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What’s in my bag

Published On: 30 October 2014By Categories: Professional Photography
Commercial photography by Sydney photographer Gavin Jowitt

As you can imagine, I have fine-tuned my location kit over a number of years. This comprises three bags and is the minimum I take on location for a corporate photography shoot. The key is to be able to move all bags single-handedly if need be. The only time this changes is when I’m flying, as the ThinkTank Airport Security is too big for carry-on. When flying, I’m more selective with lenses and split them and the bodies between a ThinkTank shoulder bag and backpack. I also always carry a smaller bag in case I need to walk some distance or climb. Obviously, if I’m off to do a corporate portrait then I’m far more selective with what I take.

ThinkTank Airport Security v2.0

  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D3s or Nikon D800
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
  • PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Remote Cord, GPS Unit, spare batteries, memory cards, ND filters, gaffer tape, dust blower, Leatherman, LED torch, X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, suncream, Cliff Bars

Gitzo Tripod bag

  • Gitzo Carbon Fibre Tripod
  • Really Right Stuff ball head
  • 2 x Manfrotto 1052BAC light stands

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  • 4 x Nikon Speedlights SB-900
  • Nikon Speedlight Commander SU-800
  • Nikon TTL Remote Cord SC-28/SC-29
  • Nikon High-Performance Battery Packs SD-9
  • Westcott Rapid Box – 26″ Octa Softbox
  • Profoto Softbox 1’x3’ with grid
  • 3 x Photoflex Convertible Umbrellas
  • 2 x Rogue 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grids
  • 64 x MAHA Powerex AA Rechargeable Batteries
  • 4 x Pocket Wizards
  • Manfrotto Magic Arm Kit
  • 2 x Manfrotto Justin Spring Clamps
  • Rosco Matt Black Cinefoil
  • 4 x Impact Umbrella Brackets
  • 4 x Frio Universal Locking Cold Shoes
  • 3 x Manfrotto Alu Mini Stands

About the author
Gavin Jowitt is an accomplished corporate communications and branding professional with over 30 years of experience as a creative director and photographer. Awarded Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year in 2019, Gavin has built a reputation for delivering high-quality photography that enhances stakeholder communication. Gavin works with a wide array of public and private sector clients, guiding them in creating versatile photography libraries while offering extensive corporate, industrial, and commercial photography services throughout Australia.

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