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Because Aprilâ€™s prize was a bag designed to hold equipment, I asked our readers to leave a comment about which piece of equipment was their favorite and why. The parameters of the question left it open to be anything at all that made life as a photographer better or easier.
Here were some of our favorite answers. Read below to get some GREAT ideas of equipment that has made other photographer’s lives easier. To see all of the answers, go to last months’ contest and check out all the comments:
Lisa Llarena says:
Since you specifically mentioned equipment that goes in the bag, Iâ€™d have to say my lens pen. It keeps everything else in the bag clean and ready for action. It gets the smudgy fingerprints off (yes, Iâ€™ve been known to space out and change lenses without having the caps on) and my sanity intact.
Corey Hage says:
Right now I would have to say my favorite piece of equipment is my 4GB SD Plus Card. I can shoot to it and then take it out and plug it right into my USB port and download the images, no card reader needed!!! It is the greatest time saver not only at the reception when making the slideshow but also when you have small shoots to do. No need to carry card readers and take up space in my gear bag. It is a must have if you shoot with the 1D series.
For those interested, here it isâ€¦.
Terra Dawn says:
I would have to say Matt Kloskowskiâ€™s â€œKiller Lightroom Tipsâ€. I, like most photogs, am constantly working towards learning new techniques and technologies (thatâ€™s we we all hang out at Jules Cafe!!). His blog has weekly action downloads and techniques to use in lightroom. Luuuurve this manâ€™s blog. Heâ€™s helped me grow leaps and bounds in my post processing. (If youâ€™re looking for an answer that involves actual equipment..lolâ€¦.I am going to say my Shootsac. Itâ€™s colorfulâ€¦incredibly helpfulâ€¦and makes me happy.
And now what you’ve all been waiting for: Our April Winner is Cherie-Lynn Buchanan of CL Buchanan Photography! Cherie-Lynn, congratulations on your Tamrac bag!
Picking just one piece is hard, I try to love them all equally. My absolute fav has got to be my 50mm 1.4 (please donâ€™t tell my 85 or 24). It is almost always on my camera and everything/body i shoot with it just seems to be better. The other thing I love is my Jill-E bag and my Shootsac. Itâ€™s nice that someone is bringing fun to womenâ€™s camera bags. Then thereâ€™s my iPhone just plain coolness. OK back to my first one my 50mm lens, yeah thatâ€™s my favorite.