The main type of photography I do is taking images inside derelict places and abandoned structures. More often than not these places can be a challenge to access and manoeuvre in, especially when you need to carry lots of equipment. Recently I have been filming my photography adventures on my GoPro to give a bit more insight into the buildings I explore, but also to add video content to future blogs on some creative photography projects with some behind the scenes footage.
To add a little extra creativity to the work I do, especially in derelict buildings, I like to bring some light painting into the scene. I noticed this started to give me a few small issues. Mainly how to carry both photography equipment and video recording equipment such as action cameras together, but at the same time keep it separate, organised and well protected. I like to move around these places freely and in an unrestricted way, so carrying lots of different packs is not an option for me. Then I came across the Manfrotto Off Road Series Stunt Backpack and Stunt Roll organiser. Problem solved!
The Stunt backpack is a very sleek and tough piece of kit. With hip belt, chest strap and rigid shell lid this pack can be put through some challenging obstacles while remaining securely fitted. The front butterfly opening on the pack means quick and easy access to the bags main compartment where plenty of storage and pockets are available for all of your gadgets, as well as two separate removable pouches that are designed for storing compact camera systems and action cameras individually and in an organised fashion. Very useful when setting up equipment in a dark environment. Everything to hand in an instant. One very cool and useful feature of the pack is the attachments that give the bag the ability to hold action cameras for you leaving your hands free to work. The Stunt backpack comes with a dedicated GoPro connection on the strap and a pole connection, perfect for filming on the go and getting you first person point of view shot so people can see the adventure in front of you. With a host of other well thought out features such as storage and attachments for a hydration system and concealed pockets this pack is a great companion on your pursuits.
Alongside the Stunt Backpack I use the Stunt roll organiser. This brilliant little roller keeps all of your action camera accessories and needs together in one tidy well protected set up while having enough storage space to carry up to three action camera at once. This for me has been a revelation while using my GoPro to film my projects. Very quick and easy to get out and set up my equipment and quickly pack it down and away while moving from location to location with the minimum of fuss. As an added bonus the Stunt Roll Organiser fits perfectly inside the Stunt Backpack helping to keep my two sets of equipment separate but together in the same place and well organised all in one secure setup.
To sum up, both these products are excellent at doing everything you want them to do. Protect your gear while keeping it organised with the ease of use so the only thing you need to worry about is concentrating on the job at hand. The Stunt Backpack as a standalone item is great for fast paced active shooting and carrying you essential gear, but if you need that little extra capacity to carry more filming equipment the Stunt Roll Organiser is awesome. These products really do live up to the Offroad name. Durable and well organised so you can take your adventures off the beaten track into tough environments and still produce the work you set out to do with ease.