Not sure what products you’ll need in your kit to execute a professional photo shoot from start to finish? Take a look at what professional photographer Tim Swallow uses for his photo shoots, including his camera kit of choice, and what he keeps inside his tech organizer.
Words and Photography by Tim Swallow
The grey area is vast when drawing a line between everything a photographer ‘needs’ with everything a photographer ‘wants’.
In this article I’m breaking down my basic kit that trims off the fat. So here it is, my essentials list. here are a few luxury items that make shooting more enjoyable for me, but these are the items I simply don’t leave for a shoot without.
1. Film Camera + Filter
I use the Urth tech organizer and this little bag packs a punch! It’s about the size of a bum bag and it contains my essentials when on the road. In it, I can fit items 3 to 9 in this list.
Gotta protect your eyes, they are the best lens you’ll ever own.
4. Reusable Face Mask
Unfortunately these are the times we live in + it keeps your face warm on those frosty mornings.
This awesome little ND1000 filter helps me to cut glare and slow my shutter in brighter light situations.
6. Urth Camera Cleaning Kit
It’s nice to take care of your assets.
7. Notebook & Pen
Call me old fashioned but I love to physically write things down, it clears my mind and helps me to digest information.
8. Spare roll of film
9. Electrical essentials
10. Laptop & Case
I use an Apple Laptop – a necessity for workflow – with the Urth 15″ laptop case for protection.
I recently got the iPhone 12 Pro and it made me realise how good photographic technology is getting. In saying that, it also furthered my love relationship with the tangible aspects of using film and shooting analog.
I use the UE Boom 3. Gotta keep the tunes going and the vibe high on a shoot!
13. Insulated Water bottle
This guy comes everywhere with me. I’m forever thirsty and like to stay super hydrated.
14. Keep Cup
My mum bought me a novelty camera lens keep cup about 14 years ago. At the time I was a budding photographer and I thought it was so lame, over the years I grew to love it and all the funny comments it attracted. So here I am, still sipping.