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Monday
Jun092008

Whats In My Camera Bag? - Photography On The Cheap!

My Camera BagInspired by a recent video from TWIP, i decided to share with you the contents of my camera bag.... no thousand Dollar lenses here (in fact no lenses at all, and as I'm making the video with my S5700, no camera...), but I thought it may give you some ideas for stuff that you could take along on your Photo expeditions too.









Now I'm not saying you could walk around Africa with this set-up, but for short Photowalks most of the things you'll need are there - apart from some snacks of course!

There's two things I really want to get next - a better tripod, and a reflector for people shots - which I'm building up my courage to do! I think I'm going to have a go at making my own reflector from white cotton on one side, and foil on the other, then some sort of springy surround to make it fold-able. Watch this space!

Thanks, Rob.

Reader Comments (10)

You know what I never thought of a water bottle...

June 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterThe Laddie

One thing dude just noticed that was missing... The cokin filter holder?

June 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWeeJamer

I record these vids on my S5700 - and the Cokin Holder and Hood are always on it, so its quick and easy just to slide in whichever filter I need, plus I guess the Hood helps to avoid lens flare.

June 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Where can you buy a polarizing filter? And how much do they cost? I really want to start buying some filters and stuff to get some more interesting results.

June 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervintagecherries

First find out the thread of your camera lens - in the manual - then head on over to eBay or your local camera shop and look for a circular polarizing filter. Both mine are linear, but apparently circular polarizers are more forwards compatible in terms of auto focus. Instead of getting the exact size filter, you can also get a step-up ring, which adapts the thread size, then you can use other sizes of filter.

An alternative is to go for the Cokin System, which uses an adapter (specific for your lens thread size), a holder, and the filter itself. Cokin A is better for smaller cameras. With the Cokin system you simply slide your choice of filter into the holder, and therefore you have more control about where the effect of the filter is on your photo. The two Cokin Filters worth having are the Polarizer and the Grad. There's loads of other special effect filters too, and they're great if you don't want to do the effects in your Photo Editing software.

Price? You can get a whole load of Cokin kit on eBay for under £20 - but tracking down your lens adapter can take awhile.

Regular filters, vary in price depending on the quality.

June 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

thanks- i think I'm going to get a polarizing and a gradient filter. :)

June 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjosie

Good choice!

June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Have you thought of using one of the cheap folding sunscreens for cars as your base for a reflector?
The ones with the springy bit round the edge.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterColin

Good idea Colin, I'll look out for one at the car boot sale!

Cheers, Rob.

June 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Would be really good to see a new updated version of this video with all your new camera equipment.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Jones

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