My Favorite Gear

Hoodman Screen Loupe

As a photographer who spends a lot of time photographing outdoors, I find the Hoodman Screen Loupe and invaluable tool. I place the loupe directly against the back screen of the camera and rotate the loupe's eye piece to focus for my eyesight, so the image and text are clear. This enables me to clearly see the details on the screen when it would be otherwise difficult in the bright sunshine. In addition, it allows me to verify important settings and assess an image histogram without the need for my reader eyeglasses since the optics of the loupe magnifies the image. It is especially easy to use when photographing with the camera on the tripod.  It's one of my constant photography companions, a trusted tool.

MeFOTO Globetrotter Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

I use a tripod for the majority of my photographs, not only does it keep my camera steady for sharp shots, but it helps me with composition so I can place the edges of the frame exactly where I want them. The challenge comes in bring the tripod with you when traveling and sometimes you just can't fit a big and heavy tripod in your suitcase!  That's when I reach for my MeFOTO travel tripod. I use a carbon fiber model since it's about half the weight of aluminum models. What I like about the Globetrotter model is that the legs segments are sturdier and more substantial that a lot of other travel tripods. Also, this model expands to a reasonable standing height without having to expand the center column (the weakest link in a tripod). It comes with a simple ball head and arca-swiss style quick release plate (my preferred design since it holds the camera more securely). Of course, it folds up small to fit into your suitcase. This model is a 6 in 1, not just usable as a typical tripod, but can be converted into a Monopod, Boom Pole, Selfie stick, High Hat, or tabletop tripod.

Collapsible Soft-Sided Folding Cart

They say you can't take it all with you, but with this cart, I beg to differ. As a photographer I have no lack of "stuff" I need to have with me to make my shots. The problem is carrying it all. This is a collapsible cart (so it easily fits in the back of your car) and it's lightweight enough that it's easy to lift, it has chunky wheels that can handle an outdoor trail environment, and a great capacity to carry camera bag, tripod and photography accoutrement and still have space for a lunch bag and exterior pocket for a water bottle, reflector or whatever you like.  It's a great find that makes the process of photographing that much easier.


Photo Backpack that holds it all and fits in the overhead bin

When traveling by air, I need a photo backpack that is big enough to hold all my essential photography equipment including camera, multiple lenses and laptop. MindShift Gear's BackLight 26L fits that bill. Plus, I like that the opening to the gear compartment is secure because you open it from the side that is against your back. Exterior pockets and front design allow for carrying a water bottle or securing a jacket. If you like the design, but the size isn't right for your needs, it's also available in 18L and 36L sizes.


Camera harness for holding camera when hiking

Carrying a heavy camera around using the neck strap can lead to neck pain, so instead I use a Cotton Carrier Harness. This allows me to attach the camera to hold it on my chest leaving my hands free and of course taking strain off my neck. The shape of the harness is woman body shape friendly. What a relief! 


Protecting your lens / camera body 

Sometimes, you need to carry camera equipment in something other than a padded camera bag. When that's the case, I use Domke padded wraps to protect my gear. They are available in different colors for easy identification, and in 3 sizes: 11 in, 15 in and 19 in to accommodate items of different sizes/shapes.  The wraps have velcro to keep the pad securely around your precious gear.


Compact kneeling pad that fits easily in your camera bag

When I'm photographing flowers in particular, I need to kneel to be the right height for the shot. I used to struggle carrying around knee pads, but now I use this foldable foam pad instead - it's more compact, and easy to fit in my camera bag, plus it doubles as a comfortable seating surface when you want to sit on the ground.  A simple, but great find!

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