What’s In Your Bag: An Effective Interiors Kit
Nrupen Madhvani is a famous commercial photographer and has shot fashion, still life, automobiles, interiors, food and much more. He is of a meticulous bent of mind, and this is quite evident in his kit as well.
An effective interiors kit is inclusive of all the little things that can simplify the process of shooting and help you achieve the perfect final image.
1. Two Separate Bags
I use two lightweight bags. One of them is solely meant for my camera body and lenses. The other accessories are neatly packed into another bag.
2. Spare Batteries for Emergencies
While on assignment, there is no time to charge batteries. So, I carry a spare battery pack in order to make sure that I have extra firepower with me always.
3. A Hard Drive with a Screen
I carry a hard drive that comes with a screen. It allows me to back up my cards after I finish the shoot. It is compact and lightweight and saves me the hassle of carrying a laptop or notebook.
4. Sand Bags for Stability
A little bit of weight goes a long way in further stabilising a tripod, boom stand or light stand. It is also useful during outdoor shoots on locations that have the slightest bit of breeze.
5. Specialised Lenses For Interiors
A large percentage of my work involves architectural and interiors photography, which is why I rely on a 11–16mm aspherical lens to minimise barrel distortion.
6. Cardboard Pieces for Levelling
Sometimes, when I am shooting interiors or still life, I find that the surface needs some more levelling. Sometimes, it is a vase that needs a small piece of cardboard beneath it to appear straight.
7a. Sturdiness with a Heavy Tripod
A good, heavy tripod is invaluable for all-round work, be it in the studio or outdoors. You don’t need to be worrying about it toppling over at the slightest gust of wind.
7b.Chasing Light with a Compass
Usually there is no time for a recce of the location or site, so the compass provides an orientation vis-à-vis the sun when I am indoors, allowing me to sequence my shots and catch the light properly.
8. Organised Ziplock Bags
Not only do they keep dust out, but they can also be labelled. You don’t need to constantly hunt for things in your bag, when you know exactly where each piece of equipment is stored.
9. A Handy Checklist
I don’t know how many photographers do this, but I have always carried a checklist of my equipment. This list also has the serial numbers of all the gear.