Inside my Camera Bag…

Inside a Photographers Bag

Ever wondered what professional photographers carry out in those camera bags and cases at every shoot? Look no further I show you what I have inside my camera bag and where its there.

I will start at the beginning, I choose to carry all my equipment around in a backpack, this is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong way to cart your equipment around shoots. I choose the bag as it has many pockets, pouches, attachments for Tripods, Monopods and much much more. The next key thing for me is that the bag had to be waterproof, this wasn’t an option, it had to be waterproof as I never know when I might get caught in a shower whilst on a shoot etc.

The bag I choose to carry my equipment around in is a Lowepro Vertex 200 AW

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW

The next reason I choose this bag was for the shoulder straps and waist strap, the bag has a clever should straps system that will allow you to move the weight of the bag and it’s contents off the top of your shoulders and onto your back, something I am very grateful for when I have it on my bag for a few hours at a time. Then there is the added bonus of the waist strap, this is fully adjustable and allow you to control the weight of the bag from the bottom close to your body and add an additional point of contact to you at all times.

Now here is the list of all the equipment I have in this bag at all times.

  • Canon EOS 5D MK1.
  • Canon EOS 30D.
  • Canon EOD 550D.
  • Sigma 70 – 200mm f2.8 Lens.
  • Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Lens.
  • Canon 50mm f1.8 Lens.
  • Canon 18 – 55mm f3.5 – f5.6 IS Lens.
  • YongNuo YN568EX II Flash gun.
  • FlashBender Pro Kit.
  • iShoot PT-04C Multi Hot Shoe Wireless Triggers.
  • Tamrac Belt System MBX5395 MAS.
  • BlackRapid Strap.
  • Lastolite Collapsible 5 x 6 foot Backdrop.
  • Portaflash small triple reflector.
  • Manfrotto 055XPRO Black Tripod.
  • Manfrotto Ball Head for Tripod.
  • Carbon Fibre Monopod.
  • Spare Camera Batteries 2 per camera.
  • Spare batteries for Flashguns (Rechargeable AA Batteries).
  • Chargers for Camera batteries and Flash Batteries.
  • CF and SD Memory cards in a Pelican case for Protection.
  • Lens filters.
  • Business Cards.
  • Notepad and Documents.
  • Cleaning clothes and lens wipes and rocket blower.
  • Rain cape for camera and lens for emergency use.

There are other items that we take on shoots but dont fit in the bag but these are only taken if we know we are going to be using them.

Here is a few pictures of the kit listed above you you can see the size of the items and then you can see them all packed into the bag.

I hope this has been a helpful insight to what a professional photographer will carry around and this is the equipment that I carry and use regularly whilst on shoots with my clients.

Examples of images taken with this equipment can be found at my portfolio page.

Band Photography

How is Band Photography Used?

One part of my job as a photographer is to photograph for bands this could be photographing the band on tour or in my studio and both are really fun, it allows me to capture real life images and allows me to connect with the band.

Use of the images…

Once we have taken images of the band these then get edited up and presented to the client and from this we get to see the images being used for promotion on posters, leaflets, flyers or business cards. These images then get used on the bands website to help attract clients for bookings and even use the images on their social media pages to help fans follow where the band is and what the band gets up too.

Why choose Scott at JellyBean Photography.

I have experience inside a band as a Roadie and DJ for The Chip Shop Boys along with Tommy and the Fuse this has allowed me to understand how the band works and what goes into setting up and rehearsals prior to gigs.

As I have listed above I have had the opportunity to photograph for Tommy Lewis of Tommy and The Fuse whether this has been at rehearsals, the recording studios or at gigs during Race Week in Cheltenham at All-Bar-One.

I have also had the opportunity and pleasure of photographing at music events such as Cleeve Fest in Cheltenham with various artists on studio in-front of crowds of fans even after the sun went down.

Examples of Band Photography

Types of shoot

JellyBean Photography can offer a variety of shoots for Bands, we can offer shoots whilst you are at the Recording Studios or whilst at Live Events or Gigs.

