in the bag
Throughout the day we use a variety of equipment to capture the moments and details from a creative point of view. While there is endless editing that can be done to an image once inside the computer, any knowledgeable photographer will tell you that a good image begins in the camera. The darkroom (or computer editing) is where that image is further enhanced to become a work of art.
- Nikon D700 FX (full frame) 12 megapixel body with MB-D10 vertical grip
- Nikon D7000 16 megapixel DSLR body with MB-D11 vertical grip
- Nikon D300 12 megapixel DSLR body with MB-D10 vertical grip
- Nikon D200 10 megapixel DSLR body
- Nikon D70s 6 megapixel Infrared-converted digital SLR
- Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 wide zoom
- Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 DX fisheye 180° lens for ultra-wide angles (great for tight spots and optical effects!)
- Nikon 24mm f/2.8 wide angle prime lens
- Nikon 35mm f/2 wide angle prime lens
- Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.8 D fast lenses – Eric’s favorites for candids and details in low light
- Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro – great for telephoto & closeups
- Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR AF-S telephoto zoom lens for details at a distance and those “paparazzi moments” / candids
- Nikon SB-800 speedlight flashes
- Nikon SB-24 manual speedlights
- PocketWizard Plus II and Nikon CLS Lighting control
- Sekonic L-358 meter (yes, a meter)
- 75+ gigabytes of Professional High Speed Compact Flash memory to record plenty of photographs
(We’ve never run out of room for all the great memories!)
- Apple MacBook Pro Core Duo 2.16GHz 15.4″ Notebook and Sara’s Apple MacBook 2GHz 13″ Notebook for slide shows & location work
- Mac Pro Quad Core 2.66GHz, 4GB of RAM 2.5tb of hard drive space. Rocks.
- Holga. 120 medium format or 35mm mod. Cheap. Plastic. Quirky. Art. Photos in a snap.
We think of the camera bag as our tool box. Each piece of equipment has been chosen for a specific use and the final photographic print in mind. It is not the brand name of the camera or its accessories (or number thereof) that matter when viewing your photographs, it is the quality of the print. It is not the camera model you will remember when seeing your photographs, it is the moment and its emotion that was captured by the camera.
Photography is about seeing – seeing the moment and seeing the final image while composing the photograph in the viewfinder. When looking for a photographer don’t let megapixels, media brands, or the alphabet soup of lens classes cloud your good judgment about your photographer’s work. See your photographer’s work in print and judge for yourself. Once the wedding day has come and gone the prints are the only part of the photography package you’ll see.
(speaking of) Lens Alphabet Soup
“Fast lenses” / Prime Lenses” :: These “fast” lenses (having their widest apertures of f/1.4-2.8) allow more existing light to the camera than the majority of other lenses, making sharp images possible in lower light and without a flash.
AF-S :: AF-S lenses feature a “silent wave” motor that reduces lens focusing noise and increases focusing speed. This is a great help for hushed ceremonies and catching fast action.
VR :: These lenses feature Vibration Reduction that also assists in lower existing light to produce images in natural lighting and to keep photos at a distance sharper.
DX :: lenses designed specifically for the digital SLR bodies.