We're excited to welcome a new author on the blog for the latest 'What's In My Bag' feature: Kathleen Elizabeth, documentary photographer & videographer. Read more to learn the essential tools she uses to capture authentic snapshots of life in her portraits and how she's transitioning her photography business into full-time RV living with a family of five!
Being a documentary family photographer, I usually only have to rely on my camera and my 35mm lens to capture the stories of all the families I photograph. However, now that my family and I are preparing to venture off into traveling the country in an RV, I wanted to start incorporating videos to document our adventures. Video is a different type of beast, and requires a few extra accessories. Below are some of my favorites that I make sure to always have on hand in my bag!
1. Camera & Lenses
Canon 6D: My current favorite camera body because it’s great in low light and is not super heavy. That’s important when holding it with one hand while vlogging!
Sigma Art 35mm F/1.4 Art, Sigma 24mm F1.4/Art: My absolute favorite lens is the 35mm. It is wide enough to capture the entire scene, but also photographs details beautifully. It rarely ever comes off of my camera. I also love the 24mm lens for dramatic landscape photos, and also for vlogging.
GoPro HERO7: I use the GoPro a lot because it’s extremely portable and it makes recording action video shots a breeze. It is also my go-to for time-lapses. I LOVE the GoPro for time-lapses and it is what I use it for the most.
2. Gear & Accessories
Intervalometer Timer Remote: I use this for taking self-portraits of myself with my family. I can set how much time between shots so I don’t have to hit the shutter button every single time. It allows me to get multiple shots, which is necessary when photographing our family of five!
3-Axis Gimbal: Captures super smooth and stable video. This is a newer gadget, but will be put to use immediately when we set out on our journey.
Manfrotto Mini Tripod: This mini tripod packs a big punch. I use this because it has different attachments for the phone, GoPro, and my DSLR. It is extremely versatile and I use it all the time!
Microphone: Improves audio for videos. At first I didn’t think it was going to be that important, but now anytime we are filming I make sure this is on my camera.
iPhone: Don’t underestimate the power of your phone! I use this when I don’t have my other gear on hand. I am a firm believer in using what you have when you have it. I’d hate to miss a moment because I’m too concerned about having the perfect gear, so if my phone is all I have with me I will use it!
GOGroove Backpack: This is the perfect lightweight backpack, and is also perfect for hiking. It’s waterproof, has compartments for my camera and lenses and a spot for a tripod. There is even a space in the back for a laptop.
Other accessories: Batteries + chargers, Flex Clamp for GoPro, GoPro attachments, memory cards