21 Must Have Items For A Photography Kit

21 Must Have Items For A Photography Kit

This week at Gaffer Power, we’re thrilled to be featured in a blog post by Gymer Images LLC about their 21 photography kit must have items! Read on to find out how they use our premium grade gaffer tape while on a shoot and be sure to check out the original blog post here to find out their reasons for using the other 20 items!

“As photographers, we continue to look for morecool stuff to carry with us. These items make our life easier, but can lighten our wallets if we’re not careful.

So…I decided to make a list of some of the “must haves” that have justified their inclusion in my camera bag/backpack/case, and therefore (in my opinion) should never be left at home.

Looking at the many available lists can be daunting and time-consuming, so the essential items here are what I’ve been carrying in my kit for years (most of them) or a few months (there is always a new gadget that might make the “Must Haves” list).

Recently I was reading one of the many emails that appear daily in my inbox, and I came across an article titled “Accessories for New Photographers.” However, I’m guessing that YOU are not a “new” photographer but someone more advanced.

The List (in no particular order):

  • Lens caps and lens hoods
  • Spare batteries and charger
  • Owner’s manual
  • Paper and pencil
  • Tripod lubricant
  • Tool kit
  • Gaffer’s tape
  • Flashlight & headlamp
  • Memory card wallet
  • Extra memory cards
  • Anti-static sensor cleaner
  • Lens pen
  • Lens wipes
  • Cable release
  • Quick-release plate(s)
  • Water
  • Energy bar
  • First-aid kit
  • Windbreaker/poncho/rain suit
  • Cleaning rag
  • Spare set of eyeglasses/contact lenses
  • Other things I carry but are not “Must Haves”

Why I Carry Each of These

There must be a reason to include all this stuff, so in the detail section (below) there will be the logic–at least from my point of view–of each item or items. Let’s get started!


Although this was missing from the original 18, it is difficult to imagine NOT having gaffer’s tape with me at all times. This is infinitely better than duct tape (which leaves a sticky residue when removed, but gaffer’s tape does not), and is easier to tear into needed sizes for repairs or other uses.

One great use for gaffer’s tape is to make your focus secure for long time exposures by putting a small piece on the focus ring to hold it in place. If you tear your shirt on a branch, guess what? Gaffer’s tape saves the day.

My ongoing source for this essential stuff is GafferPower (www.GafferPower.com). Instead of keeping a full roll in my back pack, I wrap lengths of gaffer’s tape on the legs of my tripods so it is right there when I need it. You will wonder how you got along without it!

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