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As a photographer, I get asked all the time what I carry in my camera bag. It\'s not an easy question to answer because it changes depending on where I\'m going and what kind of shoot or event it is that I\'ll be photographing. Sometimes you need more than one lens, sometimes you don\'t even bring your photo gear at all! But there are definitely some essentials that every photographer should have in their bag no matter the situation.

The first thing i keep is a Lens Cleaning Kit. Cameras are expensive pieces of equipment, and you don\'t want to damage or dirty them with fingerprints or dirt smudges. A simple lens cleaning kit will help ensure your lenses stay clean before shooting so that they can provide the best image possible. When traveling, I keep my cleaning kit in a Ziploc bag.

The next thing I keep is a teleconverter or a extension tube, depending on the shoot. These pieces of equipment allow you to shoot with your telephoto lens as a macro lens. Keep in mind someone using this accessory will need to focus manually because the extension tube or teleconverter is acting like a magnifying glass and distorting the light hitting the camera\'s sensor. I keep mine in my photo backpack, which has all sorts of pockets.

This means that I have to carry a tripod. For shoots where I\'m not walking around a lot, I keep my tripod in the car and only pull it out if I need it. However, for shoots where I\'ll be walking around a lot or shooting from different angles, such as an engagement session or wedding, getting good shots mean using my tripod.

Another piece of equipment that I bring with me is a lens hood for my lenses that have one available. The purpose of these accessories is to block out light from hitting the camera\'s sensor from the side, instead of directly in front of it. By blocking this light, you will be able to get better images by avoiding lens flare.

Lastly, I make sure to have a few memory cards on me. Professionally, I keep all of my images on my laptop as backups as well as in my cloud backup. But if I\'m going out for personal reasons or just taking some photos around the city with friends, having a back up storage device is really important.
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