UfD: 10 Things I Can’t Live Without in My Kit
If your photography kit is anything like mine, you have a bit, but there will be pieces that you can’t live without. So today I thought I would share with you my top 10 things that I couldn’t live without.
1/ My Camera
What would a photographer be without their camera. I don’t think I am alone in my feelings towards it. I have a Nikon D800 and it has been the most spectacular camera I’ve ever had. I couldn’t be happier with it. It is something we all have to do is to get a camera that we love using and one that will do what you want it to do.
I first got the Nikon 24-70mm lens because I thought it would be a good portrait lens and that sort of thing for doing cycling. I did have plans for doing some portrait work, but didn’t do much. When I got it I was using my Nikon D300s and I was a bit disappointed with it. I found it wasn’t as wide as I had hoped, so I thought I had made a massive mistake.
Then I got the D800 and it was perfect for that camera. Now I use it all the time and I am so glad that I got it. It is my go to lens.
3/ My Macro Lens
This is a new lens for me. I got the Nikon 105mm Micro lens at the end of last year. I was lucky with having an opportunity to try out some other macro lenses during the year, most notably the Tamron 90mm macro. So when it came time for me to get my own macro I had a very good idea about what I wanted. I did get the grant for the book, so I was able to get the Nikon macro. I have used it a lot and I am enjoying where my macro images are going.
4/ My Tripod
I got my first tripod over 20 years ago and it served me well. It was a Manfrotto and while it wasn’t fancy, it did well. The only reason I decided to replace it was because the screws that I had to use to tighten the legs weren’t working too well and the legs would sink. So it became time to get a new one. Who doesn’t want a Gitzo tripod, but it was too expensive for me, so I decided I would stick with Manfrotto. I got a carbon fibre one with a ball head. I have used it so much and it has fabulous. I couldn’t live without it.
5/ My Remote Shutter Release
It is an underrated item, but I am glad I got it. It has been so useful in so many situations. I was also delighted to find out last year that it was also an intervalometer. That has been fantastic for doing long exposures and astrophotography.
6/ My Computer
A couple of months ago I upgraded my PC and have been so happy with it. I think any photographer these days understands how important having a computer that can keep up with you and what you are doing is an absolute must.
7/ Adobe Photoshop
There are so many different types of software for working on photos out there. I don’t know them all and some I will never use, but I do love Photoshop. I love what I can do with it and what it can do to my images. There isn’t anything I don’t like. It is great to experiment and find out new tools and see what else I can do. The learning never stops.
8/ The Lee Big Stopper Filter
I have a few filters, and a few more on order, so I don’t know if this will remain my favourite filter, but right now it is. I enjoy doing long exposures and I know I haven’t experimented enough with them, so will be working on that in the next few months. If the weather of late is anything to go by there will be lots of opportunities to practice.
9/ The Lowepro Flipside 15L Bag
I have three bags, but the Lowepro is by far my favourite and the one I use the most. It doesn’t stop me from changing lenses and it isn’t too big to carry around. My tripod fits on it nicely and well, I think it is so comfortable, so I am never tired of wearing it, well almost.
10/ My 80-200mm Lens
I have lots of stuff, and this last one was hard to work out. It was a toss up between this lens and my really wide, the 14-28mm, but in the end I thought, what would I want if I could only have one of them, and in the end I decided I wanted the 80-200mm. It is a good option and I can also use it for long exposures as my adaptor ring for the Lee Filter holder will also fit it.
So there are my Top 10 pieces of photography kit that I really couldn’t live without. So what are you favourite items and what couldn’t you live without?
The photos today reflect the images that I was able to get because of my top 10 favourite pieces of kit.