Anyone who knows me knows I do enjoy a good bag. “A place for everything, and everything in its place” as the saying goes… which is a bit contradictory because the rest of my life is the polar opposite. At any given time my house/studio/car may be a complete wreck, stuff everywhere, post tornado status. But my camera gear is always neatly stored, every piece in it’s specific place, which happens to be inside one of my many Lowepro bags.
Shooting music festivals presets a plethora of challenges. Ever-changing light conditions, weather conditions, locations and subject matter. To be prepared for this means a lot of gear, and shooting Virtual Tours and Stills at the same time means even more. So not only do I need a ton of gear but I need it to be portable, accessible, and safe. It has to be portable (and comfortably so) because it will be carried on my back for 10-12 hours a day. Accessible, because a change in stage may mean a change in lens or the need for a flash, an artist coming off stage into the crowd might call for a wider lens (and fast), and a full memory card will need replacing immediately. Equally as important as being able to access this gear, is knowing when it’s not being used it’s safe. Music Festivals in general (and photo pits in particular) are not known to be the cleanest, driest, or dust free areas in the world. To a normal person, hauling $15k worth of sensitive electronic equipment into these war zones might seem a bit foolish. I don’t have much of a choice so I simply choose the best bag available that meets all my needs.
I started buying Lowepro at the same time I started buying cameras, about 7 years ago. From the first bag I purchased, every single one has been chosen because it met my needs at the time. It wasn’t until recently that I took notice of the fact that I own more than a half dozen camera bags and every single one of them is a Lowepro. This wasn’t by design, I never set out to buy only Lowepro. I am not the type of person who is so brand loyal that I will blindly buy anything with the right logo on it. Every time I added gear to my collection, or was shooting a project that required a specific type of bag I would figure out exactly what my needs were, do extensive research into what was available and buy what made the most sense. It just so happened that Lowepro made sense, every time.
So, needless to say, Lowepro was a major part of my shooting at Coachella this year. In addition to hauling all my gear out there in my usual bags I had the chance to use a Vertex 200 AW as my primary bag. It is an incredible backpack. Super tough, holds tons of gear, and comfortable enough to cart around all day. I will be doing a full review on this bag later so check back if you want to find out why the Vertex is the perfect bag for this type of work.
most of my Lowepro entourage. many of these sit in my RV while I shoot all day, only one lucky bag gets to come out and play while the mayhem is happening.
me and my Vertex 200 AW in action