Friday, November 11, 2011

Studio in a Backpack

In early 2010 I was lucky enough to live, travel, and photograph in small towns and villages throughout Europe for three months. You can read about it here . I had a specific look I was trying to accomplish in the photographs I produced and I put together very specific gear in order to do that. You can see some of the pictures I did there on my web site .  

Over the last year or so I’ve been doing workshops covering my “Studio in a Backpack” and I’ve been asked if I could publish a list of the items in that notorious pack. So here it is. Keep in mind that I had another case with various chargers, cords, and back-ups that I left in my room when I was shooting, but this is exactly the outfit I carried when I went out to photograph. Over the next weeks I’ll be posting follow-ups every few days with more detailed descriptions, estimated prices, and the reasons I chose those particular tools. For now, here goes.

Kata Beetle 282 Backpack

2- Manfrotto 5001B lightstand

2- Elinchrom Varistar umbrella-softbox 33”

Gitzo #1541 Series One tripod with #GH1781QR Series One quick release ball head

Lastolite TriFlip  30” 8 in 1 Grip Reflector Kit

Lastolite Trigrip Bracket

Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter

2- Manfrotto 035RL Super Clamp with Standard Stud

2 each- Manfrotto #118 and 119 studs

2- Manfrotto 039 U-Hook

Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-2 shoe mount flash

Metz P76 Power Pack

Metz Mecalux 11 Hot Shoe Slave Item #0126 Female Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport adapter

Elinchrom Skyport Universal Starter Kit

Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Head A Pro Set

Gossen Digisky and/or Digipro F light meter

small roll black gaffer's tape

various CF cards, straps, cords, etc.

Cameras to be discussed in a later post


  1. How much does all this weigh?

  2. The fully loaded pack weighs about 38 pounds. It's not light, but I found it tolerable for a few hours at a time. Getting through airports and walking up and down cobblestone streets in small villages was no problem.