Some of us dream of traveling the world with our camera in hand. Professional stills and motion storyteller Corey Rich gets to do it for a living. Corey is one of the worlds’ most recognized names in adventure sports. He’s had the opportunity to document some of the world’s greatest athletes in extreme locations spanning the globe, from alpine climbing in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains to kayaking the Colorado river, to underwater cave exploration in Yucatan. Lucky for us, Corey took a moment before his creativeLIVE course to give a detailed explanation of his essential gear bag. Check out the video below:
Reuters reporter Jon Gordon is a long way from home. The Canadian correspondent has been covering tech and financial news for the financial data firms’ television unit out of Hong Kong for the last four years. Equally at ease behind the camera as in front, we asked him what was in his gear bag, and why.
I’ve had my fair share of cameras, both digital and analog, in recent years. Which is both good and bad. Good, because I learned a lot about photography — both from the technical as well as the artistical standpoint –, and bad, because at times I found myself in a constant loop of buying and selling. I spent a lot of money on different pieces of equipment, just to sell it with loss afterwards. And while searching for that one, perfect, ultimate camera kit, I figured something out. It’s not the gear that makes you happy. It’s the pictures you take. So I made a rather bold decision, namely to sell my beloved Leica M8. Not because it didn’t take good pictures, or because I didn’t enjoy using, but because I figured that I didn’t need such an expensive piece of technology to take great pictures. Quite on the contrary, in fact. What, then, is in my bag now? Read on to find out!
It seems that our society as a whole has a fascination with what other people carry around with them, I may not fully understand the fascination, but I certainly participate in it! This is a special contribution as it contains two separate bags and only film equipment. Read on to check them out.
If you’re a frequent reader of the site then you’ve probably seen at least a few of the “What’s in My Bag” posts. Today, we are going to take a quick look at the gear that I (Mike Pouliot) am using at the moment. If you’re like me, then you spend lots of time researching equipment before pulling the trigger on a new “toy”, so feel free to post any questions you may have about the gear that I’m using in the comments section below.
I’ve known professional photographer Brian Smith for a couple of years now, and the work he does has consistently blown my mind. More importantly, he’s also perhaps one of the nicest professionals I’ve ever met: in fact, he’s looking out for all of us. His book: Art and Soul, belongs on every portrait photographer’s coffee table. Brian managed to talk to various celebrities after shooting their portraits, and got testimonials from all of them on why the arts are so important.
He’s even let me play with his gear before. While we all know that a photographer’s creative vision first, I couldn’t help but ask Brian to talk with us about what’s in his camera bag. After some quick emails back and forth, I was able to get the well-respected Sony Artisan to not only tell us what’s in the bag, but also give us a bit of a backstory on some of the pieces.
I’m the new guy here at The Phoblographer, so it’s time I inaugurate myself by explaining exactly what I carry with me when I go out shooting.
I’ve been taking pictures since I was a kid, but only recently have I taken the time to evaluate my gear and shape my camera bag around exactly the type of photographs I’m taking. Having moved to Los Angeles recently, street photography seemed like an obvious transition for me. I fell in love with it, and it is now my primary style of shooting. I’ve now molded my gear around my needs, and while very simple, it handles just about anything I can throw at it. Let’s take a look!
Well it’s the end of the year and I am looking at what I have and planning for the future. When Chris Gampat and Travis Lawton did their list, I started working on mine. For me this turned into a new year’s cleaning and reorganizing. It has been a quite a journey since I set out on my photography path. In this time, I have collected a good amount of gear. The funny thing about my kit is I do not havee a lens that cost over $300. My equipment is very low cost as compared to many people I know. However, it works for me. I am happy with everything I own. My gear has been an exercise in thriftiness and resourcefulness. Now I do not carry all of this stuff all the time, but it does rotate throughout the week depending on what I am shooting.
Upon seeing all of our, “What’s in the Bag?” features, photographer Lester Jones contacted us wanting to share what he carries. Lester is the creator and owner of, I Dig Your Sole Man: a website where he showcases the some awesome street style of urban footware. “While I love the beautiful work of The Satorialist, Garance Dore, Scott Schuman, and Jak & Jill I always felt a bit alienated as I do not understand and appreciate satorial fashion that well, so I decided to fill a massive space in the street blog community by starting the world’s (to the best of my knowledge) first ever sneaker based street blog. My work looks at how sneaker style is something we can all relate to, with our footwear representing a clear story about who we are, and in a short space of time my work is developing a big global following,” says Lester. “The body of work has evolved from mere sneaker shots to become a credible destination for people who like a unique take on all forms of urban style, which includes portraiture, reportage and videography of people, events, products, places and more, and I do it all with quite a modest array of kit!”
I got to talk to him a bit about what’s in his gear bag.
I’ve been taking photos for many years now, but held out on getting a DSLR until just a couple years ago. Since then I have gotten the chance to shoot on a regular basis and started keeping up with sites such as this one, and thus have added some much needed gear to my camera bag. That said, I don’t do any studio shooting so my list is still pretty basic. The majority of my photography work is carried out while traveling or photojournalistic in nature so I tend to prefer to pack light (although not light enough that I am missing something I wish I had brought along). So, what equipment have I managed to accumulate?
Yesterday, Technical Specialist Travis Lawton showed us what was in his camera bag. Inspired by him, I decided that it was time to put everything out on the bed for you guys. Over the years that I’ve been a photographer, tech journalist and the site’s Editor in Chief, I’ve both bought and had lots of gear donated. Admittedly, this isn’t everything either; I’ve given lots of it away to photographers in need. In this post, I’ll take you through everything here in the photo above.
Just over 4 years ago, I fell in love with photography. I, much like many new photographers, fell into the gear-pit. More gear equals better images right? Not quite. One thing that exacerbated this situation is that I had a good job with good pay. For many new photographers, money is what prevents them from going out and stocking up on gear that they want. Instead, they are forced to intimately learn their existing equipment and make it work.
Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’m upset that I had the ability to purchase a lot of gear in the beginning, however, I feel it stunted my growth as a photographer. Instead of really learning how to use my gear, I would quickly move onto the next thing, the next lens. Now four years later, I have learned how to control gear-lust and how to appreciated my equipment. I’ve learned how to massage my current equipment to do what I want instead of going out and buying something that could do it better. So now that I’m older and wiser (photography-wise), what is the equipment that made the cut and constantly resides in my bag?
Long time readers of my work will know that I talk often about my mentor. Today, I’m proud to present to you a bio on just that man: John Conrad Williams. As a photographer that has shot for New York Newsday for quite some time now and has been around the world on assignments in addition to covering lots of hard to shoot stories, John is a man of lots of knowledge and is always willing to share it. I got meet up with him recently at my favorite restaurant to talk and catch up.