In My Bag – by Deanne Fitzmaurice

Deanne FitzmauriceDeanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and multimedia storyteller. She has received the Mark Twain Award, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and in 2008 Time magazine named one of Deanne’s photographs a “Photograph That Mattered” in their “Pictures of the Year” issue. Her work has been published in major magazines including Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, and she has created multimedia videos for MSNBC as well as for foundations and non-profit organizations. In 2011, her documentary work was a finalist for the Alexia Foundation Grant for World Peace. Deanne is a co-founder of Think Tank Photo, a camera bag company, with her husband, photographer Kurt Rogers.

When I was asked to write a “What’s in My Bag” post I thought “which bag”? You can probably imagine I have a lot of bags since I am one of the founders of Think Tank Photo. Seriously, I have a ridiculous amount of camera bags; shoulder bags, belt bags, modular belt systems, backpacks, and rollers. No matter what bag I will work out of when I arrive on location, I almost always roll with my Think Tank Airport Security. It fits overhead on most domestic flights, except CRJ commuter jets. If I’m not flying, I work out of it in my car trunk. I also spend a lot of time thinking about bags and watching how photographers carry their gear, always trying to come up with better solutions.

Below is a photo of my bag packed for a still and multimedia shoot. This is the most amount of gear I would carry, unless I need longer glass such as a 300mm f2.8 or 400mm f2.8. If there is no video or audio needed on the shoot I can lighten this bag up considerably.

in my bag

Think Tank Airport Security v2.0
Canon 1D MKIV
Canon 5D MKII with BG-E6 battery grip
Canon 35mm 1.4L – my go-to lens
Canon 85mm 1.2L – love this lens
Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS – heavy but can’t live without it
Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket
Lexar Professional 16gb 300x compact flash x2
Lexar Professional 16gb 600x compact flash
Lexar Professional 32gb 400x compact flash x2
Canon 580EX II x2
Canon compact battery pack E x2
Think Tank Cable Management 10 – organizes and protects small items
Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 x2
Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 x2
G-Tech 500GB 7200RPM 2.5” hard drive – to back up my shoot
Manfrotto tripod plate and tools
Canon LP-E6 battery x2
Canon BGM-E6 battery magazine
Think Tank battery holders x3 for AA batteries
Reporter’s Notebook
Cork Screw – you never know when someone will show up with a bottle of wine
Canon flash stand
Heliopan 72mm variable ND filter – for shallow depth of field outdoors, video
Canon LC-E6 battery charger
X-rite Color Checker Passport – for color balance

in my bag

Multimedia Stuff:
Zacuto Z-Finder – 1st camera focusing
Zoom H4n audio recorder
Rode VideoMic –on camera mic
Lite Panels MicroPro LED light
Think Tank Multimedia Wireless bag
Sennheiser Wireless Lavalier microphone kit
Hoodman LCD loupe – 2nd camera focusing
Sony headphones – to monitor audio
Think Tank Cable Management 20 – organize cables
XLR converter cables

in my bag

Think Tank Logistics Manager
Manfrotto 701HDV video head
Think Tank Pinestone Retrospective 10 – one of my favorites
Manfrotto Justin Clamp x2 – can attach a speedlite to anything
Think Tank Cable Management 20 – organizer bag
Westscott light stand hot shoe mount x2
Manfrotto 562B-1 video monopod – has stability but allows mobility
3 Legged Thing X2 Eddie tripod – lightweight but sturdy carbon fiber
Westcott light stand
Manfrotto 5001B light stand
Westcott Halo Umbrella
– Phottix white shoot through umbrella

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