I thought I'd take a blog post and show you what's inside my camera bag! I am not sure if there is a format for this so I'm just going to jump in!
I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark III. It is the sexiest thing on the planet and if you think I'm weird for saying that, you can come try it out for yourself because seriously, it's a piece of art in and of itself.
The lens that I shoot with the most is a Canon 50mm 1.2L. I love this baby because of it's versatility. I can shoot a subject fairly close and yet run back and get a nice landscape shot. The bokeh (blur of the lens around your subject) is creamier than any fine cheesecake and the sharpness is to die for.
My second favorite lens is my Canon 85mm 1.8. This lens is great for portraits because at the focal length of 85mm, your subjects look natural and distortion is minimal. The speed of this lens is amazing and the bokeh is nice and circular. The only thing I can say about this lens that I don't really like is that you have to get pretty far away from your subject in order to get a shot that is more than their shoulders and head (hence the portrait lens comment).
Another lens I own is the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM. I used this lens during a wedding day to capture the ceremony. It's great because it reaches so far and you don't need to be in everybody's business while you are capturing special moments. I rarely take this puppy on shoots other than that because it is so bulky but it's also a nice portrait lens.
Along with those three lenses, I have a couple of others. I own the 40mm 2.8 (Pancake Lens) and I love it because of its size. While it looks kind of strange attached to my camera, the small size of this lens makes it perfect for travel and street work. The last lens is my most recent addition to the family and it's a 24-70mm 2.8L. It's a great beginners lens because of it's shallow depth of field and wide range of focal length. It isn't as sharp as some of my other lenses and the wider side of the lens does tend to distort your subject a lot. Over all though, it's a great piece of glass to have in your arsenal.
Other things that I carry in my bag:
- My pelican case: I keep all of my memory cards in here. Perfect little guy that helps you stay organized.
- My flash: I have the 430EXII model. I use this puppy when light is low and I just need a little more POP! Ha! I also always have that diffuser on there. Keeps everyone looking nice.
- An external charger: Because phone batteries cannot be trusted.
- A Tide To-Go: I've never had to use it but I keep with me just in case.
- Crystals: I use these to reflect light and create cool effects on my images. (See Olivia's post on the blog for examples)
- Fake green plants: I like to keep things like this with me to create blur around my subject. And this way, I might to saving at least one plant from being killed. Ha! Maybe not.
- My Polaroid: I found this little guy at a garage sale for 10 bucks! 10 BUCKS! I was so excited. While film is crazy expensive and the colors that it takes in aren't the best, I love telling my inner hipster that I have a real Polaroid camera.
And last but not least: MY BAG!
Ha! I was in the market for a new bag, because my cheap amazon one just wasn't cutting it. It was too small, too casual and I just couldn't take it anymore. So I went online. I found the brand Ona through one of my photography idols, Jasmine Star, and was hooked ever since. I shopped around and finally found the bag I wanted. Pictured above is the Leather Union Street bag in Walnut. It is probably my favorite thing I own. At any given time, it can fit two to three lens and my camera body, my laptop and other small things. It's truly a piece of art. Now, being a perfectionist, I was super scared that the bag was going to be ruined the moment a scratch appeared. BUT, have no fear it looks even better!
I also find it quite funny that I am from ONAlaska and the bag has Ona written all over it. Kinda like a daily remind of where I came from. Ha!
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post and if you'd like to see more things like this let me know! Send me a message! Ask questions!
Until next time,