A garbage bag.
How could a garbage bag possibly help you with photography? Well, primarily the garbage bag is good for protecting your gear in case it starts raining.
Your camera bag may claim to be “waterproof” (note that water “proof” is different from water “resistant”), or maybe it has a built-in rain cover. But, those rain covers aren’t always big enough to cover your tripod too, so the garbage bag comes in handy when you’re carrying a tripod.
If you get a white garbage bag, then you can also use it as a light diffuser to help balance the light on your subject. It’ll diffuse the light more strongly than the shower curtain I’ve talked about before, but it may help you get that light you’re looking for in an image.
What about you? Have you been carrying around a garbage bag in your camera bag, and found another use for it? If so, please tell us about it by leaving a comment below. Thanks 🙂
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About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, software engineer, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of southern California.