Tools of the Trade (Larry Richardson)

(Presentation at monthly club meeting – November 14, 2019)

Tools of the TradeTips, Tricks, Hacks and Homemade Accessories to make your photography more successful.  Please add your own suggestions and let me know at


  • Ziploc bags to put equipment in to protect from water.
  • Battery operated fan, w/ bracket, to run during long exposures to keep dew off lens.
  • Duct tape (or gaffers’ tape), because if you don’t have it, you need it. Us it to cover battery terminals to prevent unwanted discharge.  The list is long.
  • Velcro straps and wire ties to tie up cables and straps.
  • Handkerchief or tissue used over flash unit to soften light.
  • Plier sheath to hold long lens foot to take weight of lens/camera off shoulders.
  • Cheap plastic clamps used to hold back or stage objects for shooting.
  • Reflector to add light to subject. Use clamps to hold in position.
  • Vaseline or Chapstick to apply to filter to create a soft-focus effect.
  • Lens wipes (wet) or cloth (dry). Keep in clean container to prevent contamination.
  • Foam pipe insulation to rap two tripod legs for cushioning. Wrap with camo duct tape.
  • Multitool with knife, screwdrivers, pliers, hex wrenches, etc.
  • Plastic 5-gallon bucket to carry stuff and sit on.
  • Ball Head- for small lens and body. Gimbal Head- for the long and heavy stuff.
  • Carabiners- Used to hang stuff up, hang camera bag on tripod for security and weight.
  • Sometimes you may need rope and a tarp (camo), but eventually you’re just camping.
  • Attach Velcro (glued or “peel and stick”) to tripod where accessories can be attached.
  • Use a translucent shower curtain as a light diffuser.
  • Band-Aids for when you screw up.
  • Wide rubber bands (think Broccoli) for removing filters from lenses, or used while shooting up against glass to prevent scratching.
  • Flashlight to add light to subject, find you way out of the woods, signal for help, check for snakes, etc. You can also use a mirror to reflect light on to subject.


More information can be had using Google or YouTube.  Search for “DIY photography Hacks.”

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