Essential gear to take with you when you walk out the front door

A photographer headed out the front door will always carry a backpack full of cameras and accessories with them at all times. Heck, sometimes I head out and I feel like I am taking everything i have, including the kitchen sink with me. However, many often forget the essential non-camera related accessories that many of us forget. But these are things you should always carry with you…

Carrying electrical tape is essential for many photo shoots. It may not seem useful at first, but consider this: you are involved in a major photo shoot and you have to attach one of your flashes to a tree or a railing to get the best off-camera light. Electrical tape is a simple and temporary tool for this job.

Anything that can’t be held by electrical tape can be held by alligator clips. These are especially useful for holding wires away from the lens during complicated shoots.

Bring a clean towel to help wipe off your camera lens if it rains or if mud splashes the lens. Alternatively, invest in a rain cover for your camera. I use the Manfrotto MPL E-704 Rain Cover Extension Kit. See that kit by clicking here Manfrotto Bags MPL-E-704 Rain Cover Extension Sleeve Kit

Other accessories you should take to every photo shoot include a pad of paper for taking notes of where you were and what time of day you should return, pencils, a flashlight, a cell phone for safety and some water and an energy or granola bar in case hunger strikes and you are far off the beaten track….

I am sure there are many more accessories you can think of, if you care to share, share in the comments field...


Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: