Welcome back to the hum-and-drum of the work week. I trust your weekend was as fruitful as mine, as I set out with my camera on both Saturday and Sunday to get some shooting done. Only a couple of keepers, but that’s how it goes: not every image can be a winner. Speaking of winners, last week’s submission was……a saw-tooth hanger on a picture frame. Did you get it? Was it too hard? Saw-tooth hanger would have won, or just hanger. Try to keep your minds open as I’m working to include everyday items so as to expand your horizons and encourage you to take a second look at the world around you. As for this week’s submission – can you tell me what you’re looking at?
Good morning ladies and gents! Today I start a new ongoing series called “What’s in Your Gear Bag?” where I ask professionals and up-n-comers alike what it is they keep in their camera bag that they can’t live without. This is intended to help you choose the extra gear necessary for you to complete your job – whether it’s weddings, ballroom galas, red carpet, commercial work – you name it.
It’s only fair that I start us off…I’m not the best, but I shoot a fair amount of freelance work and have a number of commercial projects under my belt. It took me several years to find the perfect two bags for my kind of work (that’s right – you heard me correctly…two camera bags), but now that I found them, its unlikely that I’ll buy another again. My primary bag is for small event shooting. It’s a shoulder bag big enough for my DSLR and main lens (usually my Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8) and another lens, usually my Nikon 85mm f/1.8 D series. The other lens I take sometimes is the Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 – that’s the old one…the one before image stabilization. With the 85mm in tow, it leaves me just enough room to fit my Nissin 866 flash, which so far is equivalent to Nikon’s SB-900. If I take my flash, I always take my portable softbox with it. I RARELY shoot that flash without a softbox. And I keep an off-camera extension cord for the flash. The softbox and off-camera extension cord are almost permanently attached to my flash. I do 90% of my flash photography with those two accessories.
As for the nick-nacks I keep in my bag, the lil’ guys that help me get the job done, I have the ML-L3 wireless remote, as well as the MC-DC2 shutter release cable if I’m doing astro photography (pictures of the night sky). I also keep several lens cleaning cloths, lens pens and clean wipes in my bag at all times, and even usually sport one on a little clip on my belt loop so I always have the means of cleaning my glass.
Finally, I always take my battery charger with me, as well as at least one extra DSLR battery (usually two), and plenty of long-lasting non-rechargeable AA batteries for my Nissin 866, and most importantly of all: EXTRA MEMORY CARDS!!!! None of the other equipment matters without the memory cards to capture it.
And that’s just in my shoulder bag….let me spotlight a couple other photographers’ gear bags over the next couple months, and then maybe I’ll tell you what I keep in my backpack for weddings and bigger events. Keep shooting and keep checking in with us as I share what’s in the gear bags of our local pros. In the meantime: Happy Hunting!
Good morning America, and welcome back to Macro Monday. Last week’s submission was a roll of toilet paper. Did you get it? Probably only if you buy the quality toilet paper would you even recognize it. This week’s submission is equally difficult. So…can you tell me what you’re looking at? And please be as specific as possible.
Welcome back, Cats and Kittens! Last Macro Monday’s submission was…..drum roll please…the power terminal of a computer tower! That one was kind of tough – to me it looked like the dance floor at Studio 54. Now, for this week’s submission: can you tell me what you’re looking at? Come on, it’s not as hard as last time…and it’s definitely funnier than the last…
Welcome back to the work week, Ladies and Gentlemen. I hope you got the chance to go out and play with your weapon of choice, whether it’s a Canon Rebel or a Leica… I hope you got to shoot this weekend. As for the last Macro Monday submission, the answer was: the lens of a point and shoot camera. “Lens” or “Point and Shoot” would have sufficed, as several of you voted and got it right already. Now- this week’s submission is quite a bit trickier. Remember, I took this with a macro lens even though it may not look like it (depending on the quality of your night life)… So, can you tell me what you’re looking at – Is it a dance floor? Is it the front desk of the U.S.S. Enterprise? And be as specific as possible.