Pro Photographers Camera Bag

camera bag

Have you ever wondered what I use on my photoshoots?
I’m a full-time professional photographer and I mainly photograph portraits. Occasionally, I shoot a wedding, but most of the time it’s portraits.

Highlights from this video:
0:03 What’s in a professional photographer’s camera bag?
0:34 My camera bag
2:30 Rundown of the photo gear inside my bag

My Trusty Old Camera Bag (been everywhere)

This is my camera bag that I take with me in every shoot, and I want to show you exactly what’s inside. First of all, the reason why I chose this camera bag is because:
  1. I can fit everything I need in it really easily.
  2. When I’ve got it on my shoulder, I can actually open it up and I can take things out without having to put my bag down. Sometimes you don’t have a chance to do so. Maybe the ground is wet or you’re running around and you want to take everything with you.
So, this is my camera bag with everything I’ve got in it, everything that I need on a portrait shoot. It is a reasonably large bag, it’s quite heavy because I have quite a lot of stuff in here. This is what’s inside my camera bag.

Everything has its place (quick check)

One of the reasons why I chose this bag is because I can look at it and get a quick view of whether everything’s in there, and whether I left anything on the photo-shoot or in my studio.

Photo Gear Inside My Bag

  1. Canon 5D II with 70-200mm f4 lens (main lens I use for portraits).
  2. 24-105 mm F4 Canon Lens – backup lens just in case my main camera lens fails & if I need a wider angle lens.
  3. 85mm fix focal length lens, it’s an F1.8 lens. I’ve tried a couple of 85mm lens, but this is the one I chose because it’s relatively quick focusing. It’s got a very large aperture of 1.8, which gives me a very shallow depth of field.  This is great for close-up portraits or photographing models or kids. When you’re really close, it just gives you a beautiful shallow DOF.
  4. Flash Unit with my cheat sheet of names on the back (I’ve got another video about how I remember everyone’s names).
  5. Filters – Neutral density filter and a polarizing filter.
  6. Model release forms in case I’m photographing models, always good to have one on hand.
  7. Spare memory cards if I run low on memory space. I always got a few extra cards and I keep them in this small pelican case, so if my camera bag falls in the water and everything else gets ruined, I don’t lose my images.
  8. Spare batteries for my flash unit and my camera. My camera battery has a cover at the bottom, which means it is fully charged, when the cover is off, it means it’s empty.
  9. Leatherman Multi-tool for fixing anything that needs to be fixed on the shoot, so that I don’t need to cancel the photoshoot.
  10. A couple of pens – never know when you might need one?
  11. Color Checker for when I’m photographing a commercial photo-shoot. I have this along to make sure that the colors are perfect.
  12. Shower Cap is great when you’re caught in the rain storm. You can put this on your camera to protect it from the water & the elements. Have one in your bag at all times because you’ll never know when you’re going to need it.
  13. Stands for my camera flashes if I’m using off-camera lights.
  14. Cable Release which I use to attach to the camera and the flash, which allows you to hold the flash away from your camera. This comes very handy if you haven’t got any triggers. You can achieve amazing results with this off-camera accessory.


Choosing the Right Camera Bag for You

Make sure that you get a camera bag that:
  1. Protects your Equipment – all your camera equipment is really expensive, and you don’t want to ruin your gear.
  2. Fits the Photo Gear you Need – What do you shoot the most? What gear do you need to take with you?
  3. Accessibility is easy – Can you easily grab the gear you need, while on a shoot?
  4. Everything has it’s place – where you can easily look at the things inside and know whether anything is missing or not.
What about you? What’s in your camera bag? Share them at the comments down below.
This is Brent, have an awesome day!


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