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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2009-04-02

In The Bag: Fight Sport Style
Learn how Ed Mulholland covers boxing and mixed martial arts.

By Ed Mulholland

Photo by Ed Mulholland

Photo by Ed Mulholland

This is what Ed will be packing to shoot the Manny Pacquiao v. Ricky Hatton fight for HBO in Las Vegas.
I'm guessing because photographers do not get the chance to shoot boxing or mixed martial arts (UFC) on a regular basis, I'm contacted about what lenses I carry to fights, and what other "necessities" I bring along with me. So when Bert asked me if I might be interested in an "In the Bag" feature for the site, It seemed like a perfect idea.

There are really two different ways I set up for fights. Unlike a lot of sports we shoot, shooting a fight or UFC, doesn't require quite as much gear. You are relatively limited on where you can shoot, and you do not have a lot of room to work at ringside. So without further delay and all the hard-hitting power of a Lennox Lewis right hand I bring you the fight sport edition of what's in the bag. (OK I went a little over-dramatic on that)

For a small fight, I'll carry a bag (Lowepro backpack) for ringside work, consisting of the following:

2 - Canon Bodies
1 - 24-70 f2.8L
1 - 70-200 f2.8L
1 - 16-35 f2.8L (I rarely use this ringside, but just in case)
1 - 580EX Flash (Can't use it ringside, but you never know about who's in the crowd)
Compact Flash Cards and Card Reader
Verizon Wireless Card
15" MacBook Pro
Gaffer's tape (black, for taping over ring ropes)
Cleaning Cloths (if you've never shot a fight, it can get quite messy)

As you can see, it's a pretty basic setup. For a marquee fight, it varies quite a bit. I'm shooting the May 2nd Manny Pacquiao v. Ricky Hatton fight for HBO in Las Vegas, we'll have a team of two shooters, one ringside and one auxiliary. I'll be shooting the fight from auxiliary, as well as shooting ringside celebrity shots, fighter's dressing rooms, and running an overhead remote in the lighting truss that gets set-up the Thursday morning before the fight. My gear setup will change to the following:

Bag #1 - Think Tank Photo Airport Security (carry-on)

3 - Canon Bodies
1 - 24-70 f2.8L
1 - 70-200 f2.8L
1 - 16-35 f2.8L (This lens will be used for an overhead remote camera in the lighting truss)
Photo by Ed Mulholland / HBO

Photo by Ed Mulholland / HBO

Floyd Mayweather (l) lands a right hand to the head of Oscar DeLaHoya (r) during their superfight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Mayweather won via decision.
1 - 300 or 400mm f2.8L (used for press conferences and weigh-in, as well as auxiliary shooting the night of the fight)
1 - 1.4x tele-coverter
2 - 580EX flashes (Pre-fight events, dressing rooms and celebrity use)
1 - Think Tank cardholder with super-cool Sports Shooter logo
1 - card reader
Extra batteries, various cables and cords, gaffer's tape, cleaning cloth, etc…

Bag #2 - Think Tank Photo Artificial Intelligence 15 (carry-on)

1 - 15" MacBook Pro
1 - Verizon Wireless USB727 Aircard
1 - iPod
1 - headphones
1 - iPhone
1 - Mac Power cord
Misc. Pens and Sharpies

Bag #3 - Lowepro Backpack (Checked)

2 - Pocket Wizard Plus II's
3 - Safety Cables
2 - Magic Arms
1 - Pre-release cable
2 - Clamps


(Ed Mulholland is co-founder and photographer for FightWireImages.com he also freelances for HBO, ESPN, US Presswire, FightNews, and Ring Magazine. You can see his work at his SportsShooter.com member page: http://www.sportsshooter.com/muls and his personal website: http://pa.photoshelter.com/c/edmulholland.)

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