Leading Camera Bag Designer Offers Free Advice on Which Bag is Best for You

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Doug Murdoch, long renowned as a leading camera bag designer, has uploaded a free white paper entitled "Active Shooting versus Storage/Transportation" that presents insights from the pros about which bags they select for different shooting situations.

The camera bag you select depends on your shooting situation

When transporting gear in hard shipping cases, rollers, and transportation backpacks, photographers weigh a couple of factors. The most critical decisions are whether to pre-ship the case to the location, to check it as luggage when traveling by plane, or to keep it with them at all times.

Which setups do professional photographers use to get their gear from Point A to Point B, and which ones do they use when they're in the field shooting? Are the same? Different? Do all photographers use the same setups?

Doug Murdoch, a leading camera bag designer and president of Think Tank Photo, answers these questions in a new white paper, "Active Shooting" vs. "Storage and Transportation," available for free download. This article offers insights into how to prioritize which camera bag should use for different situations. It features insights and photos of leading professional photographers, as well as those resulting from Murdoch's years of creating photography carrying solutions.

Among the insights presented are:

"Sling" type bags allow the photographer to move the gear from the back of the body to the front. However, for Active Shooting the bag needs to be in front of the body so you don't have to swing it back and forth. Generally, sling bags are bulky and not preferred by professional field photographers."

"When transporting gear in hard shipping cases, rollers, and transportation backpacks, photographers weigh a couple of factors. The most critical decisions are whether to pre-ship the case to the location, to check it as luggage when traveling by plane, or to keep it with them at all times."

Traditionally, modular belt systems and beltpacks have been used for Active Shooting. Many photographers don't use any bags at all, putting their extra batteries and lenses in their pants' cargo pockets, or their vests or jackets."

"Professional photojournalists whose assignments range from events, to war, to sports, often have different bags pre-packed and pre-configured for the different shooting situations. They need to hit the ground fast with the right gear," said Murdoch. "Serious amateur photographers can enhance their likelihood of 'getting the shot' by gleaning these insights from the pros."

About Think Tank Photo

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

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