I don’t like to call it my equipment though, I call it my family {my camera family, of course!}. I am lucky enough to have my family growing quite fast! The newest addition to my family is the 85mm Nikon lens. It was my birthday about two weeks ago and my mother’s gift to me was this lens! I am such a spoiled girl! I am so lucky for the things I am given in my life. I have gotten to do two shoots with this lens so far and it is amazing! I absolutely love it! It will not replace my favorite lens the 50mm though! I call it my baby because since I don’t have children {and I won’t for a long time!} these are basically my children. I take care of them, make sure their clean, and make sure their safe 24/7. I love my babies! Here are some photos of my newest baby!

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New Gadgets

Who doesn’t love new items no matter if you are a photographer or not everyone loves getting new things. Since christmas is ending and my birthday is vastly approaching I figured I would post some really interesting gadgets/gifts that I am in love with. Personally I love new camera related gifts, it is amazing what is available now-a-days.

For Christmas my grandparents bought me a Nikon camera lens mugs. Yes, a lens mug. It is one of the coolest things I know I probably even sound like a complete nerd right now but it is true. The first time I had seen one of these was at school and a teacher was carrying a lens (or what all of us students thought was a lens) then all of a sudden he puts his lens to his mouth and everyone in the class began to freak out. Little did he know none of us knew what a lens mug was and then he explained. I knew I needed one! Luckily I got one and I can’t wait to us it and fool everyone!

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A few days before Christmas my brother told me that my present may not be here in time for christmas and I told him that was fine. Was he excited to have me see what he got me though, I think he was more excited then myself. He even wanted me to guess what he got me and he gave me hints like; it was photo related but not photography gear. So I began to rack my brain what would it be. I actually said to him is it a Nikon Lens Mug? Nope, little did I know in his head he was freaking out thinking I was going to guess what he actually got me. I couldn’t figure it out. To make a long story short it ended up arriving on Christmas Eve and he made me open it that night. It was Nikon Lens Shot Glasses, a set of three. It was hilarious, now I’m not a drinking but it was great and he thought it was so funny.

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Something I don’t own but I wish I did because it is one of the greatest creations ever! When I begin a shoot I set everything up and grab my camera and take off the lens cap. But where do I place the lens cap? Pretty much anywhere that is free, if I have pockets I usually will place them there but if I don’t I will place it in my purse or my camera bag, anywhere available but the problem is, I forget where I place it and at the end of a shoot I begin to freak out where I put it. This is great and I really need it so I can always put my lens cap on it and never forget where I put it. A lens cap strap holder!

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The last thing that I received for Christmas is a new camera strap. I’m a girl who loves to accesorize. So I needed a new stylish strap. For those of you who don;t know me I am obsessed with the color neon green and zebra print. So of course I needed a strap to be like that. I searched everywhere for a camera strap that was a strap to a strap cover because that has velcro and I knew that would stick to my hair. I finally founded one and asked my mother for it for Christmas and she got me exactly what I wanted! It was great and I love it!

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Wonder if I will get any fun new gadgets for my birthday? I hope so! Their so much fun! The Lens Mug, Shot Glasses, and Lens Cap Strap Holder can all be found at Photojojo! along with other fabulous gadgets and gifts. The Strap can be found at Phat Straps.