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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

5 Essential Items a Photographer Should Carry Around When Doing an Outdoor Photo Shoot

Some of you might have already started guessing what these items might be. A few might say a light weight mid-range zoom lens; others might say a tripod or even extra batteries. These are definitely justifiable accessories, but today I would like to write about small items that most of the time we tend to overlook or never even bother to consider.
Have you ever been in a situation in which the slightest things have jeopardized the whole photo shoot? I bet you have had such an experience.
So let us see together the five essential items you should have with you when shooting an outdoor photo shoot.
Pencil and Paper
When words are not enough you resort to diagrams and sketches. There will be instances, where no matter how hard you try to get a message through it turns to be an impossible task. During these moments a pencil or pen and a piece of paper can do miracles.
You do not have to be a fully fleshed artist, though I am sure most of you are very capable, to draw diagrams and shapes. The best way to explain poses is by drawing stick figures. They are easy to draw and effective.
First Aid Kit
A small first aid kit should do the job. If you include plasters, bandages, scissors, and disposable gloves it should be good as a starting point. You might want to throw in some painkillers and an insect repellent spray or lotion.
Sewing Kit
Though this should be part of the model's accessory list, I suggest you take care of it in case your model oversees this important item. You do not want to ruin a photo shoot simply for a loose button or a torn strap.
Together with this I suggest you include some pins and paper clips. They come in very handy when you are in a hurry and pressed for time.
Adhesive Tape & Rubber bands
I have an arsenal of these types of mini items. On more than one occasion such items have turned out to be invaluable articles.
Anything that can be used to fix, mend or tie is a good candidate. Items such as adhesive tape, rubber bands, sticky gum, a small stapler and string are all valuable things that can save your day. Uses can vary from fixing temporary a tripod to attaching a reflector to a branch or pole.
Chocolate Bars
Last but not least, you should have a snack high in sugar content, such as a couple of chocolate bars. These are small and easy to carry around. Though one usually plans the duration of a photo shoot, at times due to factors beyond your control, the set time is exceeded.
During these extra hours, both you and your model would appreciate a snack high in sugar content. This should supplement your bodies with the needed energy, as it would help you get along with a couple of more working hours.
Taking on board the above mentioned items, will guarantee that the chances of a photo shoot going wrong are kept to a minimum. To your advantage, it can be an opportunity to show that you are a professional person to work with, as you have always a contingency plan in case things do not go as planned.
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Author: Michael Abela
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