Travel photography - How do we pack our gear?

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In my previous behind-the-scene article I showed what gear I bring when I go out for a prepared landscape shoot. In this article I will show you how I pack my gear so it's portable and accessable which is essential for a nice flow to the shoot.

As I showed in the previously article this is the gear I bring:

  • Canon 5Ds and Canon 5D mrk. III full frame camera houses with battery grips.

  • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L, Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4, Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L.

  • Canon GPS GP-E2.

  • Lee Filter 100mm filter system: 0.6ND, 0.9ND, LittleStopper, BigStopper, 0.3ND soft-grad, 0.6ND soft-grad, 0.9ND soft-grad and a landscape polariser.

  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT, Canon ST-E3-RT, extra Eneloop AA batteries and gels of the speedlite.

  • Canon TC-80N3 remote trigger.

  • X-Rite ColorChecker Passport.

  • TriggerTrap for Canon.

  • Manfrotto 055XPROB with ballhead.

  • Accesories: Extra SD/CF cards from Sandisk, air blower for dust and cleaning cloths from Lee Filters.

So that is a lot of gear and one of our keywords about our workshops is portability, so how do you do that with all that gear? 

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GET A GOOD BACKPACK:

The solution is simple - get a good backpack, period!

Both Jan and I have the same backpack today after going through a ton of different bags over the years. Today we use the LowePro ProRunner 350 AW which for us has the perfect setup for a landscape photographer. I am sure that there is probably a better bag somewhere which either is more or less expensive than my current LowePro but that doesn't really mather. 

The out most important thing is to get a backpack that suites your psychical build and the gear your want to bring to the different tasks. 

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Portability:

Yes, it might seem simple but there is only one thing that is important for a photographer - especially a landscape photographer - and that is portability. If you spend your thoughts about how to transport your gear from A to B you will never get the "one" shot.

Most higher grade backpacks have customizable space inside so you can set it up yourself. I have never owned a bag that doesn't have this feature and for me it's an absolute necessity.

As you can see I don't have the tripod mounted on the backpack. I use an alloy tripod and it's kinda heavy which gives the backpack a bit of overweight in the back. It kinda gives you the feeling that you tripping over backward which is a very bad thing when hiking. I crank on leg on the tripod all the way out in 90 degrees and just put it over my neck - it's quite comfortable but I will upgrade my tripod for a carbonfiber at some point. 

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Next article in this series will be on the different methods on how to scout a location from home.

Remember to check out our 5-day landscape workshop to the Faroe Islands in April 2017 - we only have 4 seats left!