I always get into debates with other photographers over what the right amount of gear is to take to your photoshoots. I'm kinda minimalist. Certainly not bare bones, but I have to have multiple uses for every item I bring. For my corporate shoots I have a specific collection that I take that gives me the versatility and flexibility to meet and exceed all of my customers expectations without taking FOREVER. I'd like to share that today and hear what you think is an essential element or tool for business shoots. Portraits, events, special, PR images, product shots, you name it. What can't you live without?
Here's my standard corporate chaos kit. Lowepro roller bag crammed (see below), three cheap light weight lightstands for the 600 EX-RTs, two reflectors, and two zumbrellas, Plus coffee. The reflectors can direct natural light, fill light, or block nasty overhead office lighting (I carry push pins too). The light stands let you get you lighting anywhere and the coffee gives you the will to live. :)
Ok, the bag. After complex differential equations involving camera model to time ratios and much Newtonian physics that only Thom Shumard actually understands this setup appears to be a fractal. :)
3. Optical fire kick light
4. Canon 7D
7. Spare charged flash batteries, random spare batteries, led flashlights
8. Sigma 85,1.4
10. Canon 10-22mm
11. Camera battery charger
13. Push Pins
14. Business cards
15. expo disc color check from OJ Santiago
16. Roll 'o duct tape
17. Lens hood 72mm,
18. wireless remote trigger for camera
19. Canon 50mm,1.4
And in the top, every gel color in the rainbow to match weird office lighting. And some flexible modifiers I can mold into gobos or snoots!
So far there hasn't been a scenario where I've come up short. What do you think?