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19/01/08 – The Mountainsmith Tour – Part 4 – Shooting Portraits While Walking The Streets Bag
There are times shooting when my waist pack needs to carry some lenses, some lighting gear, a few batteries, and allow me to quickly work out of it. The obvious bag of choice for me (most of the time) is the Mountainsmith Tour.
My “shooting on the run” set up is a mix of gear that allows me to handle a wide variety of situations with a minimal amount of equipment. This kit often goes out for quick location portraits or engagement sessions being shot in totally uncontrolled environments. Generally these uncontrolled environments are out in the street, in a very busy and public building or needing to light a shoot, while walking with my subject. By carefully choosing my equipment and knowing how to maximize the available space in the Mountainsmith Tour I can carry a wide variety of equipment around my waist, while keeping a small “footprint” while shooting.
When working on the street, or in an uncontrolled environment, the less space you occupy, or smaller footprint you create, the more maneuverable you become. Maneuverability equates to flexibility in shooting, which allows for a much more fluid shooting style, especially when working alone.
The most common setup for this kit includes the following
– Two Canon 1D bodies (on my shoulders)
– Canon 14f2.8L
– Canon 24f1.4L
– Canon 50f1.4
– Canon 85f1.2L
– Canon 70-200f2.8L (In attached Newswear Press Pouch)
– Canon 580ex Speedlight
– Canon ETTL Off Camera Cord
– Two Spare 1D series batteries
– Four spare “AA” batteries
– Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket (CF Card Wallet)
– Photoflex 22″ LiteDisc Reflector , Gold/White
– Small roll of Gaffers Tape
By working with smaller prime lenses I find I able able to be more flexible in my packing options. This flexibility in packing allows me to work “differently” such as carrying a small, easy to handle, reflector that I can fold up and stuff in my waist pack. The beauty of the Photoflex 22″ LiteDisc is that it can opened quickly, held in my left hand to direct the light while holding my cameras up with my right hand and shooting at the same time. Yes an assistant would be easier, but I generally work alone, so my kit is designed to allow me multiple options while only being able to rely my skill of working alone.
Below is a photo of my general set of up this kit.