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Here is your photography shoot item list and video explaining how I prep for a shoot. Some of these things you might already do which is great, hopefully you get a few pointers to make your life easier in the future. I keep this list on my computer and iphone so I can check it as I am packing to be sure I don't forget anything. If you see something I missed please comment, I'll add it to the list. Keep shooting!

Gregory Cazillo

Lighting kit

  • Light stands
  • Lighting Bag I use:
  • Tripod
  • Light kit
  • Reflectors
  • Monopod
  • Smartphone with camera manuals in PDF format (I use GoodReader)
  • Power cables
  • Extension cords and power strips
  • Grip
  • Sync cords
  • Background stands
  • Background paper or muslin, multiple colors?
  • Light modifiers
    • Softboxes
    • Umbrellas
    • Grids
    • Barndoors
    • Gels
    • Gaffers or duct tape

When shooting tethered or viewing images right away on your laptop.

  • Laptop
  • Extra battery for laptop
  • Power cord
  • Tethering cables
  • Screen hood if working outside
  • Card reader and cable
  • External mouse
  • Backup hard drive plus required cables

Other stuff...

  • Chewinggum or breathmints
  • Pocket knife
  • Multitool
  • insect-repellant (for outdoor shoots)
  • Flashtlight

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+2 # Pieter 2012-07-19 13:34
These are in my bags allso... and have been sooo usefull:

chewinggum or breathmints, pocketknife, tape(gaffer)
insect-repellant (for outdoor shoots), pocketlight...
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0 # Vincent 2012-07-20 14:25
Does the new D800 make a good event Camera? I have a D7K I will keep for a backup
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0 # Pieter 2012-07-23 19:12
do you realy need the 36 Mpix for that? if you don't print over 2m large most of the time... a d700 is perfectly capable and has proven is for about 3 years already that it is
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-1 # kunto72 2012-07-21 03:42
Damn... I like the jungle hat and slick glass combo!
Throws a confidence look to the photographer ...when scouting location.
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+1 # salsaguy 2012-07-22 02:21
Greg, For rechargeables, I like the Sanyo Eneloop's the best since they hold their charge longer when not in use.
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-1 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-07-23 14:25
A friend has had bad luck with them thats why I don't buy them.
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0 # salsaguy 2012-07-22 02:26
Greg. What do you suggest for a good 1st light stand for my Canon 430 ex ii speedlite and also for an umbrella for soft lighting?
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0 # Ashley Williams 2012-07-24 01:26
Just finish watching tons of your videos,and love all the information. However, I'm always asked to shoot weddings and a little nervous. What all equipment i need for the event and what moments are the most to capture and when? also a lot talk is Nikon I have a Canon is that fine and the constant battle should I go Nikon?

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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-07-30 07:56
Camera brands are a personal preference, I will have to work on a video for your other questions.
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0 # Harry 2012-07-30 03:35
Hello Greg.
I'm shooting raw on a D700 - does any of the following have an effect on a raw file? 1)Active D Lighting 2) High ISO noise reduction 3) Vignette control 4) Long exposure Noise reduction. I have all these switched off at the moment as my 24-70 nikon produces smashing shots. I've read the manual many times but can't find a definitive answer?

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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-07-30 07:56
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