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So lately I’ve been shooting a lot of weddings, It’s strange with commercial and docu work it’s such a pain just to get work but with weddings suddenly people are coming to me, anyway I digress. This is what I’m bringing 2 20ds with grips 2 flashes, a 24-70 2.8, a 70-200 is 2.8, a p-2000, 6 cf cards, lightmeter, quantum turbo, and some small stuff like an extra batteries. When I started I had a waist pack and a shoulder pack, but I quickly discovers I would kill my shoulders in a typical 8 hr day. So I moved everything to the waste with a realy wide lowepro belt and two waste bags, one holds a body with the 70-200 on it and another bag holds a bag with a flash and some extras. The body with the 24-70 is always out and the turbo is over the shoulder. This system is ok, but the belt can get pretty annoying after a while. My main grip is the boby with the 70-200 is just so big and hard to deal with my waiste is huge and makes getting through crowds a pain. Any tips? I don’t want to be come vest guy, but I could probably rid my self on one waste bag with a good vest like the think tank system. I’m already becoming wedding guy do I want to be vest guy too? I think I’m down to minium I can bring and would really like to add a couple primes.

by doug mcgoldrick at 2006-04-22 09:56:19 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) chicago , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

so ????

by Stephane Lehr | 22 Apr 2006 10:04 | paris, France | | Report spam→
Doug,
Do not become a vest guy! http://www.lowepro.com/Products/Belts_and_Harnesses/harness/

by Glenn Campbell | 22 Apr 2006 10:04 | Darwin, Australia | | Report spam→
When I am fully encumbered I use a backpack for all the film, extra lenses, tripod too at times attached. Then I can have 1 or 2 cameras on the neck and I just cop a squat to change things up. It’s all heavy, but if you get a backpack that fits and you use the belt, it’s not so bad. But I take a lot of Advil because I can get injured by just carrying 1 camera for 5 hours..weak birdlike wrists, crappy knees, neck, joint issues all around.

by [former member] | 22 Apr 2006 10:04 | Brooklyn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
The probleme in our job is this enormous bag ( caméra, flash ect….) which we concern the back, in more if it is necessary to run(roam)….. PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF if you know a good doctor…..

by Stephane Lehr | 22 Apr 2006 10:04 | paris, France | | Report spam→
Perhaps we should be asking women what they do as they are smaller than us guys but have to use the same heavy cameras. Perhaps they have figured something out that can work for us all. I only use one digital camera and stick a 50mm in my pocket and either a 19-35 Tokina 3.5 or Tokina 28-70 2.8 on the camera with the other on my pants belt, though I have one of those big web belts too but leave it at home. I also carry my flash on my belt with the extension cord attached for those occassions that I need some fill. And that’s it. It works for me and it leaves me free and unencumbered to dance in and out of the shadows without knocking people over. My trusty camera is still a D100. It serves me well but gets too noisey above 400 iso but noise ninja takes care of that. A D200 is on the horizon, at which point the D100 will go in the bag as a back up.

by Paul Treacy | 22 Apr 2006 10:04 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
Acupuncture folks. Works wonders for the shoulders. Mine became abnormally inflamed, and the only thing that fixed it was acupuncture.


I doubt the women are much smaller than I am, so I get to chime in on that basis: besides keeping things to an absolute minimum whenever possible, I try to shun shoulder bags nowadays except for very small ones. The uneven distribution of weight is very bad for you back. Hence, backpacks make a lot of sense, but they are not as handy for reaching in and getting what you need while you are working.


Soooo, I hate to say it, but I am a vest guy, at least sometimes. I have a cheap Hakuba, I think it is called, that is mostly mesh so it is comfy in hot climates, not too many pockets (could use more actually) but it is low key, and it works. Now I dont know what is the standing objection here to vests — dorky? Well you ask me photographers are kind of dorky looking, even the “cool” ones who go round with those Arabic scarves wrapped round their necks. And if it works, it works. Anyone walking around with a 70-200 lens is going to attract attention anyway, so why worry? Weddings, though, pose a problem. I dont think you can show up at a wedding with a vest; you have to wear a suit, no? In that case the answer is, an assistant! As for the 70-200, well I just dont use them. Ever. But I dont shoot sports.

