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Photography :: My tools of the trade

August 24, 2017

I get asked a lot about what equipment I use for my photography & general work. I'm always happy to chat about how I use different tools & what works best for me.  Tech is ever-evolving, but here's what I'm currently using.

disclaimer: while i have a collection of vintage cameras i rarely use them IRL

& mostly just like to stare at them. 

 

CAMERAS + LENSES

 

Nikon D4s camera    

(this is my main shooter)

 

Nikon D300 camera    

(this is my first higher end camera + used as a lighter weight backup now when i want great shots, but don't want to carry the above monster)

 

Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 ED VR lens    

(heavier & gives me a good workout on long shoots, but it's perfect for smaller music venues)

 

Nikon Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 FL ED VR lens    

(it's a beast to handhold, but the low-light capability on this is impressive & great for large music venues, distant landscapes, or when i want to be less of an obtrusive presence & prefer being at a distance to capture more natural artistic lifestyle images)

 

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR lens    

(all-around versatile lens with it's wide-angle to telephoto choice, just wish the aperture went a little lower)

 

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.8G lens    

(the classic)

 

CAMERA ACCESSORIES

 

Nikon Speedlight SB-600     (should probably update this, but it's still good for now)

 

Lensbaby 2.0     (when i'm feeling like being in-camera focus creative instead of creating it in editing software)

 

VideoMicGo On-camera Mic by Rode

 

Pelican 1510NF Carry OnCase

 

COMPUTER HARDWARE

 

iMAC 27" Desktop     (my preferred editing computer for all things)

 

iPad Pro 12.9"     (use my iPad when I want more creativity in my blog posts & when i'm on the road)

 

iPhone 7     (use this for most of my quick social media posts)

 

MacBook Laptop     (my old laptop used as backup)

 

COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Lightroom

 

APPS

VSCO     (for additional iPhone photo edits outside of Instagram's usual stuff)

PicFrame     (this app still has the largest photo frame selection)

Fused     (use this when I want to fuse two shots and blend them together)

 

STUDIO LIGHTING

Bowens Gemini 500R 3-Light Kit

  • Pulsar Radio Remote Cards

  • 3 x 500 Ws Monolights

  • 3 x Light Stands

  • 3 x 36" Umbrellas

  • 5-Stop Flash Power Range

  • Precise 1/10 Stop Flash Control

  • 1.3-Sec. Recycling

  • Travelpak Battery System    

Impact Pro Backdrop Support Kit

 

 

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