“Taking pictures is all about having an eye.”
Looking at objects from a different perspective is what drives my photography. To do so, I have learned to be patient and let’s not forget flexible. This list is not meant to be the answer to your questions to taking good photos. As I alluded to earlier, having patience and flexibility will deliver the best results. It’s not about having the most expensive lenses or camera. The reason for this list is because often time’s folks ask me what equipment I use or what equipment I prefer. That said, I am partial to certain brands but at the end of the day if the equipment is not reliable or can’t take a beating, chances are I will never use it again. The gear I have has proven to be both reliable and tough.
I do not find myself upgrading gear as often as most photographers do. I have my core components that always go with me on shoots. Depending on the job that I am doing, that dictates what comes along. The picture of the bag you see is what comes with me to most jobs and I am able to bring all my gear in one bag.
As I said earlier, I am partial to certain brands and Nikon is my choice of camera. I have owned Nikon cameras since as long as I can remember. My first Nikon was a Coolpix, and some of my best shots came from that little point and shoot camera. Do not misunderstand me, I am not here to tell you that other cameras are not as good, it’s just a matter of choice and the performance experience I have had with this particular brand. I am also partial to the lenses I use. Remember at the beginning I said, “Patience and flexibility” are more important that having the most expensive equipment. The gear below allows me to be creative and capture the colors, details, and expressions of the people and objects I photograph.
My philosophy has always been to blend in with the surrounding culture. You need to be comfortable and wear items that are made to last. If I am shooting sunsets, I will have my favorite flip flops (Reefs) with the beer bottle opener in the bottom. You never know when you will need to hydrate. I always have a bandana to use as head gear or a camera cleaning tool. My favorite shoes to take are the Nike free run 2 for long walks or my hiking boots. I also include some cargo shorts, army pants with lots of pockets and a few T-shirts. My friends will tell you, I’m a fashion guru but when I travel on photo shoots, I tend to be very practical and I am always looking for comfort.
Some things that can make your trip more comfortable and your shoot a success are:
As my needs and my photography evolve, so does my gear. It takes time to determine what you really need and what you can do without. My objective for putting this list together was for you to get a good idea where to start from. I sincerely hope I have been able to give a starting point and as my equipment evolves and grows, I will make changes to this list. Remember, when traveling it’s all about being prepared and comfortable. You will only have one chance to take that shot that will make the front page.