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Gear, Gear, & More Gear!

by Athel Rogers
March 4, 2019

Photographers have photography kits that come in all shapes, sizes, and formats. They rely on them to be workhorses that won’t fail in that critical moment when it comes time to get the shot. Have you ever wanted to know exactly what’s in all those heavy backpacks and suitcases we carry around to photoshoots? Maybe you’re a fellow photographer looking for inspiration on what the next addition to your kit should be? This post is for you! In today’s post, I’m going to let you exactly what I use and how it contributes towards creating all of my imagery.


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Cameras

Of course I have to start with one of the most important pieces of gear, the cameras! I use the Sony mirrorless system (big surprise there, huh?). Sony best suits my photographic needs for a variety of reasons, mainly because of how reliable the autofocus is and the quality of files coming out of the camera. Action shots? Low light shots? Durability? Sony is my go-to and has never let me down.

  • Sony A7RIV

  • Sony A7RIII

  • Sony A7 III

  • Sony A6000

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Lenses

Arguably the most important aspect of a camera system are the lenses. Lenses are what make professional photographers so versatile in the angles and perspectives they’re able to capture of the day. They range from the small and compact to large and heavy. A good photographer knows what lens to pull from his/her arsenal to suit the needs of the moment he/she is trying to capture. Here’s what I personally use:

  • Sony 24-70 2.8 GM

  • Sony 85mm 1.4 GM

  • Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8

  • Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art

  • Sony 85mm 1.8 FE

  • Sony 28mm f2

 

 

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Lighting

Light! It’s what photographs are. It stands to reason then that the amount, color, angle, softness, and a number of other factors all play a huge role in the end result. While most of my work is done with natural light, just like with lenses sometimes the job requires a different approach. That’s when artificial light comes in. Artificial light (commonly referred to simply as “flash”) allows me to properly light my subject(s) when the lighting conditions would be otherwise unfavorable. I also frequently use it to add impact, punch, or mood to an image I’m creating. Sometimes supplementing natural light with artificial light is just what I need to turn a good photo into a phenomenal one and when I do, here are some of the tools that come into play:

  • Flashpoint eVOLV 200 x 3

  • Godox TT600 x2

  • Godox X1T-S

  • Flashpoint R2 Pro Mark II

Conclusion

At the end of the day, gear a good photographer does not make. However, when my job is to capture moments that can never be recreated, I make it a point to carry lenses to cover any situation thrown at me and even redundant lenses because having a backup is incredibly important. The key point of my gear kit is to have the tools necessary to photograph anything regardless of space, environment, or time of day.

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