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Why I Carry a Pocket Knife in the Field

Why I Carry a Pocket Knife in the Field
So, I have a confession to make.  I'm a girl and a photographer and I carry a pocket knife with me into the field.  It is one of the most useful tools I have with me, other than my camera of course.  I would not be without it.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality product photograph of a Ruko ladies style pocket knife extended in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho

Soon after getting married, I discovered that I was borrowing and using my spouse's pocket knife several times a day for various tasks.  Being an independent woman and dealing with the practicality of him going to work from time to time, I determined to get my own blade to alleviate constantly needing to track him down and borrow his knife.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality product photograph of a folded Kershaw Clash 1605 pocket knife in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
Having my own pocket knife has made life in the field, as a photographer, much easier for me to deal with.  Lots of problems encountered do not become more than a momentary inconvenience, rather than a large issue, thanks to my pocket knife possession.

Sometimes I have been taking pictures in the field and needed to remove something from within the frame of the camera.  Most of the time, I try and move it out of the way or prop it against something or put something on it to prevent it from returning.  This is not always an option for things like foliage.

There has been many a time where I have simply needed to cut or break off something in the field so that I don't have hours of Photoshopping to do later.  For this, I often pull out my pocket knife for the chore.  It is a quick and relatively painless way to ensure the quality of my fine art and nature photography while leaving as little an impact on the area as possible.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality product photograph of a partially extended Kershaw RJII 1980ST pocket knife in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho

Occasionally, I will need to change batteries out in the field.  Those packages that AA batteries come in are deliberately difficult to open.  Thankfully, with a pocket knife, I have access to that those new batteries in the new package right when I need them.

I have a useful tool for removing those pesky stray threads in portrait work or when I find them on my own clothing.  I don't have to remember where they are and hope to catch them all with scissors and/or Photoshop later.  I also need not be irritated by continual tickling until that time.

Professional quality photograph of an extended blade utility pocket knife in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho by Cramer Imaging

While, highly inadvisable, occasionally I can use my pocket knife for gentle leverage and prying while out away from more suitable tools.  When using my pocket knife for such a job, I must be extra careful so I don't accidentally break the blade.

I have found a pocket knife to be one of the more useful tools out in the field with my camera in so many unexpected ways.  Thanks to its size and design, it is not difficult at all to bring one along.  I highly recommend that anyone who wants to shoot pictures outdoors consider bringing a pocket knife as a standard piece of photographic field equipment.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality product photograph of a Ruko pocket knife with extended blade in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho