When photographer Lou Jones travels on assignment, he has to pack the right gear to get the job done. On a recent trip to Saint Petersburg, Russia to photograph a travel book, Lou used the following equipment to capture great images in a variety of settings.
- 3 Camera Bodies – Nikon D3 and 2 Nikon D2x
- 4 Flashes – 2 Nikon SB900 and SB800
- Snoots, gels, extra batteries, Pocket Wizzards, softboxes, and chargers
His bag of choice for such a demanding trip? The Lowepro Pro Roller x200.
“The Pro Roller was tightly packed,” said Lou. “It went everywhere I did. I was forced to open the case at every checkpoint going over and back. But we passed every test. And my gear remained in great shape.”
Lou photographed major rock concerts with press credentials, secured access to Dostoevsky’s house and Tchaikovsky’s burial place, hired models to photograph in significant locations around town, and even planned the whole trip around the famous “white nights” season. And because the city is so far north, it never gets completely dark during that part of the year. So, along with thousands of natives and tourists, Lou ventured out every night to photograph these celebrations.
“Yeah, we even dragged that roller behind us on the infamous Russian subways and up and down the long escalators,” Lou said. “It’s one tough piece of luggage.”
You can see more of Lou’s work at fotojones.com. You also might be interested in his book, Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at the Speed of Light — available for $23 on Amazon.com.
Reported by Derrick Story, Lowepro Photography Evangelist.