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5 things every photographer needs

5 things every photographer needs

Normally I browse the internet for new bodies and lenses that could improve my photo workflow and save time at work. But how many times these are completely different things that make it easier for me to speed up my work. Plus, it doesn't cost as much money as new bodies and lenses! That's why I wrote this short list of five things every photographer / videomaker should have.


Can you imagine going over half a republic for a job and using mobile navigation? Common thing. Then, while waiting for a client, you play a game and when you finally arrive, you get to work. You prepare a drone for aerial work and ..... damn it. The cell phone you need as a driver is discharged, you don't have a powerbank or a place to recharge it. This may be a bit of a problem. These and similar problems can be avoided, just have powebanku packed all the time (and occasionally recharge her at home)! Today you can buy universal powerbanks that will not only charge you mobile and tablet, but also a laptop, gopro etc.


Nothing has ever speeded up my work as much as an SSD. If you do not have this device in your PC or laptop, I recommend you to go to the shop and buy it as quickly as possible. And it's not just about copying, moving, or manipulating data. If you have a system installed on your SSD (for example, a braked Windows), you can expect that you will experience acceleration like never before (just on system boot and loading).


When I purchased Canon EOS R, a lot of people discouraged me from having two card slots so I could simultaneously save the shots on both cards and not risk losing my data. But what if I drown my camera? At that moment, I have two slots for nothing. For sure, I use an external disk for data backup. The advantage is that it has its own battery, so I don't need power. You can charge from the powerbank (point 1) and the disk itself can charge my mobile. And the best? It has an SD card reader, so you only need to insert the SD card from the camera into the disc in the free time (for example during a snack) and it will download the data itself. If you drown your camera, you still have photos on the disk. But I do not recommend to go swimming with a camera and a disc in my pocket. I recommend eg  WD My Passport Wireless Pro, SD, Wi-Fi - 2TB or LaCie Rugged 4TB


There are photo / video genres where you think filters aren't needed, but believe me, there will be times when they will come in handy, and you will be really sad that you don't have them. So just to summarize, I definitely recommend a polarizing filter that eliminates glare or reflections (such as level reflection, window reflection, etc.). Furthermore, the variable ND filter is more suitable for video cameras, so you can have a shutter speed set to double the framerate even in strong sunlight (eg 25fps 1/50, 50fps 1/100). Even filters are sold for drones that combine the properties of both polarizing and ND filters. If you use multiple lenses with different diameters (I suppose so), I recommend buying filters at the largest size you have (or what you plan for the future) and buy so-called "step-up rings", which are the transition rings that make you get eg from 68mm to 77mm and so on.


Over time, the bag will probably accumulate junk like these filters, cables, batteries, chargers, business cards or other promotional items and more. For example, I am giving out pancakes instead of business cards and you really don't want to open a backpack when taking pictures in the streets to take out a camera and then collect dozens of small things that will run around you. When you need to download the data, you also do not like to find that you left the cable or reader at home, or you have somewhere "down the road". For these purposes it is best to have as I call "futral". There are plenty of great cases on the market (such as PeakDesign, Lowepro, F-Stop and others), where you can store these things neatly, and when you look for them, you don't have to "swim" in a pile of accessories in your backpack, but you know exactly where to go.

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