Photography Tools and Resources – What’s in My Camera Bag

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Whats In My Camera Bag?

I get asked so often “Whats In Your Camera Bag?”  or “What kind of camera should I buy?” or  “How do I start a photography business?” or  “What is the very first lens I should buy?”  These questions are some of the most often that I hear on a weekly basis.  It can be very overwhelming with so much information out there.   My very best piece of advice is just start right where you are.  Just get a camera you can afford and start learning absolutely everything you can about shooting in MANUAL mode.  That means you are making every single decision and NOT your camera. I promise you that you are way smarter than your camera is!

camera equipment

Don’t fall into the trap of believing that just because someone has a really “nice” camera that automatically means they can take really great pictures.  That would be just like saying that if a chef had a really great top of the line oven, then he automatically could be able to make incredible food.  Anyone can create amazing photos with any kind of gear, just like a great cook can make incredible food with whatever is available to him/her.

I am completely self taught. I’ve never taken a formal photography class but that hasn’t stopped me from learning like crazy.  There are a million resources on line and I have taken a few online courses – they can be a HUGE help.  Amy and Jordan Demos as well as Katelyn James are some photographers I really admire!! Here is a helpful list of all my gear and tools and resources.  I’ve been investing in my business for eleven years now so you definitely can start with much less and work your way towards the gear you one day dream of!

What's in My Camera Bag Heather O'Steen Photography


Camera Bodies

Canon 5D Mark IV – main camera

Canon 5D Mark II – back up camera

Canon 40 D – back up camera


Canon 35 mm L Series

Sigma 50 mm Art Series

Canon 24-70 L Series

Canon 135 mm L Series

Lens Hoods

for 24-70 mm

for 135 mm

for 50 mm

Flashes & Lighting

Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite (x 2)

Canon 580 EX Speedlite

Canon 430 EX Speedlite

Westcott 6 in 1 Reflector Kit

Memory Cards

Sandisk Extreme 64 GB

Sandisk Extreme Pro 64 GB

Lexar Professional  64 GB

Camera Bags & Accessories

Kamrette Avana Handbag

Kamrette Signature Camera Strap

Amazon Basics Backpack for DSLR Cameras

Expo Disc 82 mm 2.0 White Balance Filter

Canon Battery Grip for 5D Mark IV

Computers & Storage

Apple Mac Book Pro 13″

Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External Hard Drive (replace annually)

Software and Photo Delivery


Photoshop Creative Cloud



Pass Plus

Show It


Much Love,

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