What's in my camera bag?
This post has been in the works for a long time. I never wanted to showcase what was in my camera bag until I knew for sure that I want to work with this set up for a while. So here we are! This may change over time so be sure to check back if I make an updated post. At the end of this post I will put a link to an Amazon List I put together so you can shop for anything that is in my bag!
First let's talk about the bag itself. I have done a TON of research on bags and what will be best for me. After watching Peter Mckinnon review a similar bag from this particular brand, I knew I found the one. (If you don't watch Peter Mckinnon, you should! Check out his YouTube Channel here.) This is the Lowepro Fastpack BP 150 AW II. It's perfect because it fits everything I need especially when I travel. The compartments make it super easy to take out at security and there is even a protected slot in the back to fit my 15' MAcBook Pro! The sections inside are adjustable so as my gear grows I can readjust to make more room. Perfect for any level of photographer.
If you don't already know, I have alway been a Nikon person. It's really only because back in college that was the first DSLR I got for my photography class and I haven't gone back since. Every Nikon camera I have worked with has been amazing and i haven't had any problems (*knock on wood*). The particular body that I use is a Nikon D3200. It is an older model but it does an amazing job at capturing everything that I want from a wedding day to a senior session.
The lenses I use most often are my 18-70mm lens and my 50mm lens. The 18-70mm is the lens I first started out with and believe it or not, I second shoot and entire wedding with that guy! It has been my go-to for a long time until I got my 50mm lens. The 50mm lens has been what I have been wanting for a long time! I could honestly shoot an entire wedding with that alone! But one the less, these are my go-tos. I go have a Tamrom 70-200mm lens that I use on occasion especially if I'm second shooting from the back of a church for a wedding or something like that. I will list that lens in my Amazon list as well.
Next is my handy, dandy flash. Forever I was always scared to use them, that was more so because I didn't know how to use them. One day I decided that I should get one to figure out how to use it. This little Altura Photo flash is pretty great. It's super easy to use and I feel a lot more skilled with it. It is also very affordable if you would like to try one out! I highly recommend it!
Something else that is an essential in my camera bag is extra batteries! Of all kinds! I have extras for my camera, my flash and for my shutter release remote. You never know when something is going to run out of power. Espically during a first dance (not speaking from experience or anything), but it's good to be prepared.
This reflector is probably one of the coolest things I have discovered! It can fold down and fit perfectly into my camera bag, plus it has four different refection options! I typically use the white and gold sides but there is also a black and silver side too. This is also another affordable purchase and I use it everyday. I never thought I would use this as much as I am but I'm very glad I purchased it!
This next go-to is probably one of the greatest things I have ever found. This is the JJC MC-SD12 Water Resistant Holder Storage Memory Card Case. It is water resistant plus it holds 12 SD cards which is pretty awesome. It's heavy duty so I know if I drop the case I won't damage any of my cards and I won't loose them either. It snaps closed and keeps your SD cards nice and safe. I honestly, could go on for days about this!
These next two things are a little random but they are on the side of you never know situations. First is the JJC DSLR Camera Rain Cover. I didn't invest in this until recently, we had been getting quite a bit of rain up in Wisconsin and I was always worried about getting my camera wet. Hope Taylor was the one to recommend this. It covers your camera to protect it from the rain. It probably won't protect it from a torrential down pour but you probably won't be photographing in that anyway. You'd rather be on the safe side and protect your equipment.
The second piece is business cards. I have been doing this more lately because I have been running into situations where I meet someone who is interested and I don't have a business card on me. I end up having to direct them to my Instagram account to learn more. Not the best idea but it's better than nothing. Now I always carry them around just incase.
Lastly this pack has all the gear I need to set up my camera for my shutter release remote. If you don't know about this already go check my blog post about how to take self portraits to learn more. I have three of these zip up cubes which are actually packing cube I found at TJMaxx. I linked similar storage bags in my Amazon List. These are great to keep everything organized and nor a mess in my bag.