An option that is used a lot for Bands on their websites and media and social media sites are images we take at the studio, this allow us to stage a photo whilst you are in our studio with all your equipment or whilst the band are posing together for formal images that get used for the profile and about pages for each band member.

Sound interesting ?

If you would like to know more about the Band Photography JellyBean Photography can offer you then get in touch using any of our contact methods and see what we can offer you and create the perfect Package to get your Band captured in the best light.

JellyBean Photography Contact Page

Saturday catchup

Studio light

So it’s been a little while since I have blogged but I wanted to catch you all up on the in’s and out’s of JellyBean Photography.

What’s new…

We have recently changed our photo management system over to ShootProof, this was a ongoing process that we started back when we visited The Photography Show at the NEC, we spoke with the guys and we decided this was the best time to move this area forward.

I can honestly say the guys at ShootProof are amazing, they helped with any questions and queries I have prior and after the sale and I couldn’t have done it without them.

This now means that all our images for clients are stored in the cloud and are accessible on any device 365 days a year with full functionality to share to social media and to friends and family by email or to get those special albums printed, all this in a one stop shop, need I say more…


So in the last few weeks we had the opportunity to photograph Rebecca and Gareth’s wedding at Cheltenham Regency Hotel and the day was amazing, weather was perfect and the wedding was beautiful. I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Shellam for booking JellyBean Photography for their beautiful wedding day.

Images are being edited and processed and we can’t wait to be able to share them with Rebecca and Gareth and I will get a few shots up on our site once the happy couple have been shown and agreed.

Anything else?

One finally thing before I publish the post for today, by myself and Ami are currently in the process of buying our first home and this has been a big change for us and this is still ongoing but we are grateful this is now all going through.


Thanks for reading the post and we look forward to seeing you all again soon and check in with our social media pages and our blog for images of this we are getting up to in between our blog posts.

Editing software I use

Adobe Cloud

As a photographer I have chosen to use the Adobe suite for editing my photographs. I mainly use Lightroom and Photoshop to manage and manipulate my images. Both pieces of software are bundled together in a handy package from Adobe.

The handy thing about adobe’s packages are that they are charged monthly which makes them very affordable and can be cancelled at any point, if needed.

The benefit to this is the software is cross platform so it will work on both Windows and Mac environments. Adobe also added the bonus that you can also use it on mobile and tablet devices. This is a advantage as you can edit on the move or at venues if needed.


I use Lightroom for my photo management, its the first place all my images get put into and you can store, arrange and manage all your photographs.

The RAW’s can be imported into the software from either connecting the camera or by connecting the CF or SD cards to the computer. You can also tag the images for better search capability. Plus you can sort all the images into various albums for better management.

I also use lightroom to edit my images. There is a huge arrangement of tools to allow you to edit images from exposure changes, Contrast and White Balance correction.


I use Photoshop for image manipulation, for editing out unwanted objects or corrections such as skin smoothing and whitening.

Photoshop can be used for a lot of manipulation from blending images to image stacking.

Lightroom and Photoshop work hand in hand, you can pass the image from one program to the other to make sure all progress changes are kept up to date in both programs.


Looking at both Lightroom and Photoshop looks intimidating due to the modules and amount of tools at the users disposal for image editing. I have found that Adobe offer a learning hub to help users learn and gain knowledge for free. – Tutorials for all areas of editing your images. – Handy forum for all users to use and ask for help. – Youtube channel with handy videos.

What type of photographer am I ?

Scott Taylor | Wedding Photographer

Scott Taylor | Wedding Photographer

My photography career started as a Wedding Photographer for JS Photography, and here is where I found my passion as a Wedding Photographer and this has continued to grow even more when I start JellyBean Photography back in 2014.

Weddings are an interesting area of photography as you get to meet new people everyday and get to become part of their lives, you are there with them whilst plans for the wedding is being made and you are there at the point of marriage and this is amazing as you get to connect with Bride and Groom’s.

