Cameras, lights, and lenses can be expensive, but not everything in your bag has to cost a fortune. In fact, some of the most valuable gear might already be in your house.

Garbage bag: Caught in a sudden downpour while shooting? Use a garbage bag to cover up. If you really want to keep shooting, punch a whole big enough for your lens you’ve got a raincoat for your camera. Aside from this, you can spread the bag on damp ground to kneel, sit, or lie on.
Clips and clamps:** Need to make your model’s outfit fit better? Tighten it with a butterfly clip.
Duct tape and masking tape:** If something moves when it shouldn’t, you need to tape it down – that’s only the beginning though. Use it to cover a window with white sheets, or to stretch a cloth background taut. Don’t forget – you can also mark your model’s place with a bit of tape.
Adhesive Clay:** If it’s too small to tape down, don’t worry – that’s what adhesive clay is for. It keeps mirrors, reflectors, and other little things in place while you shoot.

Do you have other items in your bag that you can’t do without? Tell us

—Luis Cruz
Contributing Blogger