Light Packing for Summer Photo Shoots
With summer upon us, now is the time most people are traveling and wanting to take photos of the scenic places they are visiting. Lets face it camera gear can get heavy, and before you know it you have a camera body a tripod and 2 lenses because of that just in case scenario you’ll end up needing the 70-200 but you most likely will just keep shooting with the 50mm. So before you head out the door for your summer photo shoots in 90 degree weather with a 40 pound pack on your back we asked our Elite Immortals to give their tips on packing light for summer photo shoots. Here are their responses…
Matt Trappe – Sports/Landscape photographer always with camera in tow he accompanies elite athletes over the most rugged mountain ranges to shoot races, expeditions, advertising campaigns and video documentaries.
“For me the heaviest portion of my pack can be water. A 2L bladder is heavy!! I’ve found an awesome little product called LifeStraw that allows me to safely drink right from a river or stream in the backcountry while saving lots of weight in my Escape pack.
Photography wise, I like to carry crop sensor bodies from Nikon (D7100). The image quality is indistinguishable and it saves a couple pounds in my pack vs. carrying two larger bodies. A monopod also doubles as a hiking stick and can take the place of a tripod when shooting video also saving weight from my pack.”
“Packing super light – add one small body (D800 or D7000), only the lenses you need, a spare battery and cards, one lens cloth, and that’s it. wrap it in houdini jacket or other layer that might go anyways and head out. Often I use the clik wraps in whatever sport specific backpacks.
I used the new prototype clik running pack with a D800, 16-35 f4 and 70-200 f4 a fair bit at hardrock. and have some images here as well. For other stuff (light but not trial running light) I often use the Contrejour 40 UL…”
David Thompson -a landscape photographer who’s goal is to capture an intimate moment and bring the viewer into the scene as if he or she were standing right beside him and experiencing the grandeur as if first hand.
“For summer shooting I like to pack as light as possible. Typically I pack my Venture 35 with as much gear and accessories as I can. This includes a fleece jacket, a beanie, 2-3 pairs of gloves, towels, a headlamp, and other items. During the summer I’ll eliminate my fleece jacket and beanie for a light rain coat and bucket hat/fisherman’s hat. I like to carry more towels to wipe away sweat. Depending on where I’m going I may take a canteen instead of a water bladder to cut back some weight. Sometimes I’ll even switch out my tripods and go with a lighter tripod set up to lighten up my carry load. Anything that I can do to shed some weight during the hot summer months, I try to take advantage of.”
“Use a small body pro level DSLR like the Canon 5DMKIII or Nikon D800…they produce premium quality images at high ISO’s (think 3200-6400) and coupled with an image stabilized lens like the Sigma 24-105 f4 OS you can seriously think about leaving the tripod behind for many shoots giving you ample weight savings.
Use Prime lenses…they are much lighter than their zoom counterparts.
Use a smaller lighter pack like the Probody Sport. I tend to fill up whatever pack I use so if I go small on the pack I naturally bring less gear!”
Dallas Hyland – freelance photojournalist and adventure photographer capturing the stories and photos that surround the Southern Utah Red Cliffs.
4 greats tips from M&M photo tours pro Mike Gulbraa
1) know your location and which lenses you’ll need
2) zoom lenses are a great option
3) energy bars, water & flashlight a must, and
4) clothes that wick and dry quickly but also provide SPF