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Shotkit Feature & What's In My Camera Bag?

Updated: Apr 23

I was recently featured by Shotkit, with an article where I explain what is in my camera bag for a typical light painting session, and why I have chosen the equipment I use. This post is an extension of that article which also has a kit photo and kit list for 'light painting and night portraits', as well as 'urbex photography'.


I usually plan my light paintings in advance, so equipment carried will vary depending on what I intend on creating on that particular night. Each example includes a kit list, kit photo, and example photo using that kit.


Light Painting Kit (Light Plants)

This set of equipment is a typical example of what equipment I use to create my signature light plants. Everything usually fits into the camera and tripod bag, but occasionally I might need to bring an additional tripod or laptop bag depending on the required light painting tools. For more information on this kit list, please read the Shotkit article.

  • Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II Camera Bag

  • Canon EOS R8 camera

  • Canon RF 16mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.8 lens, and 50mm f/18 lenses.

  • Canon BR-E1 wireless remote

  • 3 Legged Thing Punks Billy 2.0 Tripod and Bag

  • Glow in the Dark Pebbles

  • Sofirn D25LR headlamp

  • 3x Ants On A Melon RGB Critter 2.0 Flashlights/Torches

  • 2x Ants On A Melon 8" Modular Sol Sabers

  • Ants On A Melon 24" Modular Sol Saber

  • Ants On A Melon 24" Modular Lumi Saber Honeycomb

  • Ants On A Melon DIY Connector

  • Ants On A Melon 1/2"x 1/4" Acrylic Writer

  • Ants On A Melon Blade Holder

  • Ants On A Melon Mini Triangle Light Painting Blade

  • Ants On A Melon Mini Circle Light Painting Blade

  • Olight i5R Flashlight/Torch

Light Painting Kit
Light Painting Kit

Long exposure 'light plant'
Long exposure 'light plant'


Light Painting and Night Portrait Kit

This set of equipment is a typical example of what kit I would bring to a portrait session involving long exposure light painting, as well as "normal" shutter speed backlit and coloured light portraits. This kit fits into 4 bags, which I can comfortably carry up to around 1km.

  • Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II Camera Bag

  • Crumpler McBain's Baby Laptop Bag (very old!)

  • Canon EOS R8 camera

  • Canon RF 16mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.8 lens, and 50mm f/18 lenses.

  • Canon BR-E1 wireless remote

  • 3 Legged Thing Punks Billy 2.0 Tripod and Bag

  • Fotopro X-Aircross 3 Lite Tripod and Bag

  • Glow in the Dark Pebbles

  • Sofirn D25LR headlamp

  • 2x Ants On A Melon RGB Critter 2.0 Flashlights/Torches

  • Ants On A Melon BitWhip 200

  • Ants On A Melon 24" Modular Lumi Saber Honeycomb

  • Ants On A Melon Critter Back Connector

  • Ants On A Melon DIY Connector

  • Ants On A Melon 1/2"x 1/4" Acrylic Writer

  • Neewer NW580 Flash

  • 2x Weeylite RB9 RGB Panel Lights

  • Zhiyun Fiveray M40 Panel Light

  • Small Rig Super Clamp



Light painting and night portrait kit
Light painting and night portrait kit

Light painting portrait. Model: Belle M Clare
Light painting portrait. Model: Belle M Clare


Urbex Photography Kit

This set of equipment is an example of what I would bring to create urbex photos using long exposure, static lighting techniques. If I planned to backlight myself, I would bring an additional tripod and clamp. If I wanted to travel as light as possible, I would leave the Marauder Mini at home.

  • Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II Camera Bag

  • Canon EOS R8 camera

  • Canon RF 16mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.8 lens.

  • Canon BR-E1 wireless remote

  • 3 Legged Thing Punks Billy 2.0 Tripod and Bag

  • Sofirn D25LR Headlamp

  • 2x Convoy S21E 519A 2700k Flashlights/Torches

  • 2x Convoy S21E 519A 2700k Flashlight/Torches

  • 4x Convoy S21E Diffusers

  • Olight Marauder Mini Flashlight/Torch


Urbex photography kit
Urbex photography kit

Urbex photography using warm and cool white flashlights with diffusers.
Urbex photography using warm and cool white flashlights with diffusers.


A few other things I carry

As well as the aforementioned kit, there are a few other things I wear or bring with me on light painting shoots:

  • Bottle of water.

  • Wet wipes.

  • Lens cloth and sensor cleaning blower.

  • Tropical strength insect repellant. In summer I also spray my clothes with a fabric insect repellant before leaving the house.

  • Black trousers, black long sleeved shirt, black socks, grippy black shoes - light painting invisibility cloak!

  • Black gloves or black balaclava - occasionally required for some light painting techniques.


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