In My Bags – by Dustin Snipes

Dustin SnipesDustin Snipes is a Los Angeles, Calif.-based photographer and part-time Red Bull drinker. When he is not taking photos (or drinking Red Bull) he spends his time surfing or watching reruns of “Modern Family.” Dustin works frequently with major national and international publications and brands including Coke-Cola, KFC, Nike, Reebok, Gatorade, Red Bull, Herbalife, ESPN The Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, 361º International, Men’s Fitness, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, SLAM, ESPN High School, Philadelphia Magazine, Maxim, and numerous others.


In September I was assigned a 10 day, 5 city, 5 shoot assignment for ESPN magazine. A lot of these places didn’t have places to rent equipment so I had to bring a lot of what I needed with me, including a cart! We checked 6 bags on every flight, and each of us carried on a roller bag and a backpack. Here is what my assistant and I brought with us on the trip.


Think Tank Airport International 2.0 (Camera bodies, lenses, pocket wizards)
Think Tank Airport Security 2.0 (1 xtra light, 325watt LED for video, video accessories)
Think Tank Logistics manager (8 einstein lights)
Tenba Aircase 634-725 (for beauty dish)
Tenba TriPak 634-504 (for stands and modifiers)
Osprey backpack

inside bag

15 inch Macbook Pro Retina 2.7, 16gb, 512ssd

Hasselblad H4X
Phase one IQ160
Nikon D800
Nikon D800E


Hasselblad 50-110mm
Hasselblad 80mm
Nikon 85mm 1.4 N
Nikon 24mm 1.4 N
Nikon 24-70 2.8 N
Nikon 70-200 2.8

Lighting Equipment:
– (x9) Paul C Buff – Einstein 640 monoblocks
160 watt small led with small arm



White beauty dish reflector
– x-Large Octabank with grid
– (x2) Large 7ft Parabolic Umbrellas
– (x2) 16×80 inch Strip boxes with grids
– (x2) 12×36 in Strip Boxes with grids
– (x4) 40 inch standard umbrellas
– (x4) 11 inch sport reflectors
– (x4) 7 inch standard reflectors

Tether Tools aero master w/pad
– (x3) c-stands complete with 40 inch arms
– (x2) 13.5ft basic stands
– (x6) 10 ft basic stands
10ft background support crossbar
Joby Gorillapod Focus with Ballhead X
Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod

– (x4) PocketWizard II
– (x8) PocketWizard MC2

Rock N Roller R12 Cart
White muslin background
– (x2) extra Hasselblad battery grips
– (x2) extra Nikon EN-EL 15 battery
– Gloves
Extension cables
– Lightweight steady cam
– 30ft firewire 800 cable
– (x8) Sandisk 32gb Extreme Pro
– (x2) Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport


setting up video


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