1. Spare Battery –– There’s nothing worse than running out of juice. You don’t need to buy the manufacturers brand. Save money and purchase a non-branded spare.
2. Spare Memory Card –– Or two depending on how much you shoot. And, how do you plan to transfer your video (or stills for that matter) when you get short of memory cards, especially on a long trip? Do you need to bring a laptop? (I’ll write a post soon about how to avoid bringing your computer.)
3. Lens Tissue –– Before heading out EVERY day, hold the lens up to a bright light or the sun to see if it’s dusty or has spots on it.
4. A Small Pack to carry the above. If these indispensable items are always in the bag you don’t have to think what’s supposed to be in it. Get one that’s as possible, just what will fit these items and DO NOT load it with other things like kids toys, crayons, etc. Figure out how you’d like to carry it: on a belt, over your shoulder, in a purse. If you’ve got a big camera bag, you don’t need to carry it with all your accessories like the battery charger and every memory card you brought on the trip every time you venture out. The small bag will save your back and your energy.
5. Ziplock Plastic Bag –– If it’s pouring rain or you’re in a boat, put your camera, your cell phone, anything electronic in a sealable plastic bag. Once on a rainy fishing trip my phone was destroyed and it didn’t even get wet. There was so much moisture around, the electronics fried.
All the these tips apply to shooting stills!
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