What’s In Your Bag? An Inconspicuous Kit…


…is one that allows you to be unobtrusive. Earlier, I used to carry two bodies with two lenses, but people would get very conscious of the gear.

Pattabi Raman is a biologist-turned photojournalist based in Pondicherry. His work on the aftermath of the Sri Lankan war has won him plenty of critical acclaim. Here, he shares his secret for blending in.

1. One Multipurpose Lens
I use a 60D with a 15–85mm lens. I prefer this lens since it gives me both, a wide focal length as well as a decent telephoto option. Wide focal lengths let me get close to the subject and help me capture surrounding elements as well.

2. Carrying Necessary IDs
I carry my press card, and a copy of my visa, if I am travelling internationally. You can be asked for identification at any given point, and it just makes things easier, if you have everything at hand.

3. Writing Notes and Ideas
I prefer talking to people for an emotional feel, which, sometimes, cannot be captured visually. I include such details in the writeup. So, I carry two notepads and one diary to write how the entire story is shaping up.

4. Mapping a Region
It is always reliable to carry maps along with you. Sometimes, GPS and other tracking services don’t help in nonetwork areas. Also, you can plot your progress on the map.

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue 0f Better Photographer.

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