What to Bring on a Destination Shoot

You’ve officially made it as a photographer; someone is paying you to go somewhere and take photographs! So exciting. Ok, now that you’ve celebrated for a moment, it’s time to start thinking. Where are you going? What equipment will you need? How much will you need to pack? How do you get everything you need wherever you’re going? First things first. Let’s talk about what you really need to bring on a destination shoot.


Camera. Duh.

So you’re a photographer, and you’d be the world’s dumbest one if you managed to forget your camera at home. But maybe you’re struggling with the opposite problem: bringing too many cameras. As a photographer, odds are you have a favorite machine, and if that machine isn’t a vintage collection item, that’s probably the one you should bring. Don’t bring more than one backup, and don’t freak yourself out thinking about lighting and aperture and zoom and all that. Pick. one. And then pick one more. That’s it.


Only you know where you’re going, so I can’t help you there. Decide which lenses are going to help in the new terrain, whether it’s going to be bright, rainy, muggy, covered in trees, sand, etc. Pick the lenses that are going to be the most versatile as well, and try to keep the options to a minimum. This is the best part of photography; you are only as good as your tools, right? So pick the best. This is also a good time to buy a better, multifaceted lens that has more versatility than your other options. After all, it’s tax deductible and you might even get your client to cover the cost if you ask nicely enough!

Tripod, Bags, and Remotes

Depending on what you’re doing, like shooting (not actually shooting, photographing) wildlife or covering a wedding, you’re going to need different tools. A tripod is always essential, so bring your best one. Bring your best and biggest bag, too, because you’ll always need the extra space. Bring remotes, lens cleaners, and anything else you might need to prep your camera for the perfect shot. Think hard here, and don’t just bring things because you want to; bring them because you’ll need them.


Cords and Computer

You’re not going to let your camera die, right? Pack the charger, maybe even two and pack them in separate bags just in case. Then, bring your laptop (and all the necessary cords to hook your camera and laptop up) so you can edit and work on the photos each night. This way, you’re not overwhelmed by work when you get back, and you have a better grasp on the quality of the images you’re taking home with you.


Don’t ever forget to be excited when you get to go on your first destination shoot. This will fuel your photography, and let your client know they did the right thing by hiring you. Have fun, and don’t lose your luggage!


Hey there! Photography is an art of recording amazing and beautiful images for you and coming generations. Not only this, your photography represents the people and things that hold great importance for you. Through photography you can express yourself;

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