by Jon Anderson | 22 Apr 2006 11:04 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Hey, I am female. And I shoot medium format with film and a tripod at times..so I think I am probably carring a lot of weight. I recently got a tamrac backpack that has compartments. Good shoes are a critical thing in my book. There is a line of (very costly) leather closed toe shoes made by the birkenstock people, footprints I think, and that helps..or my merrell sandles.

by [former member] | 22 Apr 2006 11:04 | Brooklyn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
My business partner and fellow shooter told me about some guy that designed a tuxedo with extra re-enforced pockets for such occassions. I want to see that so if anyone has a web link let me know. I think I’ll google it now. What we really need is dressy, snazzy cargo pants and matching jacket to spread out the gear and still look reasonably presentable. I have cargo pants that are very usefull for cables, extra batteries, CF cards and the like. I can also stick the smaller primes in the big pockets and take some of the weight away from the back and shoulders.

by Paul Treacy | 22 Apr 2006 11:04 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
I think about some of the fitter looking NYPD guys and gals that have taken to wearing the more paramilitary type uniforms. The fitter the officer, the snazzier and neater they look and those garments can gobble up a lot of stuff.

by Paul Treacy | 22 Apr 2006 11:04 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
How about an assistant? They could carry the gear your not using as much, change film or CF cards, help with lighting, etc. Just a thought.

by Morgan Hagar | 22 Apr 2006 12:04 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
I could never manage with an assistant. I move quickly and quietly and operate without fuss and I’d just loose an assistant unless they were very nimble. I just can’t expand my way of thinking photographically to consider the presence of another human. I just could not be tethered like that. I’d have to be able to astro project into their head to controll their body and mind to be exactly where I need them all the time. No. It would be immpossible. I’d have to be able to see through their eyes to watch me, what I’m doing and where I’m going. Yuck!

by Paul Treacy | 22 Apr 2006 12:04 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
I hear ya. I use them whenever possible though. There is a vast difference between a good assistant (someone aware of your needs, willing to learn, a hard worker, etc.) and some numbskull who knows jack. I’m not sure if you’ve already tried it, but maybe find one that is highly recommended. You might be surprised. When a good one comes along it’s as if they don’t exist, but somehow you have four hands.

by Morgan Hagar | 22 Apr 2006 12:04 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Take a look at the OP/TECH USA straps, for cameraes and bags, they take a lot of weight from you body and are comfy to.

by michael bach | 22 Apr 2006 12:04 | | Report spam→
Hire an assistant.

by Adam Amengual | 22 Apr 2006 13:04 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Assistants cost money. I need that money for my kids. And my kids are too small to be assistants.

by Paul Treacy | 22 Apr 2006 14:04 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Interns are great and people seem to always want to learn photography. I’m sure if you put the word out through classifieds or even fliers at the local grocer you will find some free help, try even craigslist. I’d offer the experience to be at the weddings and some learning in other aspects of taking picutres. You would be suprised how motivated a high school kid can be and be selective, you want someone you like and can take with you.
You mention that working with an assistant would not work with your way of working, I’m sure you would have to get used to it first but the benefits in the end would be worth it.

by Adam Amengual | 22 Apr 2006 14:04 (ed. Apr 22 2006) | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Paul, when your kids hit the age where they can carry stuff, you are golden! Just get a couple of little vests, and you can load them up and have them follow you around.

I need to have some kids so that I can put them to work.

by [former member] | 22 Apr 2006 15:04 (ed. Apr 22 2006) | Cuenca!, Ecuador | | Report spam→
best idea…… ah ah ah

by Stephane Lehr | 22 Apr 2006 15:04 | paris, France | | Report spam→
soory paul it s just a joke

by Stephane Lehr | 22 Apr 2006 16:04 | paris, France | | Report spam→

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Participants

doug mcgoldrick, photographer doug mcgoldrick
photographer
Chicago , United States
Stephane Lehr, Photojournalist Stephane Lehr
Photojournalist
Paris , France
Glenn Campbell, Photographer Glenn Campbell
Photographer
(Photographer)
Darwin , Australia
Paul  Treacy, Photographer Paul Treacy
Photographer
(Photohumourist)
London , United Kingdom ( LGW )
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
Morgan Hagar, Documentary Photographer Morgan Hagar
Documentary Photographer
Los Angeles, Ca , United States
michael bach, Photographer/Film Maker michael bach
Photographer/Film Maker
Spain , Afghanistan
Adam Amengual, Photographer Adam Amengual
Photographer
Brooklyn, Ny , United States


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