Chicago Fitness Photographer – Behind the Scenes shooting on location In New York – What’s in my Bag

Whats in my bag

This assignment  required me to travel to New York  and this is what  what I brought and how I packed.

In my Pelican Case 1510(fits in overheads bin on airplanes)







It carried a Canon 5D Mark 111 body with battery grip, a Sigma 50mm 2.8, a Canon 85mm 1.2, a Canon 24-70mm 2.8, a Canon 70-200mm 2.8, a Sekonic light meter for Elinchrom, El-Skyport for Canon (it lets you adjust the power of the strobes from the camera) and a color checker Passport for grey card.

In my Pelican Case 1610(must be checked so get airport approved locks)




It contained 2 Elinchrom Qudra 400 ws power pack’s with pro heads, (2) diffuser’s, (2)  2″ reflector’s, (2) 4″ reflector’s, Qudra reflector adaptor, impact rid set(includes 10′,  20,  30′, 40′ grids), Elinchrom D-lite RX 4 head with 6″ reflector.


And last but not least my Samsonite travel backpack with laptop sleeve.

A Macbook pro, tether cords, a LaCie 1TB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive, my cubs hat from game six of the 2016 NLCS verse the Dodgers in which the Cubs won 5-0 which allowed them to advance on to and win the World Series and my two note books for lighting and location notes. Luckily for me on this one the client had access to lighting stand’s and a 6′ Elichrom octabank light shaper so I didn’t have to travel with a stand bag.


Here are a few final edits from the shoot.

We even had enough time to hit Time Square and grab a few cool environmental  captures.

All the client select edits for the Giam Spring shoot in New York can be viewed



Chicago Fitness Photographer / Chicago Portrait Photographer

When is New Technology/Gear needed?

  I don’t normally think new or more equipment is needed in order to get better or more artistic shots. But sometime new technology is required to get the end results you are looking for specific goal or project. I got to the point in my fitness shooting that I wanted to freeze motion. My current lighting equipment would not allow me to do that. So I invested in the Elinchrom ELB400 power pack with pro head attachment. This allows me to shoot at higher shutters and still capture the light the strobe head is giving off. This is called Hi-Sync shooting. Below are some recent examples and camera setting used.

                  Canon 5dMark111, Elinchrom ELB400 with pro series head and Skyport Plus HS

Chicago Fitness Photographer
Camera setting  F-4.0, 1/500 and iso 100

Chicago Fitness Photographer
Camera setting F-4.0, 1/2500 and iso 320
Chicago Fitness Photographer
Camera setting F-4.0, 1/2500 and iso 320

Chicago Fitness Photographer
Camera setting F-4.0, 1/2500 and iso 320


Chicago Portrait Photographer
Camera setting F-1.8, 1/2000 and iso 100


My old lighting set up would only allow me to shoot at a maximum of  250/s shutter speed. That would not allow me to freeze motion and would require more watt second power from the strobe head to over power the sun. 

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