What does a photographer need to cover the Olympics?
While surely many spectators will attempt to capture a visual piece of the 2012 London Olympics with their mobile phones, Olympic photojournalists need a few more pieces of equipment.
Steve Russell, a staff photographer with the Toronto Star, has laid out all of the equipment he will be packing inside his camera bag to bring to London, where he will cover his third Olympic games.
Perhaps having learned from Olympics past, Russell notes that he plans on leaving some lenses at home, instead “hoping that the Canon camera pool at the Olympics can help me out with a few lenses during the games.”
Though, among the gear with his three bodies, six lenses, pocket wizard remotes, and rain gear is an iPhone, “a must” for Russell’s kit.
And finally, in Russell’s bag are two t-shirts that he designed for colleagues whose abensce will be noted. One for Shaun Best, a Reuter’s photographer who passed away last year. The other for Randy Starkman, the Star’s sports reporter who passed away suddenly earlier this year.
What is adorned on the red t-shirt designed to tribute Starkman? “Keep calm and file fast.”