“What gear do you use?”
In all likelihood, we are the world’s worst photographer to ask about gear, it’s just not our thing. Nevertheless, the question always pops up. Our experience is that Canon’s high end camera bodies work very well, so we buy them as needed. Ditto for lenses. We never use filters, rarely a tripod, and went years without even owning a flash. We do love Lightroom, Apple products, and sharing images, and the experiences making them, via social media. It is our belief that keeping your thinking and systems at their most basic in terms of what is necessary to get your work done is fundamental to doing your best work, and enjoying the process. We put technology to work so we are free to do what is most important – to be out making new images, and living life.
All that said, we have made an investment in time looking at what technology and products work best and feel really good about what we use. Today, we’re getting ready to travel to Peru for three weeks shooting trekking in the Andes. While there, we need to make both new images and manage our Stock Photo Site with daily orders. So, what might be a better question of us is, “What gear do you take on these trips?”. As you can see from my camera and office pack, it’s not much, and that is the beauty.
Canon 1d Mark IV & spare battery
Canon L Series Lenses : 17-40 f4 | 70-200 f4 | 15mm f2.8
96GB of film cards
Canon S95 camera
iPad & iPhone
Sealine waterproof cases for both devices
Additional backup battery for iPhone & iPad, iPad USB camera connector, Petzl eLight headlamp
2x 160GB Hyperdrive Image Tanks for film card backup
All but the charging devices are in my Lowepro… Whoa, wait just a second, this is a top secret new Lowepro pack we’re testing (and loving). More later on this.
Remember, we’re two photographers, Janine carries an identical set up but with a Canon 5d and only one lens, a Canon 24-105 f4, and we split the Hyperdrive Image Tanks. Depending on the destination and work involved, the only additions would be Tilt Shift lenses or a 100mm Macro. For commercial shoots we add in a 300mm f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8. But for traveling and making the bulk of our images, the ones we enjoy most – it all stays simple and lightweight.
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