A Glimpse Inside the Camera Bag of a Newspaper Feature Photographer

The Arizona Republic features photographer Michael McNamara shot this photo of his camera bag showing the gear he uses for his work. His photographs are used for food, fashion, and lifestyle pieces, and usually requires lighting.

I use a Think Tank Photo Airport Security roller. I use a Canon 5D mk2 and a 1D mk2N for my bodies. I have the standard 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 zooms, and also have a 50 macro, 100 macro (both for food), 50 1.4 and an 85 1.8 (mainly for portraits). I have a 580EXII and five 550EX strobes.

The “Holy Trinity” of Canon zoom lenses and six strobes. Lovely.

In the Bag: Speedlight Mania (via The Click)

Image credit: Photograph by Michael McNamara and used with permission

  • Jimmybeard

    I am a newspaper snapper from the UK and we only have two camera bodies and two lenses (70-200mm and a 24-70mm), plus one SB900 flash, and we’re expected to do everything with them – news, fashion, features and sport (tho we do have a range of long lenses for sport)

  • Henning Nilsen

     I work in a newspaper(as a graphic designer) and that more or less the basic kit for all photojournalists.

  • Nude Moose

    Wasn’t the ‘holy trinity’ 35L, 85L and 135L? :)

  • WproofDC

    Wish I had such a photo backpack … Mine is currently at the 1/2 of this :P

  • Brett Rosen

    @8e16084801d66f16d05e468fa3cc1833:disqus “Holy Trinity of ZOOM lenses”

  • Skinner Photographs

    Hmm… why so many strobes? Definitely seems like some pocket wizards, hot shoe cords, etc. are missing here given the amount of light he’s packing.

  • JosiahE.

    I would guess he uses infrared control to save space, weight, and money.

  • Matt

    I’d really like to know the answer to this as well. Mr. Zhang?

  • Michael Zhang

    He uses PocketWizards as well (I guess they’re just not kept in this bag). 

  • Michael McNamara

    Sorry that I didn’t post to this earlier….I forgot to check back. I do use PocketWizards to trigger the lights. I don’t use TTL, and Canon’s IR system sucks. In the full article, I talk about my grip bag where my Wizards and cords are stored.

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  • (‘_( o..o )_/’)

    Why so many strobes?  That much spent would have bought a great Profoto or similar set up.