17.11.2017

A SMART PHOTOGRAPHER’S ESSENTIALS

written by:
Elaine Li

17.11.2017

A SMART PHOTOGRAPHER’S ESSENTIALS

Photography as a profession or hobby comes with a lot of baggage (literally). When looking at a photo, just like with a work of art or a film, or even a story, it’s hard to realize the actual effort that goes into making the matter come to fruition. The most important factor of a good photograph is timing, but along with timing, it takes gears (and sweat) to be able to capture the best representation of the moment. However, good gear bears a lot of weight. Working backwards from a perfect photo, step-by-step, leads you to the topic of this article.

Being a photographer means you’re always carrying lots of gears around. Being a travel photographer means you’re always carrying even more gears around. Why? Because you usually have a short period of time to capture the most photos in terms of ambience, mood, themes etc. at a destination.

My travel gear is usually comprised of a camera body (Canon 6D Mark II), three lenses (Canon 24-70mm 2.8, Canon 35mm 1.4 and Canon 17-40mm 4.0), a drone (DJI Mavic Pro), controller, spare batteries, mini tripod and accessories. All these gears add up a lot of weight, and I have had neck pain issues due to carrying them around in a backpack.

The situation of my neck pain got more and more serious, where I can’t even carry a light backpack. So these days, I rely on the Pro Light Reloader-55 camera roller bag where it stores everything safely in a very organized way, which has all the convenient features you could possibly want from your gear bag.

The rollers take the weight of your shoulders, and adds momentum and energy required for your shoots, while the Velcro-equipped inner dividers are fully customizable to fit a different combination of gear within the compact design. The dividers come with thick cushioning, which eradicates any safety concerns for your expensive equipment. The roller bag has accompanied me in almost as many trips as my passport and trust me I have put the bag and its features to the ultimate tests in mobility and durability.

The bag comes with a TSA approved set of zippers, which makes it convenient to check in and also keep your goods safe from the eyes of the burglars of the world. Another aspect I like about the bag is that it works as a camouflage for your expensive gear. Unlike the typical hard shell camera cases, that easily give it away, the bag looks more or less like a regular backpack, taking the wrong kind of attention away from your belongings. The design is subtle, yet I consider it an impressive feat of engineering.

The photos from Shanghai that I’ve shared above were all taken in one day with a variety of gears. All thanks to the Pro Light Reloader-55!

Hope you enjoyed this article and found it helpful. To check out more of my work, visit www.instagram.com/lielaine.

Elaine Li

Hong Kong

Elaine is a Hong Kong-based art director and freelance photographer. She specializes in city and street photography, and is known for her urban exploration and rooftopping work. With her passion in photography and power of social media, she has garnered over 150k following on Instagram, and work with a variety of brands as a social influencer.

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