B&H: "What's in Your Bag?" with Headshot Photographer Peter Hurley

We love photography. We love gear. And we love this guy: New York City-based headshot photographer Peter "Shabang" Hurley. So when B&H put out this episode of, "What's in Your Bag?", featuring Peter and his kit, of course we were going to watch and post it with all the same excitement and exuberance that Peter himself puts into everything. Watch as Peter tears through his bag to reveal his set-up while running down what gear he uses and why. Thanks for sharing Peter we hope to see you around the hold'em table again soon.

In this episode of ‘What’s in your Bag?’ headshot photographer Peter Hurley shows us what kind of camera gear he carries with him when he shoots portraits on location. -B&H


Peter Hurely's Gear:

Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter

Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag

FEISOL CT-3472LV Elite Rapid Carbon Fiber Tripod

FEISOL CT-3442 Tournament Rapid Carbon Fiber Tripod

Arca-Swiss Monoball P0 with Panning System

Canon EOS 5DS DSLR Camera

Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens 

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens

Tether Tools Tether Table Aero

Tether Tools TetherPro USB 3.0 Male Type-A to USB 3.0

Tether Tools JerkStopper Camera Support 

Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display

GoPro HERO4 Black

Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone

RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit

 X-Rite i1Display Pro

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Giottos Rocket Blaster Dust-Removal Tool

alm Pro Lens Pack With mCAMLITE for iPhone 6

WD 1TB My Passport Ultra Metal Edition

WD 1TB My Passport Drive for Mac

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader

Think Tank Photo Pixel Pocket Rocket Memory Card Carrier

via [B&H]

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There are light meter apps for iPhone :)

Interesting, every video I've ever seen of him shooting, he is using a Phase One. I didn't know he shot Canon.

Actually the camera you saw was a Hasselblad but the new 5D S's insane resolution helps close the gap, making Canon a little more palatteable for medium format shooters.

I can only find the one video right now, but in this one https://fstoppers.com/lighting/download-peter-hurleys-newest-photography..., the camera he uses clearly is clearly marked Phase One 645df+ and that's the only thing I've seen him shoot in the few clips I've seen of his.

Like most of us Peter shoots with anything and everything. So it comes as no surprise that he would be seen with a Phase One at some point. But I know Peter personally and know that he owns/owned a Hassy and used it in his studio for years. :)

Wasn't he the guy that did a paid shill review for the Canon 5ds? Sure seemed like it.

I'm not sure if Peter got paid to jump on the Canon train or not. I'll ask him. If so, good for him. To come so far, in our industry, and get that kind of sponsorship is amazing.

I think it was Profoto that paid him to do a video. I remember when he opened the Profoto light modifiers and all of the diffusion panels were still in a plastic bags. They all had the crises of a just unfold panels :-).

I was surprised to see him uses strobes since until then he seem to only use continues light.

Whats up with the playstation controller?

He has it set up as a Midi input to run through files on capture 1. I belive ther is a video of him in his studio talking about it.

These kinds of videos always make me chuckle.

When you're coming up as a photog, you get slammed over the head with "look kids, it's not about the gear. It's about cultivating your eye. you need to master your gear. you can shoot well on anything. don't worry about gear."

But then cut to videos like these where you check out a real pro's bag.

"THIS is what I need to get the job done" - Peter Hurley ...as he opens a bag with probably over $20,000 worth of gear in it :)

It ain't about the gear kids. Until it is.

People tell new photographers not to worry about their gear so they don't get discouraged that they don't have $50k to drop on stuff. The reality is anyone can do decent work with consumer grade gear, it just may take longer. And time is money.

I had several people look at me like I had grown a second head when I said I ditched all my Canon gear for a mirrorless system because it is half the size/weight.

where can I get this shabang button?! ;)

Peter's back must be killing him if he's carrying all of this in 1 bag! ;-)

You can actually hear the SHABANG button going off at 5.20 when he's handling the 70-200 - hilarious!
you can't stress enough how good the thinktank shapeshifter really is. its one and only disadvantage is that it's so well designed and built that you'll end up loading it up more than your legs can actually support.