My Photography Equipment | NJ Portrait, Event & Wedding Photographer
I wanted to create a blogpost that lists all of my photography business equipment that is used on a day to day basis so current & future clients can sit easier knowing that I have lots of equipment and that I have backups of anything that I would need to do & complete a job. It is very important to know that the professional photographer that you are hiring for your once in a lifetime event will have everything they need and backup of anything that they need to be able to perform the job without any doubts.
All of my equipment is Nikon brand. I do not use any lenses or batteries that are not Nikon brand.
Camera Bodies ~ I have a Nikon D4 & 2 Nikon D700s. They are all full-frame professional quality cameras. The D4 for can shoot at up to 11 frames per second & the D700s shoot up to 8 frames per second with the optional MB-D10 Multi-power Battery Packs that I use. The Nikon D4 & D700 models a very popular model for professionals in our industry. They are my babies. 🙂
Prime lenses ~ I have always steered myself towards prime lenses, which mean they have a fixed focal length and can not be zoomed in & out. They take excellent quality images but constrain your focal length which means that you have to zoom in and out with your legs 🙂 My prime lenses are 20mm 2.8, 50mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 & 105mm 2.8 Macro. A macro lens is what you use to photograph details & things that you want to appear larger with more detail. Rings, bugs, reflections, etc…
Zoom lenses ~ I did not use a zoom lens until my 3rd year in business. I purchased a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VRII to be used mainly for weddings where I do not want to get too close during the ceremony. It is very important to have a lens like this in your bag. It gives you much more versatility without begin obtrusive. My second zoom is a new lens to my collection, the 24-70mm 2.8. I purchased this lens mainly for receptions & working within a small space. I noticed over the last 2 wedding seasons that my 20mm was almost too wide for dancing shots and my 50mm was not wide enough. I also read that many photographers like this focal length for newborn/baby studio portraits and I am looking to expand that part of my business very soon when my new studio is built this summer.
Flashes ~ I use all Nikon SB900s. I love these flashes. They do tend to overheat sometimes, so I use a battery pack that plugs into them to relieve some battery strain but they are wonderful flashes. I have 3 of them. If I am at a dimly lit wedding, I will use one on each camera body, but if I am in a reception, I use 1 on a camera and I use 2 on tripods in the corners of the dance floor, usually where the speakers are placed for the band or DJ. These flashes will help me light up the dance floor for your pictures. They create nice rim lighting around heads and help give the image dimension in a crowd of people. There are a few creative things that I like to do with the lights throughout a reception to give you a variety of creative & artistic, stunning images.
Radio Controls ~ On the flashes are radio triggers called Pocket Wizards. I also have 3 of these. These are what I use to signal the lights to flash when I take a picture with the camera. During evening receptions, I usually take the bride and groom outside for a nighttime shot. During this time, I will use the flashes and radio triggers to manipulate the light behind or next to the couple. This will create some wonderful effects for your images.
This is all of the main equipment that I use on a day to day basis. I also have studio equipment that I will discuss on my blog at another time. For now, rest easier knowing that if a camera, lens, flash or radio trigger stops working or gives me an error message for some reason, I have the necessary backup equipment and will not have a problem putting down faulty equipment and picking something else up to continue on.