Capture: My favorite accessory

11/18/2017 - 16:20

My favorite accessory in my camera bag is a tiny bottle of hand sanitizer. In fact, it is the one thing that I make sure I bring to EVERY shoot.

Besides its obvious hand cleaning properties, in the last few years, I’ve found it to be quite useful in a number of different scenarios, either on-set or on-assignment. I would like to share some of my favorite uses with you.


  • Cleaning make-up brushes on-set.
  • Rub a small amount between hands to correct fly-away hairs.
  • Apply to paper handtowel to use as emergency deodorant.
  • Stains: Apply sanitizer to stain, let soak, then rub-in and repeat until the stain is gone.


  • Sanitizer can be used to remove adhesive/label residue from products, windows, reflective surfaces.
  • Can also be used to remove fingerprints and dust from most surface areas.
  • Remove dirt and residue from produce and vegetables.


  • Lens cleaner: Apply a small amount of hand sanitizer to lens cloth.
  • Defogger: When applied properly, can also help prevent a foggy lens in disparate conditions.
  • Sting: Apply sanitizer to remove the sting from mosquito and bugbites.
  • Safety first: In a pinch, can be used to start a fire should you become lost. (Be careful out there!)

Did I miss any uses? Let me know, sound off in the comments below!

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