Ever since buying my first DSLR in 2011, I’ve been acquiring and adding to my kit bag over the years. I’ve always been an big fan of Nikon because I find the ergonomics of their cameras just right for my hands. The front and rear control dials are a big plus for me over the Canon bodies and I’m a big fan of the Nikon glass. I’m certainly not one to worry about who uses what kit though – the constant debate of Canon vs Nikon is all a bit mind-numbing for me! Both systems have supreme quality and for me, it’s just a case of what you get on best with and more than likely, what you picked up first.
Having a background in action sports photography, I tend to carry most of my kit on my back in a Burton backpack. This normally includes 1 or 2 bodies, a couple of lenses, some filters and when needed a tripod and speedlight. I tend to pick my lenses required for the job and then leave the rest at home – preferring to travel as light as possible. Two pretty firm regulars that hardly ever leave my bag are my Nikon D810 body and Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens. These are my workhorses and for most occasions I find myself using these a huge amount of the time. Other kit is more specialist such as the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 macro lens or Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.6. These have to be two of my favourite lenses but not every occasion calls for them. I also own a set of Lastolite studio strobes (not pictured below) which I use for commercial and studio work.
The one thing that none of this kit will do though is get you the shot – it can only help capture the final moment. The before all this is is careful planning, knowing your subject, getting in position at the right time (yes, this also includes getting out of bed at some unearthly hour for the golden hour), knowing how to use everything properly and a good dose of experience. After that, a bot of luck never goes a miss!
Feel free to get in touch for advice on kit or shooting techniques and check back for upcoming reviews that I’ll be writing on some of the above kit for The Royal Photographic Society magazine.