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5 things every photographer needs

5 things every photographer needs

I routinely browse the internet for new bodies and lenses that could improve my photo workflow and save time while working. But how many times these are completely different things that make my job faster or easier. And it doesn't cost as much as new bodies and lenses! That's why I wrote this short list of five things every photographer / video maker should have.

1. Powerbank

Can you imagine that you are traveling across half of the country to order and using mobile navigation? Common thing. Then, while waiting for the client, you play a game and when it finally arrives, you get to work. And in the evening, when you want to get out of a strange city and turn on navigation again, your mobile phone is KO. This can be a bit of a problem. These and similar problems can be avoided, just keep the powebanka packed all the time (and sometimes recharge it at home)! Today I can buy universal power banks, which will not only charge your mobile and tablet, but also laptop, gopro etc. I use a power bank that has 10000mAh, so it charges my phone about 6 times before I have to recharge it.

2. SSD

Nothing ever speeds up my work as much as an SSD. If you do not have this device in your old PC or laptop, I recommend running into the shop and buying it as soon as possible. And it's not just about copying, moving, or manipulating data. If you have a system installed on your SSD (for example, Windows is stuck), be sure to experience acceleration like never before (just starting and loading the system).

3. External harddrive for data backup

When I took the Canon EOS R, a lot of people discouraged me that it did not have two card slots, so that I could save images on both cards at the same time and not risk losing data. But what if I drown the whole camera? At that moment, the two slots are completely useless. To be 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 a power bank (which I already have in point 1) and the drive itself can also charge my mobile. And the best? It has an SD card reader, so it is enough to insert the SD card from the camera into the disk in a free time (for example during a snack) and it will download the data itself. If you drown your camera, your photos are still on your drive. Certainly, but I do not recommend to go swimming with a camera and a disc in your pocket. I recommend eg WD My Passport Wireless SSD, which I use myself (mainly at weddings). You can use the MyCloud app on your mobile, which shows you the status of downloading data from the card.

4. Filters

There are photo / video genres where you say that filters are not needed, but believe me, there will be moments when they are at least useful, and you will be really sad that you do not have them. So just to summarize, I definitely recommend a polarizing filter that eliminates glare or reflections (eg level reflection, reflection in the shop window, etc.). Furthermore, rather for video cameras variable ND filter, so that even in strong sunlight, you can have the shutter speed set as twice the framerate (eg 25fps 1/50, 50fps 1/100). Drones even sell filters that combine the characteristics of both polarizing and ND filter. If you use multiple lenses with different diameters (I suppose), I recommend buying the largest size filters you have (or what you are planning for the future) and buying so-called step-up rings, which are transition reducers from 68mm to 77mm and so on.

5. Accessory case

Over time, your backpack will likely accumulate junk like filters, cables, batteries, chargers, business cards or other promotional items and more. For example, I give away pancakes instead of business cards and you really don't want to open a backpack to take out your camera while taking photos in the streets, and then collect dozens of small things that will spread around you. When you need to download data, you also don't like to find that you left your cable or reader at home, or you pulled it out somewhere "along the way". For these purposes, it's best to have, as I say, a "brothel football". There are lots of great cases on the market (such as PeakDesign, Lowepro, F-Stop and more), in which 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.

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