It is this connection that has always made me fascinated with Wedding Photography as you get to the start of joint life of a couple. I always try to make a connection with the couple because as a photographer there are other important times in the couples lives that will create memories and memories as always worth capturing.

Style of Photographer

As with everything style is a big part of making yourself ‘Unique’ and I class myself as a ‘Journalistic’ photographer. The reason for this is I capture important moments in time and record them as memories so that my clients can life them back over and over again.

Just a Wedding Photographer ?

I get asked this a lot and the answer is very simple, no I cover all areas of photography but my primary area is and has always been weddings. This is mainly because before I was a photographer I worked for a local band that covered weddings, I was the Roadie and DJ for The Chip Shop Boys ( ) which has meant I have been in the wedding industry for many years. This has helped be grow the skills of working in the industry.

I also cover other areas of photography such as Portraiture, Events and Newborn Photography along with mobile Photo Booths for events and celebrations.

More information and examples of my work for these areas of photography can be found in my Portfolio.

You can learn more about me and my photography journey in a post from The JellyBean Blog –

What camera gear should I buy?

What camera gear should I buy?

What camera gear should I buy?

A question I am asked when i’m a shoot or when with friends or when I’m out and about, and to be honest its hard to give an answer as I always seem to reply to their question with a question. My reply is ‘What do you want the camera to do?’ this is because it will impact how you use or carry it around.

In the camera world you have DSLRs, Full Frame and Crop Sensor, we now have mirror less cameras and I have to be honest its all about preference, I always say the best way to find out whats best for you is to go to a camera shop and try them out. There are many shops you can go to and they will allow you to have a go with the camera, in some cases they will allow you to take the camera out on a test run, this is a great way to really find what works for you and what doesn’t.

I would recommend try places like Jessops or London Camera Exchange they are great places to start and this leads me on to my biggest piece of advice…

Buy second hand

I save this every time to friends and family and people who email or approach me on social media, find out what your budget is that you would like to spend on a camera and they go to places like London Camera Exchange, MPB, Ebay or your local newspaper ads and look for second hand equipment.

The reason I say this to people is you may only be able to afford an entry level DSLR new and thats great but you will out grow it and then want to trade it in for a Pro Level DSLR and I always say to them that you will be surprised what comes up for sale on the second hand market as people are always out there to have the latest creation from Canon or Nikon and thats great because it gives opportunity for beginners or enthusiasts to get hold of a second hand Pro DSLR for the price of a new entry level DSLR.

These second hand camera’s also come with warranty so I would look around as even if you use it for 6 months and then choose it isn’t for you, or you choose you want to upgrade that second hand Pro DSLR is going to have a better resale value than they entry level DSLR so in my head its a win win scenario.

Canon or Nikon ???

How could I write a post without mentioning this question, which I also get asked a lot. My response is simple I am not sponsored by either manufacturer and they are both amazing brands and I have shot with both and the only advice I can offer you is go and try them both, you will soon start to know which is comfortable or user friendly to you ! and thats important, if you are going to be photographing weddings, events and portraits you want to be comfortable in using the system/tool in you hand easily without have to stop and look it up every 2 seconds.

Yes I am a Canon guy, I shoot with 3 cameras in fact, I have my Canon 5D MK1 my full frame camera I use every shoot without fail, then I have my Canon 30D a crop sensor camera but in a Pro body, I use this on every shoot too, and to round it all off if my first ever DSLR, I still have it and use it today as it was a gift from my Wife and it still comes with me as it has advantages over my 30D which is also a crop sensor DSLR and that is my Canon 550D.

Knowing where to invest your money

When I started out I was given a great piece of advise and I still live by it today and I want to share it with you too,

Put your money into the glass…

Simply put, invest your money into good, reliable, professional lenses as these lenses will stay with you and if you choose to change your camera body (as long as you stay with the same brand) the lenses will fit and work and you wont have to buy a whole new camera set-up.

