Pelican 1510

I am sharing what’s in my bag here. Students and followers who want to pick up photography but have no clues in what gears they should have, can consider that as a reference. Please note that different photographers may have their own choices on the gears. My view is more to have gears that suit your need.

Pelican 1510

The Pelican 1510 is my case that I carry along all the time

Camera

SONY A7/A7R/A7II

Yes, I am owning all these 3 cameras. Instead of introducing them to use individually, I bundle them together. Roughly speaking, I think mirrorless camera (DSLM) are really handy in terms of the following few things

– Smaller body size
– Digital view finder giving you a real time preview of the final image

SONY has done a great job on these cameras. The dynamic range of the sensor is really good. Most of the time you don’t have to take multiple pictures in order to create a HDR. It is using the E-mount lens which means it also compatible with my smaller camera SONY NEX-3N.

SONY A7 Line-up

SONY A7 Line-up

 

SONY NEX-3N

SONY NEX-3N

SONY NEX-3N

I owned this for a few years. it is very small and with a stylish design. Of course, I am not using this for professional shooting. But I am using this to do snapshot on things and have them imported to my Mac for design project. Sometimes you just want to add some daily objects in your poster but you don’t want to pay for stock image. This camera will save you lots of money.

Lens

I am currently using the lens below, my review coming soon, 🙂

SONY SEL1018 E 10-18mm F4
SONY SEL1635Z Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
SONY SEL2470Z Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS
SONY SEL70200G FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS
SONY SELF5518Z Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA
SONY SEL30M35 E 30mm F3.5 Macro
SONY SEL90M28G FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS

Lighting

There is a saying that a good photographer should know how to create the light that ultimately create the images. The below are lighting equipment that I love.

SONY HVL-60M

Since I am with SONY, so it makes perfect sense for me to own a SONY flash. It just works with the camera like charm. This one has a GN 60, which gives me enough power for most of the outdoor shooting scenarios.

SONY HVL-F60M External Flash

SONY HVL-F60M External Flash

 

SONY HVL-43M

Another flash with a smaller GN. I use this together with SONY HVL-60M some time to create a bit complex lighting. And I also use this instead of the SONY HVL-60M some time as it is lighter.

SONY HVL-43M External Flash

SONY HVL-43M External Flash

Phottix Odin Trigger/Receiver

Phottix Odin Trigger & Receiver

Phottix Odin Trigger & Receiver

I know there are other brands producing this type of wireless trigger/receiver, and there are different models too. I am satisfied with this one as they give me control about the power/zoom for multiple flash in the trigger. So I don’t have to walk back and forth to set each flash manually during shooting. They also support TTL so are quite handy indeed.

Audio

I mainly focus on photography but I do videography sometimes too. People often pay attention on the lens, lighting etc when they do photography and videography, but audio is also something that is very important. Audio is another dimension in videography and below are the microphone I have in my bag.

Rode Videomic GO

Apart from the friendly price tag, this mic is lightweight, simple. It draws power from the 3.5mm audio input jack on the camera and doesn’t require any battery. You can literally plug and “go” with this mic. This is a unidirectional mic so it works well if you are capturing people talking in front of the camera. The Rycote Lyre suspension system effectively reduce the noise caused by camera body shake, it comes with the mic for free. If you are looking for a simple solution for audio quality in DSLR videography, this is your choice.

Rode VideoMic Go

Rode VideoMic Go

SONY ECM W1M bluetooth microphone

As you know from above, I am a big fan of the SONY mirrorless system. So getting an external mic that works well with SONY makes more sense. This SONY bluetooth condenser mic works really with your SONY A7 series camera, just mount that on to the SONY new MI hot shoes and off you go. No external audio cable is required. The whole thing is very light, and is mainly for me to capture voice when the model is far away from the camera.

SONY ECM W1M Bluetooth Mic

SONY ECM W1M Bluetooth Mic

Softwares

Software plays a very important part in the workflow. I saw some students just spending tones of money on gears, but negating the software sides. Nowadays, with the advance of technology, post processing part should be treated as important as the pre processing part. Check out these list of digital tools that I am actively using

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is not only photoshop, it is a bundle of softwares developed by Adobe. Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Premier Pro are just some of them. They also include more mobile apps these days so to allow a mobile workflow. I personally love these softwares, I cannot finish my work without them. This is a must have.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud

JPEG Mini

JPEG Mini Pro

JPEG Mini Pro

I have heard this tool a few years ago but have only started using it since 2015. That’s when my iCloud photo library is getting out of space. My original intention is to have this software to reduce the size of my JPEG with no scarification in quality. It turns out working pretty well. Now I am using that to reduce the photo file size to my client and the images on my site. You may think that nowadays harddisk is cheap, so you don’t bother doing this. But consider if you have a smaller website, faster browsing speed will give your audience a better experience. And your will stand out in google ranking as well. That’s part of the SEO.

Google Nik Collection

I am not really using this frequently, but I find that handy sometimes. With bunch of one click effect and also precise control point that helps you to create accurate mask, it is indeed professional grade image editing softwares. You can also apply multiple effects on a picture like layers in photoshop.