3 Tips to Stay Organized and Efficient

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to find something that you know you have, but you’re shuffling everything around and you still can’t find it. Add a client in there that’s waiting on you and that frustration can quickly get worse. This is why it’s very simple, but extremely important, to stay organized when you’re working. Whether I’m shooting film or digital, I’ve added 3 little things to my camera bag that keep me organized and efficient and I want to share them with you.

  1. Number Your Batteries – With just a few strips of gaffer’s tape, my batteries are all numbered and used chronologically. No juggling batteries, no guessing, just on to the next!
  2. Organize Your SD Cards – Once again, just making a couple of labels with gaffer’s tape, I know which SD cards are empty and ready to shoot and which ones are full. This is a great way to save time and also anticipate how much memory you have left to work with.
  3. Separate Your Film – Just two plastic bags and that’s all I need. One bag for unexposed and one bag for exposed. Doesn’t get much simpler than that!

It’s that easy! Nothing expensive, nothing complicated, just quick and easy steps to help you save time and your sanity when you’re on the job. The last thing you want is a client waiting on you while you fumble around with your gear. Do what you’ve gotta do and get back to shooting.

Watch this video on How To Stay Organized!

The KEH team would like to thank Matt Day for creating this blog. To view more of Matt’s videos, please visit Matt Day’s Youtube channel

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  1. I’m not a professional photographer, so cargo pants are an option for me. I shoot film and digital, so a workflow such as unexposed film and fully charged batteries in pockets on the right and exposed films and discharged batteries in left pockets makes it simple for me.

    I’ve had to pass through security checkpoints at Augusta National Golf Course for a Masters Practice round and for that I prepared by placing my camera gear, lens cleaners, film, batteries in a cardboard box for security and dispose of the box after the checkpoint. For Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, I put all gear in a ziplock bag for security and put the gear in my cargo pants after security.

  2. PS: My wife handed me three rolls of film that she said were from work that I could possibly use. Two rolls had the film leader exposed, so I could presume that those rolls have not been exposed. The other roll, however, had no film leader, so I could make the presumption that the roll had been exposed.

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