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Handy tools & gadgets to carry

You never know when you may need them


Be prepared! Your camera bag should include more than just photography equipment to avoid frustration when you need a simple tool to solve a problem, and you just don't have it.

Packing a tool & gadget kit in your camera bag can save the day.
Packing a tool & gadget kit in your camera bag can save the day.

Seasoned photographers have found the following items to be useful when away from the studio:

  • small screwdrivers;
  • a lens cleaning kit;
  • a permanent pen for labeling things such as partially-exposed film canisters or a digital media card's holder;
  • note book and pen or a small tape recorder;
  • a penlight;
  • a multi-purpose knife;
  • scissors;
  • pliers;
  • tweezers;
  • a mirror;
  • a comb;
  • masking tape;
  • rubber bands;
  • safety pins;
  • single-edge razor blades;
  • a lint brush;
  • facial tissue; and
  • resealable plastic bags.

When you are far from home or your photo studio, small items you might need to remove lint, comb a model's hair or snip a loose thread won't be available unless you have the forethought to bring them with you.
When you are far from home or your photo studio, small items you might need to remove lint, comb a model's hair or snip a loose thread won't be available unless you have the forethought to bring them with you.

Depending on the project, the camera equipment you are carrying, and the location, you may need a different kit. It could include, for example:

  • a compass,
  • first aid kit,
  • insect repellant,
  • clamps,
  • allen wrenches,
  • paper clips,
  • a hand heater,
  • paper towels,
  • Q-tips cotton swabs,
  • cloths and so on.

You never know when you might need a first aid kit, an all-purpose hunting knife or a survival kit/whistle. And, of course, spare batteries in a waterproof case.
You never know when you might need a first aid kit, an all-purpose hunting knife or a survival kit/whistle. And, of course, spare batteries in a waterproof case.

Give it some thought when you're planning a photo session in the field. Of course, you need to put together all of your photography gear - camera, media cards or film, batteries, reflectors, etc. - but what non-photography items could you need that will add to your comfort, protect you or just be handy to have?

  • Will you be shooting where your model/subject could get wet? Bring towels, an umbrella and a blow dryer.
  • Are you going out in the desert? At a minimum, take water, a hat, an umbrella, maps and a cell phone. A large, ice-filled drink cooler could be essential.
  • Could the temperature drop suddenly? Bring warm clothing and fire starters.
  • When you are shooting a subject in swimwear, a bathrobe could be very welcome.
  • If you will be shooting in bear country, having bear deterrent spray is generally advisable.
  • Having an umbrella handy in the event of a sudden downpour or to shade you or your photo subject from hot sun can be a blessing.
    Having an umbrella handy in the event of a sudden downpour or to shade you or your photo subject from hot sun can be a blessing.

    The lists could go on. But, you get the idea. Plan ahead. Think about what you can reasonably expect and what might unexpectedly occur. Could you need a stool, a small folding table, food or a small stepladder? How about rain gear, survival equipment such as a sleeping bag,or two-way radios? Your subjects will thank you for your thoughtfulness. Being prepared for any eventuality can make all the difference, and ensure that your photo shoot is a success.

    Make sure you have the right tools and accessories so you don't get caught short.

    If you plan to take pictures in wildernesss areas, bear spray added to your tool kit could be a life-saver.
    If you plan to take pictures in wildernesss areas, bear spray added to your tool kit could be a life-saver.