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Today, I’ll show you some of my tricks and no-so-hidden gems as to how I prepare to take great shots throughout LA. My photography essentials are my cameras, my lenses, and #1, yours truly. What? You say. A good pic is only as good as the eye that takes it. So, I take care of my eyes with Rohto Dry-Aid by adding it to my photography essentials bag whenever I go out.

Out about town in a new 2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature SUV

LA is a great town. We have the best weather anywhere in the world. On a typical day I’ll drive to Beverly Hills, take shots; then change and go to the coast for more shots, and have a little me-time on the bike. But, LA has little no to humidity, and as a Florida guy, my eyes hurt all the time because they get dry. Of course, being on a computer downloading photos, and my iPhone, for hours, to check on my social media does not help. But what does help is Rohto Dry-Aid which brings fast-acting, long-lasting, and relief to my dry irritated eyes due to my above habits and LA environment.

Lifestyle blogger on a bike by the beach Rohto Dry Aid

According to Optometrist Dr. Susan Resnick, when we spend a lot of time staring at our computer monitor or digital devices, we’re often concentrating on what we’re doing, causing us to blink less frequently. This can lead to eye dryness and discomfort. Follow the 20/20/20 rule. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes. Focus your eyes on points at least 20 feet from your digital device. Keep your eyes moving while looking at objects at various distances.

Now, back to my other essentials. A camera is only as good as the lenses. And most of the time, the lenses are way more important than the camera. For most of my shots, I use a 50mm 1.4 lens. It gives my shots a crispness and blurry background (called bokeh). For far away shots, I’ll switch to my telephoto lens a 75-300mm 4.6 lens. Now, notice the shot below. Sunset going down, nice blurry effect in the background, the subject sharp and crisp. That, ladies and gents, is a 50mm 1.4 lens. Photo credit goes to my beautiful wife Rossana Vanoni.

My photography essentials

Now, why do I use Rohto Dry-Aid? Because Rohto Dry-Aid is clinically shown to improve key symptoms of dry eye disease – dryness, irritation, grittiness, burning, and stinging – without making your vision blurry. I mean, I’ve not only attended fashion shows, but also had the privilege of being on the camera pit with seasoned pros working for Vogue, and others. It gets hot due to the lights, and having 20 to 40 guys crammed into a 10×10 space. After 30 minutes of so, we all start sweating, and the last thing you want is blurry, burning, stinging eyes when the models come strolling through.

Rohto Dry-Aid in my photography essentials bag

Rohto Dry-Aid contains a unique formula that cools and soothes burning, stinging eyes instantly and offers consistent and continuous dry eye relief, comfort, and protection throughout the night, and day, so you don’t have to continually reapply. I mean, you know we don’t like doing things twice, so it’s perfect for guys — and girls. Check out more about Rohto Dry-Aid here and see where you can purchase your own here.

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And always talk to your Eye Care Professional about any questions or concerns you have about your condition and treatment.

Rohto Dry-Aid on my photography essentials bag

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.