It's no lie, I am a gear hound, especially when it comes to camera equipment. I am a very brand specific and loyal to those brands. Over the last 25 years I have tried just about every new gadget, tool, concept, and trick related to photography but I always keep going back to the basics. In this post we are going to give you a look inside our gear bag to show you some of the toys...uh I mean tools that help us create amazing images for our clients.
Hands down our most effective tool in our gear bag is our camera. I have been a Nikon shooter for over two decades (my first camera was a Canon AE-1 Program) and I have no regrets. Unlike others, I never switched back and forth and I stuck with the stealthy black Nikons. I have probably at one time or another owned every camera Nikon ever manufactured, however our recent arsenal includes a trio of the Nikon D750's. We love this camera for its file size, dynamic range, weight and overall flexibility. You can usually find me carrying around a pair of these puppies while Sara always has one by her side.
The second most important part of our gear bag is our lenses. These are what allow us to get sweet images from afar and awesome close-ups of details. When it comes to lenses we tend to use the prime (non-zoom) lenses more that others, though there is one zoom lens I have yet to find a way to live without and it is my absolute favorite lens. That would be my 70-200 f/2.8 ED VR II . This is our reach out and touch someone lens that simply compresses the background to awesomeness.
Sara prefers the "normal" view her 50mm 1.8 lens gives here to handle the majority of her shooting through the wedding day. The extremely shallow depth of field of this lens creates some killer bokeh drawing your attention right into the subject. Our next favorite lens has to be our 60mm Micro lens that allows us to get those ultra close up ring shots that just pop.
For off camera lighting we recently switched from Nikon to Yongnou. Now I know I said I was brand loyal and I am, but when you photograph over 80 events a year things happen, things get damaged and the one thing it always seems to happen to is the speedlight. Those Nikon speedlights are awesome and you get what you pay for and when the lighstand falls over and it shatters into a million pieces, a little part of you dies inside. For this reason, we went with a more economical flash which also has some technology built it allowing us to fire our strobes remotely utilizing different channels and power settings. The Yongnou 560 IV has been our go to strobe used in conjunction with Mag Mod's to shape and direct our light just right to make killer images. We also carry some reflectors, additional light modifiers, and a video light with us to use in special situations where we want to highlight something, mask something etc.
So where do we fit all this STUFF? I have searched high and low for the perfect gear bag over the years often carrying multiple bags at times to fit everything we needed until we found the best bag for our current situation, the ThinkTank Production Manager 40. This bad boy has enough room for all our gear and then some. It is on wheels and goes where we go. It is not a light-weight once full but well worth it to have it all with us.
All the Gear in the world.....
All the most advanced gear in the world will not make you a great photographer unless you know how to use it in every situation you get involved in. Weddings are the most intense events to photograph with ever changing light conditions and challenges. Simply having this killer gear does not make Sara and I magically professional photographers. Understanding light, direction of light, quality of light, posing and years of wedding experience are what allow us to create the images we do. Having a great camera and photoshop skills makes you a photographer like having a pot and an oven makes you a gourmet chef.
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