Stephan Bednaic: What's in the bag? Whether shooting digital or film, action sports and lifestyle photographer Stephan Bednaic says his goal is to make images that have adrenaline written all over them with a colourful visual twist. In our latest bag exploration, we look at what Stephan carries with him on assignment. 06/23/2016 © Stephan Bednaic As an action sports photographer, does your gear sometimes take a pounding?“While I do look after my gear and clean it regularly, I don’t let it get in the way on shoots. Gear shouldn't be a distraction and I’m more focused on what’s happening in front of me. Because of that my equipment does have a few scratches here and there, I like to call them war scars. I did break a 85mm, it flew out of a lens pouch that was on my hip while I was running to catch up with the subject. It didn’t focus ever again, clearly my mistake.”What’s your go-to body and lens combo?“It would be the 5D Mark III plus the 50mm. The 5D is a great all-round body and I’m so used to the field of view of the 50 and the picture that it renders. The 50mm is a no brainer.When I pack for a shoot, I take only what I need and try to simplify my gear. As I said, gear to me is only a distraction. That’s why I use modular gear like the F-Stop bags that can be fitted to your needs or the Odin triggers that are compatible with my Speedlites and the strobe. Plus it can be used to trigger a remote camera so I have less stuff to worry about and pack.“Any special techniques to get your shots?“I would say it’s more of a style than a technique but I do try to put something in the foreground of the frame to simplify the picture and isolate the subject. Since I mostly use wide apertures it blurs out and adds depth and context to the picture. Also, I do like warm light and lens flares.”You often carry a can of Red Bull with you?“If I have free space in the bag I always throw in a can or two. You never know, ether you get thirsty or the athlete needs a little energy boost to refresh. Often I just give them to people I meet while working to represent the brand. It’s a great icebreaker and social tool. Thanks to the Red Bull team and their support I always have a few dozen cans in the fridge ready to go.”Where do you pick up most your gear? Online?“Online review don’t really work for me since I like to try out the gear and see if it fits my needs. That’s the main reason I support local shops when buying gear. I especially need to thank Daniel and his team at Prizma-Foto and Zoran and the Canon guys at Anigota! They always help me out and support me. I always like to stop by and chat with them about gear issues. I was lucky enough to meet the team at Sony Mobile and they hooked me up with the latest phones, perfect for that Illume Mobile category that launched this year. My advice would be to support the brands you like to work with and connect with people in the industry, it goes both ways.”Stephan's full gear list:Canon 1D Mark IVCanon 5D Mark IIICanon 1V HSCanon 15mm FECanon 16-35mmCanon 45mm TSCanon 50mmCanon 580EXII SpeedlitesPhottix Odin II triggersPhottix Indra500GoPro Hero 4Peak Design Capture ProCard wallet with Sandisk SD/CF cardsCard reader and a backup hard driveSony Z5 CompactGaffer tapeCan or two of RedbullRain jacketF-Stop Loka/Kenti with 2L hydration systemManfrotto carbon tripod with ball headManfrotto NanostandsManfrotto 1051bac standView more of Stephan’s work on his website. For more of on the man himself, head to Facebook or Instagram.Keep coming back to redbullillume.com for your weekly dose of action and adventure sports photography and galleries of inspirational images. You can also get a sneak peek of the Red Bull Illume 2016 submissions on Facebook and Instagram.