What's In My Camera Bag.

I think every photographers most asked question is what camera gear do you use? I have been asked that several times and don't mind sharing because I know we who love photography always want to know what others are using.

But before I share with you what tools I use to create my images I would like you to realize that it is not the hammer but the carpenter, it is not the brush but the artist, it is not the sewing machine but the seamstress, it is not the camera but the photographer. 

So that being said I am happy to share what I use and a bit more about how I shoot.

Like all photographers we love trying new things, but I will list the gear I use most often.  I travel a lot and this is the gear I make sure I have with me when I go.

Cameras:

Canon 5D Mark III  w/ battery pack

Canon 70D (soon to be replaced)

Go Pro Hero 4

Lenses:

Canon 70-200mm 2.8 (this one I use a lot)

Canon 24-70mm 2.8

Canon 20mm prime (great for wide angle)

Tameron 150-600mm (I use this for wildlife and far away subjects)

Tri-Pods

Really Right Stuff  TVC-33 series 3  Very durable and light weight

Tri Pod Head Really Right Stuff TQC-14 (great for landscapes)

Monopod

 

Monfrotto  4 Section Compact 

Joby small flex tripod (for Go Pro & iPhone

Flash:

Canon EX-RT Flash

Pocket Wizard Flex and Flex mini (this will be for sale this fall) 

SD Cards:

Sandisk Extreme Pro 32g and 64g (I have 10 of these)

External Drives:

2 LaChie Porche 2TB external drives

1 Western Digital 2TB My Passport flash drive

Camera Bags:

Think Tank Airport International

Older Tamarac BackPack 

Temba Backpack (for hiking)

So this is most of what I use on a daily basis. I take all of this back and forth from Colorado to Belgium. It is heavy and a lot to carry and I worry every time I go through check in at the airports.

I am going to make some changes to lighten my gear. First I sponsored a Kickstarter project form Peak Design. It is a bag that is small but flexible depending on how much you hold. They say it is the last camera bag you will ever buy!!  I will let you know when I get it and give a review.

I am giving real thought to getting a smaller camera, and right now the Lumix GX8 interchangeable lens camera has my eye. I want to do more video and I need to get my gear lighter as the airlines are getting tougher on weight limits. Since I have to bring 6 months worth of gear when I travel this is a real challenge. 

I buy all my gear at  B&H Photo & Video because they have great customers service and return policies and you can exchange your old gear for new gear with them. I highly recommend them for your photographic needs.

Here is the other thing I use every day in my photography while in Belgium. My Bicycle.

I think 75% of the images I post on Facebook from Belgium are taken off my bicycle. I have two saddle bags in the back of the bike to hold my camera and I head out early each morning around 6:00am for a 8 to 10 mile bike ride. I change cameras and lenses with each ride so I get different perspectives and I find all kinds of subjects and weather conditions change every day. I love finding my images and not setting them up or posing my subjects. I find it more challenging and more interesting to just let life show you what is out there.

 

Here is what I use most when photographing in Colorado. My snow boots.

When I am in Colorado I do the same only I put on my snow boots, my Temba backpack and hit the trails to see what I can find. I love going out in the fresh falling snow. I am so fortunate to be able to live two different seasons in two different countries.

 Jay Maisel a New York street photographer sums it all up in this quote.

“If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” – Jay Maisel

I found this to be the one most important thing I have done over the years is to just get out there. You never know what you will find. It can sometimes be like fishing. Sometimes you catch something sometimes you don't but this quote on fishing is how I feel when I am out with my camera.

“I propose that it only matters that you attempt to catch a fish. Doing so brings you close to nature.”
― Fennel Hudson,

So these are the tools I use when I am traveling, hiking, riding my bike, doing a lifestyle portrait or capturing dogs at play. They are all only tools, it is my muse, my eyes, my subjects, and nature that really create the images I show.

Here are a few images I took in the past years as I headed out the door with my gear.

 

I hope you found the information interesting and helpful. Let me know if you have any questions about my gear or if I can help you decided what may be good for you to get. 

 Next blog post will a back story of one of my images. I will ask on my Facebook page which image you like to know more about the story behind it. 

Thank you so much for reading my blogs, I appreciate it.