Hey, y’all! In this blog, I’ll talk about three things that will make your life as a photographer, or someone who just loves taking photos, much easier. These items are: a camera bag that allows easy access to your gear, books that will up your skill as a photographer, and a handy tool that will take your selfie game to whole new level.

A Good Camera Bag

Having the proper gear for a photo shoot — or at least the gear you feel most comfortable using — is a necessity. For a while, I used to just throw all of my equipment into a backpack and attach the tripod on the bottom. This would require me to take off the pack and open it up to access my camera, lenses or SD cards,  or other equipment I needed during the shoot. When it was just me taking landscape shots, this was fine, but when I began taking portraits, I needed quicker access to my gear. 

You don’t want your clients standing around while you have to dig through your backpack. That’s why I recommend a camera bag like the DSLR Shoulder Bag from CADeN. It allows you to carry your DSLR, two lenses, a tripod, and other equipment such as SD cards while also allowing easy access to your gear. This helps you transition to a different lens or swap out SD cards at a much faster pace. Then you can get back to taking photos! Whether your shots are of nature or portraits, this camera bag will suit your needs. 

A Helpful Book

The next item on our list is a book. Not just any book, but one that will guide you in taking photos in a variety of settings. I have used many tips from the first book in the series, The Digital Photography Book, by Scott Kelby, such as how to shoot “tack sharp” images and tips for portraits and landscapes. I highly recommend Part 1, and I will have Part 2 shortly. I can’t wait to see what I will learn! The author will teach you how to use your DSLR, and you will leave with a better understanding of your camera.

A Handy Tool

Lastly, as I said in the title, here is a handy tool that will help any photographer who uses a DSLR. It is called a Timer Remote Switch and will change how you take “selfies” as a photographer. How many times have you run from your DSLR camera to get into the shot within your 10 second timer? Or seen a photographer doing so? Without this device, you will be returning to your camera and doing this over and over until you have your shot; however, with this device, you can set up a timer that will have your camera take photos at intervals (such as a 1 second  interval) until you push stop. 

So, after you setup the camera with the shot and settings you desire, you can head up to your wife, family, dog, or whoever you’re taking a photo with, and do your serious photo, goofy photo, and romantic photo before returning to the camera. This tool will save you time and the hassle of running back and forth between photos. It is a must have!

There you have it, y’all! Three helpful tools for your photography tool-bag.