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Starter Kit for your Bag of Tricks

Chapter: Image Acquisition

Topic: Equipment Tips

Every television news photographer carries a gear bag. Something to lug around their tapes, batteries, lights and microphones. Most of them also carry another bag that’s a little less visible. It’s their bag of tricks; filled with all of the skills, knowledge and intuition that years of experience have taught them. A heaping bag of tricks doesn’t come quickly. It takes a lot of trial and error to figure it all out, and, to be honest, we learn more from the errors. [This article focuses on TV news photography but is equally applicable to any location shoot]