I sometimes worry that I’m moving from being a photographer into simply being a collector of photography equipment. You just accumulate so much stuff over the years. A good deal on a camera here, a lens there, or you bid on a complete outfit on eBay because the final price is worth the one item you actually wanted.
Swedish commercial and travel photographer Jens Lennartsson is taking a much more cut down approach these days, minimising the amount of equipment he takes on his travels, allowing him to shoot more, and worry about gear less.
Having a small and lightweight portable option can be a great way to work. It also helps you to push the limits of both yourself and your equipment to see exactly how far you can take things.
Here’s a list of the gear Jens shows us in the video.
- Camera: Fuji XT100
- Notebook: Leuchturm 1917 Softcover Pocket Blank
- E-reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2
- Keyboard: Flyshark Foldable Bluetooth keyboard
- Power Bank: EC Technology 22400mAh 3 USB
- Phone: iPhone 6 64GB
I often find myself also just taking out a DSLR with a 35mm or 50mm, my iPad, my iPhone and a USB battery, leaving the vast majority of gear at home. With a camera connection kit or Eye-Fi card, I can get my images from the camera to the iPad, do some basic processing with Lightroom and beam them straight up to social media.
Testing one’s limits with minimal gear can be a very liberating experience, and it’s certainly a lot easier in your back.
Do you try to take out as little as possible when you go out to shoot, or do you take everything but the kitchen sink? Let us know what’s in your typical shoot day’s bag in the comments.