In My Bag – by Robert Bostick

Robert BostickRobert Bostick is a freelance photographer and photojournalist based in Dallas Texas specializing in event, editorial, and assignment photography. Robert is a regular contributor to various print and online magazines, including The Dallas Observer, Modern Luxury,  360 West,  D Sidedish,  CRAVE dfw,  Culturemap,  Pegasus News,  Edible Magazine and many others. Robert has been an official photographer for Chefs for Farmers, Swing For Relief, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Cafe Momentum,  Barn Aid,  The North Texas Irish Festival and The National Kidney Foundation. Robert is also a volunteer photographer for The American Red Cross Public Affairs Office and received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award and the Call to Service Award under the Obama Administration.

I get a wide variety of assignments, everything from covering natural disasters to shooting food and I can usually anticipate what to bring and what to bring it in.  There are times when the assignment is rather broad and that’s when I bring the “Main Bag” which has everything but the kitchen sink…



Manfrotto MB SB390-5BB VELOCE V Backpack
– Prophoto Expandable Tripod Bag


Cameras and Lenses

Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS T2i with BG-E8 Battery Grip (B-camera and video)

EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (soon to be replaced by the EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM)
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Lensbaby “Control Freak” Tilt Shift Lens w/optic kit


Lighting and Modifiers

Canon 420 EX II TTL Flash
Yongnuo YN-560 Manual Flash  (not pictured)
Yongnuo NPT-04 Wireless Flash Transmitters (2) and Receiver
– Sunpak Readylite 20 Video Light
Bayco 30 LED “Lightwand”
Maglite Mini

Sto-Fen Diffuser  (for 420 EX or YN-560)
Rouge Flashbender Large
Rouge Flashbender Small
Rouge Flashbender Softbox Small
– Dynex 18″ Five in One Reflector
Impact 12″ Silver and White Reflector

Audio / Video

– Alesis Palmtrack 24 bit Wave/MP3 Recorder
Sima MZM-1 Directional Microphone
– Dynex Video Accessory Grip
Video Monopod /Stabilizer

Misc. Stuff

Polaris Flashmeter (yes I use it sometimes)
52 mm Circular Polarizer
52 mm ND 4 Filter
58 mm Circular Polarizer
58 mm ND 2 Filter
58 mm Closeup Filters +1, +2 and +4
– Quantaray Camera Straps (2)
– Canon EOS Camera Strap With Eyebolt (for flash)
Mini Tripod (for Audio)
Hakuba Mini Tripod
Flash Stand
Lens Pen
Zeiss Lens Wipes
– Inclement Weather Sleeve
– BG-E8 AA Battery Grip Magazine (for T2i)
– Canon RC-1 Remote Shutter Release
White Balance Cards
– Bag Straps (2)
Various Tamrac MAS Cases

Power Supply

Batteries for 7D (2)
Batteries for T2i (2)
Eneloop AA Rechargeable Batteries (18)
Eneloop AAA Rechargeable Batteries (4)
Battery Charger for 7D
Battery Charger for T2i
– Charger for Sunpak Readylite 20 Video Light
Duracell Mobile Phone Battery Chargers (3) (not pictured)


CF Cards Various Capacities  (44 GB Total)
SD Cards Various Capacities  (44 GB Total)
Card Wallets (2)


– Pens
– Notebook
– Credentials
– Altoid Gum
– N-Joy King Electronic Cigarette
Leatherman Blast (not pictured as it’s always on my belt)

Tripod / Lighting Bag

Manfrotto MKC3-P01 Compact Tripod
Light Stand
– Light Stand Head
– Umbrella 18″ Three in One

Other Bags Used

Tamrac 5534 Messenger
Tamrac 5630 Long Lens
Tamrac 5768 Velocity 8x
– “Frankenbelt” (Husky tool-belt with various Tamrac MAS, Lowepro and Denali cases)

other bags

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