Equipment List of a Typical Photo Assistant Kit Bag
This list of equipment includes some of the most common items an assistant should have in his or her photo assistant kit bag. It’s not necessary to carry every item listed. When shooting on location you should bring all of these items with you because photographers can be forgetful and when you cover their ass by producing an extra pocket wizard or USB cable the thankful photographer will remember who had their back.
When shooting in a studio, many of these items will already be at the photo studio, in which case you should use the photographer’s material. However, coming prepared or being able to improvise on the spot impresses any photographer. And impressing the photographer means being hired more often and generating great word of mouth referrals.
These photography tools and materials are great to have on your own shoots so if you don’t have them yet it’s time to shop. This list is based on my experience as an advertising and commercial photographer. If you want to be a photo assistant read this.
Typical Photo Assistants Kit
Sensor Cleaning Kit
Map of area / Google Maps & Navigation on your Smart Phone
Contact info for local rental/repair houses
Shoot info sheets
Soft haired paint brush (1”)
Needle nose pliers
Small Headlamp or Flashlight
Double sided tape
AC line indicator
3 Prong, 2 receptacle splitter
Glycerin in a dropper bottle
Spare USB/Firewire cable, various types
Spare sync cords, various types
Spare Pocket Wizards
5 Piece precision screwdriver set
Large & small notebook
Fine tip markers
Assortment of mirrors
String or twine
Swiss army knife
Snacks – for you and the photographer
Money (cab fare, lunch money, coffee money, etc)
Appropriate Clothing – for the day’s shoot
What’s In Your Photo Assistant Kit?
Tell us what’s in your Photo Assistant Kit. We welcome suggestions for this list so leave comments. Better yet, upload photos of the photo equipment you carry in your Photo Assisting Kit.