Well if you guessed a bunch of camera gear, lens tissues, a few filters and a tripod, you’d be right!!
But what about all those other silly little things that good photographers end up with in their “kit”? Strange items that for whatever reason have made the photographer’s job that little bit easier, and have therefore become a standard item on their “can’t do without” list?
I braved fire and brimstone, (well, just a locked door actually) to find Chris’s favourite camera backpack and completely empty the contents to see what I would discover. Here are some of the things you would NOT have guessed were in there:
Bungy cords – For when you are on an extreme action photo shoot but AJ Hackett isn’t around…
Pegs – Considering Chris has no idea how to actually use these small, domestic items, I actually have no idea why they have appeared in his gear, maybe to hold up extra thin models?
Pen – I’m pretty sure this is to fill out model releases or similar shoot documents, and NOT to take down the phone number of aforementioned super skinny model…!
Gaffa Tape – Even the best camera assistant in the world still talks too much during a shoot.
Plastic Compass – He may be a travel photographer but that doesn’t mean he actually knows his way around. After a long shoot offshore it is nice to still be able to find your way home at the end of the project…
Torch - If I told you he was afraid of the dark would you still think he was cool?
Padlocks – If there is one thing I can say about Chris he is super vigilant when it comes to his gear; everything is double and triple locked and I guess having extra padlocks in case he loses one just makes him feel safe. Awwww…
Tiny screwdriver set – I imagine these are for on site repairs of camera gear and other accessories, but I also wonder if it is just in case he needs to tighten the screws in the arms of his sunglasses…?
Spray Mister Bottle – For wetting down the odd “buff” model such as in the Rudy Project shoot. (Apparently it is actually for adding shine to food and macro shots).
Fishing weights and fishing line – Amazingly these are the perfect device for holding curtains straight, who would have known?
Pins – Used by most people around the world to pin clothing during sewing activities, but apparently also good for holding the creases out of hotel bedding during a photo shoot. Who needs Photoshop?
Ginger tablets – There is ALWAYS someone who gets motion sickness at some stage during a location shoot!
Dry Bag – Possibly to be used by the above unwell person in times of extreme emergency, but otherwise designed for keeping camera equipment dry.
Manfrotto Magic Arms – he has so many of these strange anatomically shaped things, of all different sizes, that I am beginning to wonder if he has some secret other life I am not aware of…
Over and out!
Camera Detective Extraordinaire…
(And you thought I was joking about the bungy cords)!?!
We’d love to hear about the strange items in YOUR backpack, feel free to share them in the comments section…