I have had a lot of messages asking what I travel with when I do commercial and tourism photography lately so here’s a breakdown of my equipment list.
Every photographer is different, I always take more than what I need. I like to be over prepared because I'm not shooting in a studio and I'm usually not familiar with the location I'm shooting in. I also like to have options when I'm shooting especially for when creativity strikes. So first up I pack what I like to call all the safe gear - this is the gear that I know for sure I need from the brief I get from my clients. Most of the time it's just my normal setup; my camera, 2 lenses, flash and extra batteries. Although when I have landscapes and aerials on my brief like most tourism photography jobs my gear kit is normally:
Apple MacBook Pro 13”
Wacom Bamboo Tablet
Hard drives (back ups)
Nikon D90 (Back up)
DJI Mavic Pro
2 x Go Pro 3+ with various attachments
Main Sigma Lens
85mm 1.4 Sigma Lens
Extra Batteries and Memory Cards
Gitzo Mountaineer Tripod with a Manfrotto 3 way pan head
Lee Filters Neutral Density Filters
Polar Pro Mavic ND and Polarising filter
Waterproof camera bags
Assorted sized bags
Several Battery Packs
Power board and charges
Batteries and memory cards
I get asked a lot why I bring a back up camera. For me it's professional and something I think every commercial photographer should have. You'd hate to rock up for the job and have your primary camera malfunction and not be able to do the job once you get there. Although my secondary camera isn't the idea camera for the job, it will get it done. Having a backup isn't just a good thing for the job but it's also less embarrassing in front of your clients as you don't have to tell them you can't do the job they flew you over for.
My gear always takes priority so my airline baggage normally looks like a huge suitcase full of camera gear, a small duffle bag for myself and I carry a backpack with my main camera body and two lenses as carry on - just to be safe.