What's In My Backpack?

I've been big on the “What's In My Backpack/What's In My Camera Bag” videos on YouTube for a few years now, and also have become a self proclaimed “backpack guy” over the years. Being that I'm somewhere outside of my home more than 60% of my time awake and always have a backpack and some form of gadgets with me I figured I'd put together a “What's In My Backpack” list.

I have two backpacks that I'll be doing with three different setups total. So here we go.

Everyday Backpack (Average Day/Light Photo Shooting/Photo Editing):

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  • Outdoor Products Odyssey Daypack
  • Nikon D3200 with AS-F DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and PapaBearsHouse Paracord Wrist Strap
  • AS-F DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
  • Yongnuo Digital RF605N Wireless Flash Triggers
  • Lenovo G50-45 15.6” Laptop running Windows 8.1
  • Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse
  • Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
  • Anker PowerCore+ mini 3,,350mAh Power Bank
  • Insignia 7,800mAh Power Bank
  • Plantronics BackBeat GO 3 Bluetooth Earbuds
  • AKG K52 Headphones

The laptop, headphones, and flash triggers are optional depending on what the day involves. Headphones and laptop are usually only carried when I plan on editing at a Starbucks or someone's house.

Everyday Backpack (Music Creating):

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  • Outdoor Products Odyssey Daypack
  • Lenovo G50-45 15.6” Laptop running Windows 8.1
  • Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse
  • Seagate Backup Plus 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive
  • Akai MPK mini MK2
  • KORG nanoPad2
  • AKG K52 Headphones
  • Anker PowerCore+ mini 3,350mAh Power Bank
  • Insignia 7,800mAh Power Bank

Both of the MIDI controllers aren't carried together; sometimes just the MPK mini, sometimes just the nanoPad.

Camera Backpack (Medium to Large Shooting):

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  • ThinkTank Trifecta 10 DSLR Backpack
  • Nikon D3200 with AS-F DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and PapaBearsHouse Paracord Wrist Strap
  • AS-F DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
  • AS-F DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-4.6G ED
  • Insignia NS-DXFLN2 TTL External Flash
  • Yongnuo Digital RF605N Wireless Flash Trigger
  • Sunpak Platinum Plus 5858D Tripod
  • Joby GorillaPod Action Tripod
  • HOYA 52mm ND8 Neutral Density Filter
  • Lenspen Lens Cleaner
  • Nikon Battery Charger
  • Panasonic AA Battery Charger
  • Spare Nikon EN-EL14a Battery
  • 2 Extra 16GB SanDisk SD Cards
  • Anker PowerCore+ mini 3,350mAh Power Bank
  • Insignia 7,800mAh Power Bank
  • SanDisk 8GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
  • Business Cards

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And that’s What’s In My Backpacks!

Hydra Comic Con (Cosplay)

I finally got a chance to go to my first Comic Con; was planning on making my first San Francisco Comic Con, but found out about Hydra Comic Con several days ago and decided to hit this one first. Although I set in on some of the panels and discussions, I really went for the cosplayers, to see some dope costumes and photograph some of them. It was fun and I managed to get some nice photos, some not so nice as I would have liked.

Next time I'll have to remember to grab my business cards before I leave the house so I have something to hand to the people I shoot; it was awkward just taking some of the pictures and just saying "Okay. Thank you." and not being able to give them something to remember where to look for them at later. Hopefully some of them find them through Instagram hashtags.

The Wicked + The Divine

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Prior to actually visiting a comic book store a little over a year ago, I assumed that comic books were simply Batman, Spider-Man, and large eyed Anime characters. About three months ago I asked for a suggestion from the guy at the comic book shop I frequent weekly, Cape & Cowl Comics, and ended up picking up the first volume of an Image Comics book, "The Wicked + The Divine". If you really know me, you know I'm super into gods and religion based things, although I am the furthest from being a religious person. And the idea of gods from different mythologies who come back every 90 years, inhabit the bodies of teenagers, do their thing to influence the time for two years, then die (repeat) is cool as fuck to me.

They were already four volumes in when I discovered the series, so that first month was me going in the store every Saturday to pick up the next volume. But once I finished volume 4 I was stuck waiting for two months for the next volume to drop (being that I've only bought single issues of the Riri Williams "Invincible Iron Man" series, plus I couldn't get my hands on all of the previous singles physically). I finally got to get caught up on the series yesterday.

This is possibly the best comic book series I've read so far, and I'm currently reading multiple Marvel character series (Kamalah Khan's Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales' Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Silk, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, and Invincible Iron Man/Ironheart), as well as two other Image series (The Beauty, Nailbiter, and I Hate Fairyland). If I had to recommend any book for someone who hasn't read a comic book in their life (which I did last night) or someone who has, I'd immediately yell at them to read this. It's a must read.

Can we get a two season Netflix series?