Why you should keep your batteries under your armpits and other helpful packing tips, with Zain Kruyer.
Welcome to The Packing List with Zain Kruyer, the first in a Gobe series showing you the contents of some of our favourite picture making legends from around the world. I’m utterly hopeless at packing, I always end taking far too many bodies and only end up shooting one body and one lens. To be honest, I started this to improve my packing game, hopefully, you get something out of it too, like why you should keep your battering under your pits.
Looking through the photos Zain sent us with his gear list really makes me want to get up onto those white-topped mountain peaks, and that’s a big deal, I hate the cold. Hate is a strong word, I know, I reserve its use exclusively for cold weather. I didn’t even know there were that many places in NSW (Australia) where it snowed proper.
Zain keeps the contents restrained and practical, which makes sense when you look at where he spends his time traipsing around, it’s an essentials only gear list.
The Packing List
This is the main camera I take on every trip/job. I usually have a back 6D handy just as a little peace of mind
I only keep a few lenses in my bag. I use to shoot on prime lenses, and a lot of people argue that they are better than zooms, but after using these beasts I can honestly say they are just as good if not better. Also, the convenience of having a zoom when you’re in the mountains and the light is rapidly changing is a massive bonus.
16-35 – I love this when I want to squish as much as possible into a scene. I probably use this 80% of the time when exploring.
24-70 – An absolute must for shooting jobs and I will always have this in my bag no matter where I’m going.
70-200 – My new favourite toy. Great for isolating subjects and peaks in the distance, even better for the occasional adventure portrait.
Polariser – I’ve recently discovered that these bad boys make a big difference to my photos. Especially If the light is super contrasty.
UV – I’m always clumsy when it comes to carrying my gear whilst hiking so these are great protection.
ND – I love playing around with this for long exposures and I’m yet to throw it on and attempt a super long star trail. I’ve recently been trying to shoot video and it helps when getting shots during the day.
I won’t leave home without at least two backups. Especially when shooting in the snow. They die a lot faster in the cold. A handy tip when shooting/camping in the backcountry – shove them under your armpits! I’ve gotten at least two extra bars after the battery has died on me by keeping them there!
A Super important part of my file management and workflow. Raws to the CF and SD. I’m sure you’ve all heard “it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when” when it comes to data loss. Especially when I’m in the middle of nowhere. I like shooting on 32 GB cards because if one was to crash, you aren’t losing as much as a full 128GB card.
I will always keep It in my bag. I use a Black Diamond torch, they are reliable waterproof up to a certain depth which is always handy for snowy trips. It’s a lot better than using a phone light and comes in handy for some cool blue hiking shots.
I mainly use this for star tracking apps and for seeing where the sun is going to pop up. I don’t like to be on my phone much while I’m out exploring, I like to stay present and connected. EarPods mainly for music on solo trips.
Gotta always have my trusty warm beanie for frosty mornings.
Not really something that’s in my bag but I won’t go on a hike/adventure without them. Comfort over fashion is always a good mindset when you’re above the tree line!
Thanks for snooping in the bag and reading the packing list with Zain Kruyer. You can enjoy the rest of the stories in this series here.