In My Bag – by Eduardo Schoen

Eduardo SchoenEduardo Perez Schoen is relatively new to the world of photojournalism and is in the process of completing his photography training via the New York Institute of Photography. Eduardo has a passion for sports photography and can usually be found shooting for the local high schools, little league teams, or the local professional ice hockey team. Additionally, Eduardo has photographed concerts and college national championships for publication. Eduardo’s work has been published by Yahoo! Sports, USA Today High School Sports and other local online news sites. When not out photographing sporting events Eduardo enjoys drinking wine, running, mountain biking, and hanging out with his partner and their two sons.

When I first got started in photography I, like many, photographers, felt that I needed the fastest lens and newest camera body. However, over time I realized that a good photographer can make great images with almost any camera body. My gear bag isn’t very fancy but it does the trick with hauling around the gear that I do carry with me most of the time. The contents of my bag change from day to day and from assignment to assignment.

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I have gone through several camera bags of which each had positive and negative points. I was until recently primarily using a Snoop Incognito Camera Bag from Timbuk2. I also own a Think Tank Retrospective 5 for use when carrying just my camera and one additional lens. However, I just switched to the Condor Compact Assault bag. This bag seems to be near-perfect for carrying my “bug out” gear (small amount of gear) in case I get an impromptu call to cover an event. If this bag holds up I may consider the 3-Day Assault bag from Condor as it is a bit bigger. This bag is just the right size to carry what I need on a regular basis. I like how it easily fits on my back and even when full is extremely comfortable to wear.

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Here goes, the typical contents of my little bag:

Canon 5D MarkII with vertical battery grip
Black Rapid RS-7 strap
Canon 300mm prime super telephoto lens
Canon 70-200mm zoom telephoto lens
Canon 135mm prime lens
Canon 85mm prime portrait lens
Canon 50mm prime lens
Canon 20mm prime wide angle lens
Canon 600 EX/RT Speedlite Flash
Business Cards
– Spare Compact Flash memory cards
– Spare Battery (two installed in vertical battery grip)
Moleskine Reporter Notebook and Field Notes notepads
National Press Photographer’s Association member ID
– Various media credentials
– Spare batteries for flash, remotes, etc.
– Safety vest (needed for traffic accident coverage and disaster areas)
Induro monopod
Aputure Trigmaster remote flash / shutter release
– Tether cable
ExpoDisc to custom set white balance
Gaffer’s Tape
Lens Pen
– Flash Diffuser/Softbox
– 13-inch MacBook Pro

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As you can see I don’t own the fastest or “best” equipment. I do, however, pride myself on learning to use the equipment I can afford in the most efficient manner to capture action the way I want. This involved and still takes trial and error but over time I and others have seen a tremendous improvement in my work.

As a new photojournalist I suggest buying the best you can afford at the time and learn to use that gear effectively and efficiently. You can make great images with most any gear so focus on the art and not so much on the equipment. I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I know I enjoy reading through the posts from other photographers to see what they carry and to get tips on what is essential to keep in my gear bag. Happy shooting!

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