I took this photo of myself just after I’d finished photographing a corporate event. I like the way I look, kind of proud but uncertain. It’s a new client and as “art is in the eye of the beholder“, I wont really know if they like the job I did until they see it. Being a photographer can be nerve wrecking, once the moments gone, it’s gone, no take-backsies and no re-tries. You have to suck it up, straddle the moment, dig your heels in and ride that baby until it’s knock off time. I like this photo because I’d been riding for almost four hours and I was feeling good, I gave it my all and I was proud.
I guess I don’t talk much about my work on here. Blogging about work sometimes feels like work, you know? That said I thought I’d share a few things photography related that might peak your interest. For starters, my bag. Oh, how I love my bag and I still get so many comments about it. Mine is “Libby” in grey and it’s perfect for holding everything I need. As I do a fair bit of interstate travel it’s my carry-on and can fit my gear as well as my little essentials which would normally go in a separate bag. I’m thinking of investing in a second, smaller Kelly Moore Bag for small quick trips, quite possibly the B-Hobo or the Classic I’m not sure yet.
As for what’s in my bag I’ve kept it pretty simple:
- Nikon D700 – Great Full Frame Format camera, perfect for low light conditions and perfect for my every need. Doesn’t have video but I shoot all my videos on my iPhone4 anyway. I’d only recommend buying it if you were serious about photography or you have butt loads of cash. Truth be told I got mine through Flexirent but it’s paying itself off by doing paid jobs.
- 24-70mm 2.8 Nikkor lens – ahh be still my heart. I bought the D700 body only and used the money I saved by not purchasing a kit towards buying a high quality lens that can’t be beat. This is the lens that is on my camera 24/7 it’s almost like it was made for me. I prefer zoom lenses, everyone has their preferences but I think this is worth every cent.
- 70-200mm 2.8 Tamron lens – I borrowed this for a few weeks a couple of months back and I missed it dearly so I had to buy it. I really wanted the 70-200 2.8 by Nikkor but I couldn’t afford the $3k+ price tag. The results I got from the Tamron were great so I didn’t hesitate, I needed the lens now not later. It’s perfect for runway shows, getting in amoungst crowds and sneaky documentary photos I love so much but boy it’s heavy.
- Nikon SB600 - It’s pretty low scale as far as flashes go but it does the job. My camera is so light sensitive anyway I think anything more powerful would be too much. If I do eventually get into more studio set ups I’d invest in higher powered flashes to use as slaves.
- Gary Fong Lights Sphere – I get asked about it every time I use it. It looks completely odd but it simply works. I’ve shot fashion catalogue images, portraits, party photos, conferences… it’s such a great addition to my kit that I rave about it to anyone who listens.
- Gary Fong Puffer – In some cases, lugging around a flash gun isn’t nessessary but usually I’m not familiar with the location I’m headed to so I pack my Puffer just in case. Basically it harnesses your built in pop up flash and distributes the light in a more beautiful, balanced way, even getting rid of red eye! For about $30 I think anyone who uses a DSLR pop up flash needs one pronto.
- Extreme Compact Flash Card 8GB – I have five of these which go in rotation. I prefer to use smaller GB cards so I’m forced to keep my images on multiple cards as a security measure. Every time I import images from my card onto the computer, I burn a disc of the original images before even thinking about editing them. Once that’s done I then eject the card safely and then reformat the card within the camera. It’s like a new card. I do this every single time.
While I’m in Melbourne, footloose and baby free for #pbevent I’ll also be doing photo shoots which will be fun. Just off-the-cuff shoots, soaking up the Melbourne city atmosphere, the people and the sunlight. I’ll be photographing plus size fashion model Teer Wayde, and quite possibly taking a few head shots of those travelling in for the weekend and needing head shots for their blogs and social media sites. You can still enter my competition to win a commercial portrait shoot but if you miss out please email me and I’ll let you know about a special rate.
I’m going to try and make photography a more regular segment here so please, if you have any questions or requests please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and let me know. What did you like the most about this post?