Editor’s note: Nour El Refai is an architectural and documentary photographer based in Cairo, Egypt. He has a degree in Architecture from Cairo University, creates commercial and editorial imagery for clients in architecture and interior design, and teaches photography at various cultural and art centers, as well as universities throughout the Middle East.
Lowepro happens to be his camera bag of choice and he was kind enough to share several of his amazing images from recent portraiture assignments and excursions as a street photographer.
He has found very clever ways of packing the perfect kit for each type of set-up. For “extreme packing” and “walking light”. So we’re going to make this a two-part post and share Nour’s “extreme” style today and “light” approach tomorrow. Stay tuned!
“I almost use every inch in this pack during my portrait assignments. This is basically my portrait kit (excluding a light stand and a Westcott Apollo Orb modifier that I carry on a tripod bag).”
Sigma 35mm f/1.4
Nikon 50mm f/1.4
MacBook Pro 13″ w/ charger & accessories
5m Hi-speed Tethering Cable (I shoot tethered during most portrait assignments.)
Nikon SB-910 w/ gels
2 PocketWizards Plus III
Hoya ND and Polarizer Filters
Umbrella bracket Adapter
X-Mini Sound speaker
Lowepro Voyager C Strap
Universal Travel Power Plug
Extra batteries for everything
“You might be wondering how I carry an extra lens on this pack. Although it has only one fast access pocket for camera plus lens, check out the photos that show how I manage the empty space next to the camera pocket.
Obviously Lowepro didn’t design this pocket to carry lenses, but I found that I can safely carry the 50mm f/1.4 in this pocket so it becomes separated from the SB-910 flash that lies in the space beneath it and they don’t hit each other.”
“In Darb Al Labanah, a close area to Qalaa “The Citadel”, parents bring their young children to play here during Eid, a feast celebrating the end of the fasting month Ramada; many of those families from this area can’t afford to travel, or even spend the day in Azhar Park (the only park in old Cairo) which is not far from them.” (Editor’s note: This refers to the three images below).
“This is the same packing I used for my latest portrait assignment for a German magazine Art – Das Kunstmagazin about the art scene in Cairo featured in July 2013 Issue.” (Editor’s note: This refers to the three images below).
For part two of Nour’s photo story and his set-up for “walking light”, please visit our blog tomorrow.