But Lenses are a post for another time, I hope this has helped you with answering questions you may have.

Kick Start your Monday

Kick Start your Monday

Kick Start

Today I decided to write a post titled Kick Start your Monday. This is to help get the creative minds started for ready for the start of the week. My shoot went really well on Sunday and now its time for me to dive into the PC and get the images edited up for the client.

Whilst I was at this shoot I was starting to put share with you the method I use of how I go about my shoots. I start with the location and the weather. This covers the time of the year (spring, summer, winter, autumn) which affects the overall atmosphere of the image. Then we have what is the shoot about?. Is it a portrait session or is it a family celebration etc.

All of these things are tick boxes which helps me build up the scene to put my clients into to photographs I take.

I hope that this short process method helps you to arrange your photo sessions whether its in your studio or on location, I have found that this method always helps me.

On Going Work

Moving on from my Kick Start Monday I want to explain to you that here at JellyBean Photography I have on-going work with a start up business. I was approached about my photography services for use with the new site. After chatting with the client we both decided that maybe we could help create the new website for the business.

This isn’t a new area for me, but this is new to my business. I choose to offer my skills to this new start up business as I felt I could help them out.

I was approached after the client had been looking at my business website and they recommended me to the owner and it all started from there.

More information will be given about this business and the site once things have been finalized. I want to take the time to share this with you as this is something I am very proud about here at ‘The JellyBean Blog’.

This is an area I have looked at many times before as I have a passion for website development as this is a subject and course I studied at college.

Final Note from me

One final thing before I close my post for the blog. I wanted to take this time to share my portfolio to be able to show you some of my work I have photographed. I use all the images you see on my portfolio to show my clients when they book JellyBean Photography as their photographer for their special event.

Friday Post

Friday Blog Post

So its Friday…

As I am writing this post on Friday with a Coffee and a quick breakfast bar to get me into the working state I wanted to write a quick blog post. We have a photo shoot this weekend for a client for a christening, so we will be going through equipment checking, getting all the camera and lenses out and checked, batteries charged and SD and CF cards erased and ready for the shoot.

Also whilst writing this post I want to give a quick shout out to a couple of people, I love listening to podcasts and recently I have been listening to a couple of podcasts I would love to share with you. Please take a second to check these out as its free and there is something to be learnt from every podcast no matter what industry you are in.


Firstly I have been listening to ‘Marketing School’ – I listen to this everyday, a 6 minute podcast with rich content on how to manage and grow your business in a digital world. I have learnt so much from this podcast and continue to listen to it every day.

Secondly I have been listening to ‘The Business of Photography’ –

I am new to this podcast but it has drawn me in as they discuss running a business as a photographer but in the past few podcasts they have been discussing 35mm film photography and how the technique of shooting on 35mm film can be used on a digital camera making you think about every shot you take rather than machine gunning a shot of say a brides shoe, something that is static, doesn’t move and you can take your time get the ‘Perfect shot’ first time and save time later on looking through images and editing when all of this could have been eliminated at the time of the shoot.

So that has wrapped up my Friday morning and I thought I would share it all with my viewers and I will post again after the weekend once we have this shoot done.

Website Link

My Photography Story | Scott Taylor

'My Photography Story' Scott Taylor Photographer at JellyBean Photography

I have decided to blog an answer to a question I have been asked a few times and feel the best way to share it would be on the blog.

Where did I start ?

I have always been into taking photo’s even from a little child I had a camera in my hand. I have to say there are 2 people I have to thank for this and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today in Photography. Thank you to my dad Alf Taylor and my wife Ami Taylor for the encouragement and support of the past few years.

My dad has always taken photos, whether we was on holiday up in the Lake District in the caravan or watching the Red Arrows at an air show, my dad got me into using his 35mm SLR and I have to say I miss that camera. We still have that camera and one day I want to take it along to a wedding to use alongside my DSLR, as it brings back the skill of shooting ‘the perfect shot’ rather than ‘machine gunning’ and editing it later in Photoshop.

