Storing Camera Gear

There really is no glamour for storage. When I think of my old camera storage, I think of broken and lost equipment. I read Elsie and Emma's camera gear list, and before I add more fun items to my collection (I'm wishing for the 40mm lens), I needed to organize what I had. I did sell some items in my Instagram shop (and the valuable items through eBay),  but I kept a lot of items I don't use as often. I've minimized so much in my life, this is one area I'm struggling to loosen the belt on. Here's what it looked like before. YEESH. 

BEFORE. Ugh, just look away. 

BEFORE. Ugh, just look away. 

When we had our bookcases installed, camera gear was the first to be organized. Here's what I did;

I have a Kelly Moore camera bag (no more diaper bags!) and I carry just what I need for the day. There's also a pocket for SD cards so I don't have an excuse to lose those.

-Organize by lens and usage. What do you reach for more? The fisheye or the 50mm? I've rarely used my telephoto, so that's hidden in the back. Convenience is key. 

- Try to keep the original boxes. When every lens is black and you're in a hurry, can you imagine grabbing your novelty lens over a professional lens especially if it's for work?!

-Keep your favorites together. I constantly have one novelty camera, my 50mm (I call it my foodie lens), a batter pack, and my camera body. 

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Always keep your film in a wine fridge, unless you're going to use it that day (like I did with this 120 film). The condensation in a regular fridge adds moisture to the chemicals in film and it may not perform as well.

Always keep your film in a wine fridge, unless you're going to use it that day (like I did with this 120 film). The condensation in a regular fridge adds moisture to the chemicals in film and it may not perform as well.

After. WHERE is it? Tucked it away nicely in the cabinets below. 

After. WHERE is it? Tucked it away nicely in the cabinets below. 

And there it is. During this cleaning process I had to ask myself a few times- does having more camera equipment make you a better photographer? No, it just makes you a different kind of hoarder. I need to remember this next time I question the purging I'm about to do.

What tips can you share for organizing camera equipment?