Gear doesn't make the photo. But gear can be fun…
San Diego-based photographer Sandy Huffaker keeps himself busy by shooting just about everything. Living near the USA/Mexico border has given him the opportunity focus extensively on immigration and border control. For Sandy, it’s important that his gear be as compact and portable as possible.
Huffaker’s portfolio includes a healthy dose of photojournalism (the recent oil spill in Louisiana, illegal immigration, natural disasters, and even a plane crashing in his back yard), and corporate work (PR, annual reports, books, and non-typical executive portraits.)
I was curious about the contents of his camera bag because it looks like he is all over the place, often in unpredictable situations, and I wondered how he managed to always be prepared. How much gear is he carting around the country?
I sent him an email and asked if he’d be willing to let me snoop around inside his camera bag. He invited me to his house on a Sunday morning, to meet the family, and dig deep into his arsenal of photo gear.
I must admit, I was surprised by the really small footprint his gear takes up. One camera bag, densely packed with only the most vital equipment: a single hot-shoe strobe, 2 digital SLR cameras, a few dependable lenses, and a laptop computer that goes everywhere with him.
Huffaker shoots with both a Canon EOS 1D Mark II, and a Canon EOS 50D.
Some of the items featured in the video include:
Canon EOS-1D Mark II