Now I have to thank my amazing wife Ami Taylor who brought my first DSLR shortly after the birth of my first daughter Ellie. Ami said she wanted to treat me to something so I could start to turn a hobby into a career, and that purchase did exactly that.

The first DSLR I had, and still have and use to this day, is my Canon EOS 550d I use it on shoots and it is always in my bag no matter there I am.

How did I get into photography

So I started my photography career as a second shooter with the amazing Jon Stanley at Jonathan Stanley Photography, I was recommended to him by a good friend and what started out as a few ‘come along and shoot’ turned into a year of photographing not only as a second shooter but I then started taking the rains as the main shooter and then to photographing solo for JS Photography.

After a year with Jonathan we decided that the business was changing and the photography side was going to take the back foot and Jonathan created and still runs 3 Creative and we both agreed that I wanted to venture into the world of photography as a business and from that day JellyBean Photography was born.

Creating my own business

So the time came that I wanted to take my photography skill from a hobby to a career, and can I say I haven’t looked back at that decision its the best thing I did and it really helped me to focus on my photography and my photography style.

JellyBean Photography was created in 2014 and it seems so long ago but I have learnt a lot along the way, which has made me a better photographer and business owner.

So that is my photography story and How I became know for my photography work. If you would like to see more of my work please take a few minutes to look at my photography portfolio page ( Link Below)

Scott Taylor | Photographer at JellyBean Photography

A Recent Photo Shoot

Studio light

I wanted to take a few minutes to blog about a recently photo shoot we did and how we approached it and what we used to achieve the images.


  • The Studio Lighting we used and why
  • Camera settings used
  • We will provide a diagram of the set-up
  • Types of photo and poses the client was looking for
  • The equipment we used


I would like to take some time to thank the SpringBank Resources Centre for allowing us to use one of there rooms on hire for this photo shoot at short notice. Everyone there was so nice and couldn’t help enough and you really make myself and my client feel so welcome.

Studio Lighting

For this shoot we didn’t need a large amount of light as the room was small and all the walls was white (which helped), we choose a 2 light set-up, I had a interfit EXD200 light with a 120cm Octabox attached to give me a lovely wrap around light for the subject, then we had a flash gun with a black bounce to light up the background. We also used a white reflector as a fill.

Camera Settings

I was shooting with the Canon EOS 5D MKI with a Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 lens attached, we used the lens towards the short telephoto end (70mm) to give us that nature look for portraits.

The camera settings we used was ISO 100, we choose this so that we could have the best quality image with very little grain in the image. We used aperture f11 to give myself the best depth of field for the shoot as we wasn’t worried about blurring out any background distractions. Finally we shot at Shutter Speed 1/125th of a second.

Diagram of the Set-up

Here is a quick and easy to use diagram for this 2 lights setup.

Lighting set-up at recent portrait shoot | JellyBean Photography
Lighting set-up at recent portrait shoot | JellyBean Photography

Types of Photo and Poses

So when I was contacted about this shoot the client was asking for head shots for a business website, we discussed that the main use for the image was and how and where it would be used so that I could get exact what the client wanted in the best way.

So we both agreed the image needed to be business head shot, on a plain simple white background, the image needed to be cropped to head and shoulder only, client would be in a suit and the image needed to show was wearing a suit and tie. The final requirement was the image needed to be a square crop so this could be used and match all the other staff images ready for use on the website.

The Equipment we used

For this portrait session we used the following equipment:

  • The Camera – Canon EOS 5D MK1
  • Then Lens – Sigma 24 – 70mm f2.8
  • Wireless triggers to fire the Strobe and flash gun
  • Interfit EXD200 Studio Light
  • Pixapro 120cm Octabox with added Internal light baffle
  • YongNuo Flash gun for the background
  • Collapsible white reflector to fill in shadows