Preparation Pays Off

“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.” – Albert Einstein

I like being prepared. I like it when it comes to work, trips, daily activities, and photography. I am the person who picks out his clothes the night before. When we go on trips, I pack up the night before, and what I don’t pack I make a list of what I need to pack right before I go. When I go somewhere to take pictures for the first time, I typically bring the bulk of my gear with me. I don’t want to miss anything, and I am worried that if I don’t have the right lens for the right moment, I won’t be prepared to capture it.

I made sure I had everything I needed and more when I went on a hike at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park this summer. I knew I would we would come across some waterfalls, so I had to be ready. I brought my larger bag with all of my lenses, extra batteries, and my larger tripod. Typically, when I go out, I bring my small tripod with me, but this time I was glad I brought the big one because it allowed me to get these great captures of Juney Whank Falls. While you don’t have to bring everything with you when you go out to take pictures, here are some essentials I bring with me every time I go out to do so.

🔋 I always have at least one extra fully charged battery with me. If the battery in my camera dies, then I have an expensive paper weight in my bag.

🔍 I have a couple of standard filters with me. I usually have my polarizing and UV filter. The filter I used to get the long exposure effect of my ND filter.

🔚I always have a tripod with me. I have a mini one that I use most often because it’s small and light weight. I have my larger that I used for these shots on this post.

ðŸ“ą My cell phone not only serves as a great guide to know where I am, it also is another great camera in my pocket.

There is my list of essentials that I always bring with me. What items are must haves in your camera bag?

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