Choose Your Gear
Gear is the next thing that we need to talk about which of course, I don't want to spend too much time on this because gear is, in my opinion, always secondary to the idea and that's why I want to spend so much time thinking of the idea, but gear is also important obviously, I mean, we need it and it aids us, and it's good to have what you feel is best for your work flow, so I thought that I would share my gear here with you. And this is what I use on a regular basis. So I have the Sony A7RII as my main camera body which, last time I was here I was shooting Canon, and I decided to switch, first and foremost because I have a joint disorder so it's hard to hold camera's for me for a long periods of time, I needed something small. But I also really wanted a mirrorless camera and I went with this one. I'm using a Zeiss 50mm lens, I always always use a 50mm lens. I mean, I say always, I'm not supposed to say definitive things because I always go back on it, always. But if I'm not using a 50...
I'm almost always on the 25. So I tend to just switch between those two lenses because that's what works best for my vision, my way of shooting. A tripod, always. I'm always doing self-portraits. Like I said, I have no friends, I live in a small town, I don't really know anyone, actually I literally don't know anyone and I shoot myself. So I've been on many a shoot where I forget my tripod and I've got my camera precariously balanced on a rock and it's really bad and there's water below and things could go really poorly. So always a tripod and a remote, a wireless remote. So that's my gear, and it's so simple. I know that most people will have much longer gear lists than that, but I don't, because that's what aids me the most in being able to take pictures that I love. Other options I think is really good to have for image elements. Not just like make sure you have back-up gear or a different idea but, making sure that you have alternate ideas for every single part of your image making process, which was already daunting because we were already like, oh I don't really want to come up with an idea for lighting, and for composition, and for angle, and all those things. So I don't know that I'm really recommending have another option for every single thing that you could possibly have another option for but for the main things, you know if the lighting isn't going to work out, find a different way to do it. Come up with an alternate way and see how that goes.
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