Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Photography Essentials


I get asked a lot about what camera equipment I use, so today I thought it would be fun to share a little peek at what I carry inside my camera bag. Whether it's out and about taking photos of the kids or on location for a photoshoot, these are some of my most used photography tools, along with a few of my everyday essentials.


1. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II and really don't think I could live without my baby. I love this camera, although the new Mark III has certainly caught my eye. :)

2. Canon 24-70mm 2.8 lens. This has started to become one of my most used lenses. I love that it's so versatile! It's good in low light situations, has a bit of zoom as well as a wider angle for those tight spots. I bought this lens to take with me on my trip to Australia and I haven't looked back!

3. Canon 50mm 1.2 lens. This is my most favourite lenses hands down. Before I go the 1.2 I had the Canon 50mm 1.4 which was my go-to lens for years. I like to carry my 50mm around when I'm out with the family because its small and easy to manage with all the kids in tow. It's not ideal in ALL situations but more times than not, if I'm running out the door, this is the lens I grab.

4. I don't use it often, but when I need flash my Canon Speedlight 430 EX flash is what I use.

5. My Bath and Body Works Pink Mint mentha lip tint is always with me wherever I go.

6. I carry my iPad with me all the time on photoshoots. I keep past client photos stored on it that I can flip through for quick inspiration for poses, etc. if needed during a session.

7. I love my Fossil wallet SO much. It's just the right size - I can even tuck the iPhone in the front pocket.  It's got lot's of room and the soft blue grey color goes well with almost any bag.

8. I love my little camera strap buddy! I've been using it for a couple of years now and can't imagine carrying my camera without it.

I carry all of these must-haves inside my darling Rose Jo Totes bag in coral. Jo Totes is my favourite place to shop for gorgeous camera bags made especially for women. The quality, colours and versatility of their bags is amazing and I love being able to fit so much inside my Jo Tote while still looking stylish. I'm so attached to my Jo Tote that if I'm heading out without my camera, I take out the removeable padded inserts and just use it as a handbag. I could go on and on {and on} about how much I love my these bags and I'll let you in on a little secret....Jo Totes will be hosting a giveway here at Simple as That in a couple of weeks time so stay tuned for a chance to win one of these gorgeous bags for yourself!! :)


So there you have it. A quick peek at some of the my photography must haves. For a comprehensive list of my photography equipment, including the cameras and lenses I started out with, please visit my FAQ section here. You might also be interested in...

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Have any photography related questions for me? Shoot away in the comments, I'd be happy to answer what I can.

I'd also love to hear, what essentials are inside YOUR camera bag?


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Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.

20 comments:

  1. the most beautiful camera bag ever!

    =)
    dailylivingingeneva.blogspot.com

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  2. Jealous! Your bag (& it's content) are gorgeous!!
    I posted about my camera bag a little while back: http://www.lenabphotography.com/2012/10/whats-in-your-camera-bag.html
    Have a great day!

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  3. Love your stuff! Wish I could afford the lens you love. Sigh, maybe someday.

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  4. Everyone starts somewhere and I definitely didn't start out in photography using L series lenses. :) My very first favourite lens was the 50mm 1.8, then I graduated to a 50mm 1.4 - both great lenses that I used all the time prior to getting my 50mm 1.2. :) You can see a full list of the photography equipment I've used through the years here: http://www.simpleasthatblog.com/p/faq.html

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  5. Everyone starts somewhere and I definitely didn't start out in photography using L series lenses. :) My very first favourite lens was the 50mm 1.8, then I graduated to a 50mm 1.4 - both great lenses that I used all the time prior to getting my 50mm 1.2. :) You can see a full list of the photography equipment I've used through the years here: http://www.simpleasthatblog.com/p/faq.html

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  6. Everyone starts somewhere and I definitely didn't start out in photography using L series lenses. :) My very first favourite lens was the 50mm 1.8, then I graduated to a 50mm 1.4 - both great lenses that I used all the time prior to getting my 50mm 1.2. :) You can see a full list of the photography equipment I've used through the years here: http://www.simpleasthatblog.com/p/faq.html

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  7. LOVE that camera bag, not to mention your camera. Jealous. I'm ready to 'pull the trigger' and buy a new camera and this post just makes me want to do it right now!

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  8. "Comments, shoot away" -- love the pun! I never even knew there was a 50 mm 1.2 lens! I have the 1.8. Been shooting since Jan and am ready to purchase a 2nd lens. Considering the EFS 15-85 f/3.5 recommended by my brother in law who shoots wedding photography. What do you think? I have a Canon T1i and wanted a zoom lens for versatility. And cool Camera Buddy product! I'd love not having my camera hit me in the belly, or J's head, while walking around!

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  9. love it! thanks for sharing. i have been looking at getting a purse/camera bag and was actually looking at the exact one you have... i think you just convinced me! my only problem is how to get it overseas (we live in europe...)

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  10. I need one of those bags. They look amazing. Sometimes I just toss my camera into my purse, but that's not really the best way to care for it. I hate that ugly old black bag.

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  11. Love that bag...love the photo treatment.

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  12. Anonymous2:32 PM

    I love your blog, but the color you use for dates, blog titles and various links is so light and difficult to read. It really detracts from the overall aesthetic appeal of your blog.

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  13. I love the pictures. The coral pink and the vintage turquoise look great together. I love the vintage camera.

    Emma
    http://emmavogelsang.blogspot.com

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  14. The Pictures.. The Bag :).. so nice!

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  15. I love that bag! And the color is so lovely

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  16. thank you so much! after i read your post i finally purchased the 50mm 1.4 and LOVE it!! i just got it today and cannot wait to take it on vaca with us. thanks! one weird question i do have is do you have a strap on your camera? i do, but never seem to use it other then holding it by. i was thinking a small strap would work just as good and wouldnt take up so much room in my bag. silly question but i was just curious:) thanks!

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  17. Thanks for such an informative post! I still use only the basic Rebel model and iPhoto, but hope to invest in more for my photography soon. It is so hard to know what to save up for on my teacher salary; everything is so expensive! Your post gave me a lot of great ideas.

    I have been eyeing the J Totes bags for over a year now, and think I just need to take the plunge and buy one for myself! I love them!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Daina

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  18. LOVE that bag. so so pretty. i just upgraded to the mark ii and i'm trying really hard not to have mark iii envy. i love my 24-70 mm lens too. i'm glad you included your speed lite. that's one of the things on my christmas wish list and i wasn't sure which one to get.

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  19. Love your photos! If I may ask...why Canon and why over day Nikon?

    I'm shopping for a new camera I've needed to upgrade for a while now but have a very tight budget. Plus trying to decide what I need is hard & confusing I mostly take pictures of the kids, travel & the normal stuff. My kids are gymnast so at meets I do need the ability to get several shots quickly, but not like at say a football game.

    Please any suggestions?
    Thanks!

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  20. Not a pink kind of female but that Rose bag in Coral is calling my name for some reason! May have to save up my pennies for one Unless I get lucky here! Happy Thanksgiving!

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