What’s In My Camera Bag?

If you’ve ever been on YouTube I’m sure you’ve seen a plethora of beauty guru’s doing the ‘What’s In My Bag’ tag. Well today I’m putting a little spin on it and doing a What’s In My Camera Bag. You can see exactly what I take to every photo shoot I do, including those at college. So here goes…

The Camera

The most important thing in my bag is obviously my camera. I use a Nikon D7200 for all of my images with two SD cards inside, respectively 32GB and 16GB. This is the second DSLR camera I have owned and by far my favourite. I love that it has two SD card slots so that I always have a backup of my images incase one card fails. I’ve never had an SD card corrupt on me but I like to be prepared as loosing my images would be the worst scenario. It also has an excellent long exposure mode where I can leave it to take exposures for as long as I like without holding the button like on many other cameras. I can just open the shutter and go back and close the shutter later, this is very useful for when I am doing astrophotography

The Lenses

Next I have a selection of four lenses to use with my camera.  Two of these lenses I use a great deal, these are the Nikon 18-55mm and the Nikon 50mm. By far these are my favourite lenses and the most versatile. Just behind these two is the Sigma 70-300mm, although a wonderful lens, it’s just not as versatile as the other two. And finally, is my Lensbaby 50mm Spark, I’ve only used this lens a couple of times as it has such a small niche.

Nikon 18-55mm

This is my kit lens, a Nikon 18-55mm, that came with my camera. This is my most used lens as it can be used for a range of subjects, from portraiture to landscapes. Most images you see will have been taken with this lens.

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Nikon 50mm

The Nikon 50mm is the lens I use for portraiture work and anything where I want a very shallow depth of field. This lens is f 1.8 at its widest aperture. This means that it can let in lots of light and allows me to have the background very blurred when focused on a subject.

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Sigma 70-300mm

This was the first lens I purchased separately to my camera back in the summer of 2015. The main reason I don’t use this lens as much as the others is because it is hard to use without a tripod. It is a large lens meaning it is difficult to keep it steady when shooting by hand.

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Lensbaby 50mm Spark

This is my least used lens, simply because it is so specialist. It is not made to be an everyday lens, it is a lens when you want special effects to ensure a creative image. When using this lens you get a very small area of focus with a warped focus everywhere else. It can create gorgeous images if used right, but it is difficult to get there.

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The Accessories

Lens Converters

Before I purchased new lenses, I used my kit lens with lens converters. These are a much cheaper way to change how your images look. Although cheaper, they in no way compare to new lenses with a wider capability. With lens converters you can change the focal length of the lens outside of its usual capacity.

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Filters

Filters are a transparent piece of plastic or glass that fits over your camera lens to enhance the image. I use neutral density filters and graduated filters when I am doing landscape photography. By using a graduated filter I can ensure that both the sky and the foreground are accurately exposed. Neutral density filters decrease the amount of light that is let into the camera, this means that I can use a longer exposure without blowing out the highlights in my image whilst also blurring the motion.

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Tripod

The final piece of kit I take to shoots with me is my tripod. This holds my camera steady so that I do not have camera shake and I can also shoot hands free. It is great for taking long exposures or using a large lens such as the 70-300mm.

The Extras

As well as my camera equipment I also sometimes take my macbook and hard drives to shoots with me. This is so that I can view and edit my images on the go rather than waiting until I get home. This is particularly useful when I have a spare time at college or so that I can check if I need any more images before I leave.

So that’s it, that’s what is in my camera bag. I hope you found it interesting and I’ll see you soon.

-Alex

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