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Unread 03-05-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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What equipment do you bring with you?

I'm fairly new to photography, and have myself a Nikon 3100. I'm wanting to start doing photo shoots at conventions and was wondering; What equipment do you usually bring with you? as for Lighting, lenses, tripods, any other useful accessories. I have a Nikkor AF 50 mm f1.8D, and the standard 18-50mm lens to work with as well as Nikon 1 SB-N7 Speedlight for flash.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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Flash Gels.
Business cards or some other form of identification that can be given.
Smartphone (with texting capability).
Emergency food supply, water.
Gear Bag or some other way to carry all your gear.

I'm sure others can come up with more of a list.
If you are going with friends or want to coordinate with others, an alternate means of communication besides the smartphone like a personal radio is advisable; there often places the smartphone cannot get signal due to crowds, 'dead zones', or bad reception.

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Unread 03-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #3
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Depends on how far I have to carry it all
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Unread 03-06-2013, 01:12 AM   #4
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In addition to the usual camera gear I carry (Nikon D300 w/ 18-135mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses and SB-800 flash), I make sure to keep the absolute essentials in my gear bag:

Flash gels
Chargers for EVERYTHING - laptop, camera, cell phone, and for those AA/AAA-size Rechargeables
Sharpies/Pens
Cleaning cloths and LensPen (I actually need to get new lens pens)
Business Cards
Spare Batteries
Spare Memory Cards
Water Bottles
CliffBars/PowerBars/NutraGrain - or whatever kind of food/snack that can get you through the day until you can eat a proper meal

I'm not gona lie -- My gear bag does get heavy. But I've grown used to carrying it around with me through the con. Every now and then, I've leave the bag in the hotel and just go camera-only, but it just feels weird to me xD
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Unread 03-06-2013, 10:10 AM   #5
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If I'm going light, just walking about without any scheduled private or semi-private shoots:
Body with zoom lens and Speedlight. (currently, the 5D3, 24-70L, 430EXII)
Spare memory card
Spare AAs for Speedlight
Business cards

If I have a scheduled photoshoot at a con:
Body and lenses: 5D3, 24-70 and 70-200.
One 430EXII, two YN-560s
Two lightstands with umbrella adapters and umbrellas
Cactus V5 wireless flash triggers
Battery bag (AAs, AAAs, camera batteries)
PhotoVision Exposure Target (white balance and exposure)
3-stop ND filter
Memory card case
Rain cover for camera, plastic baggies for flashes
Fix-it kit: Multi-tool. Gaffer tape, electrical tape, blue painter's tape. Zip ties. Safety pins, bobby pins, blotting paper.
.. Advil and water.

I can fit most of that stuff into my Steampunk flash backpack, but sometimes I have to pare down just a little bit. Sometimes I only bring one lightstand and just use the backpack as the second light stand.

If I'm not constrained to carrying it all day (e.g. I can park nearby) then I'll also bring my backup body, a couple more lenses, and more grip gear (Super Clamps, etc).

If it's not at a con and I have a power outlet and plenty of room to work, I'll bring my studio lights.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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I like to shoot with as light a setup as possible.
At cons I often only bring my body with two primes : 50/1.4 and 35/2.0. It all fits in a small bag and is not tiring to carry around.
The large maximum aperture allows me to shoot with little available light and gives me a lot of control on depth of field.
I think that it is very important to learn to use available light before resorting to flashes, in order to understand how lights work, how different types of light interact with different subjects - especially people. Once you know how to "read" light, it's a lot easier to be creative with flashes.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 03:03 PM   #7
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On me:

40D + 24-105L
Spider Holster
Tamrac Velocity bag

In bag:

50mm f/1.8 II
430EX
Sto-Fen
Radio triggers
Microfiber cloth
Extra memory cards
Extra batteries
Business cards
Sharpie

In car:

More lights, triggers, stands, umbrellas, gels
Reflector
Tripod
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Unread 03-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #8
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camera body, 1-3 lenses, lens wipes, battery, memory cards, and reflector. also nd filter and color checker passport if I remember.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 07:00 PM   #9
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I'm borrow'in Av4rice's format because I'm too lazy to make my own:

On me:

D700 + 50mm f/1.4
Spider Holster
Old Kodak bag

In bag:

85mm f/1.4
SB600
Lumquist Bounce
Radio triggers
Microfiber cloth
Extra memory cards
Extra batteries
Business cards
Ball point pen

In car:

More lenses, lights, triggers, stands, umbrellas, gels
Reflector
Tripod
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Unread 03-06-2013, 09:24 PM   #10
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The most important thing to equip yourself with...is a smile.
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Unread 03-06-2013, 09:28 PM   #11
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Wearin' a smile and nothing else? That hasn't gone over too well for me in the past. Why are you getting out the macro lens?
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Unread 03-06-2013, 10:31 PM   #12
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I'm lazy as can be, so Pentax K5, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, and of course my charger and a spare memory card.

If hiking and doing landscapes or wildlife that's a while 'nother story. Let's just say the backpack AND camera bag are full, and then I have a separate case for my 150-500 along too, then a tripod strapped on there somewhere.
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This is a monster load and about as big as ever comes to a con. The camera and lenses are a pretty standard pro assortment, although I'd like to get a portrait prime and leave the 70-200 at home for cons, just to save the weight. The really important things are a 2' Lastolite Ezybox and a Chimera 2' Octa/Beauty Dish kit, along with a full-size stand and boom. Other than that, gels are important, a grid can be quite useful, radio triggers are nice (cheap YongNuo ones in my case), and gaffer's (the photographic kind as used in American English, not the British "gaffer tape," which is what we'd call duct tape) tape is a necessity, overpriced though it may seem. Oh, and a convertible compact umbrella can be invaluable, especially paired with a small stand and trigger in a lightweight kit. Another really awesome thing is my Lastolite Trigrip reflector, which is way easier to work with than a normal round one.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #14
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Wearin' a smile and nothing else? That hasn't gone over too well for me in the past. Why are you getting out the macro lens?
Macro lens....nice.
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Unread 03-07-2013, 11:33 PM   #15
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kind of dumb question. I've been wanting to do a wireless light setup but I've been reading that the D3100 isn't capable of doing so?
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