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Can you name 5 essential items that should be in every camera bag?


TIP #2A: DUST BLOWER OR LENS PEN


A dust blower like the one in this image has a soft brush that helps you to remove dust from your lens or camera without damaging the lens.  Lenses have special coatings and it can easily be scratched, rendering your valuable lens useless.  Lens pens can also be used for this purpose, but you have to be careful in using it not to press too hard so that you can scratch or damage the camera.  A useful place to use the brush and dust blower is at the view finder - most people care all about the lens but forget to clean this little area where lots of dust can accumulate.









































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TIP #2B: UV HAVE / SKYLIGHT / 1A FILTER


Although this filter slightly reduces the ultra violet haziness that appears in images, the are also very useful to protect your lens. Nowadays they even make a clear glass filter just for lens protection - a much cheaper option than buying a UV Haze filter.  Take note - although you get a skylight and also a 1A-filter, they all serve the same purpose - to remove the haziness, and then also to protect the lens.  It is much cheaper to replace a broken or scratched UV-filter than an expensive lens.

TIP #2C: QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM ON YOUR TRIPOD

To attach a camera to a tripod you would normally screw it to the tripod - see the screw mount in the first image below.  While this is all good and well, it takes time to mount / un-mount a camera in this way and also wears out the attachments after some time.  Luckily for us there is a quick and easy way to attach and remove a camera from a tripod - it is called a quick-release attachment.  Firmly attach the holder to the tripod (second photo) and then (also firmly) attach the base plate to the camera.  Now you can quickly attach and release the camera from the tripod with this useful item, saving you time and reducing wear-and-tear on your equipment.




TIP #2D: GREY CARD

Use a grey card to quickly get an accurate light reading for your exposure.  

Trivial question: What is the difference between a grey card and a gray card?

Answer: Nothing to the item itself. The difference is in that GRAY is US-spelling and GREY is UK spelling. But I think you knew that.



TIP #2E: EXTRA

Here I am only using the word EXTRA because there are many items that you must have extra in your camera bag: memory cards, camera batteries, flash batteries, and so the list could go on and on and…  OK. I’ll stop now.



Recommended courses/workshops that will cover this topic(s):  FP102 - Freelance digital photography, FP201 - Exposure Workshop, FP202 - Strobist (flash) Workshop.


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Some of the images on this pages were sourced from: http://www.steveszone.co.uk/accessories_camera_lenscare.shtml

And http://www.photo4less.com/products/Canon_58mm_UV_Haze_Filter__________CA58UV.html