As a professional photographer I’m always getting asked what gear I use.
Personally I prefer lighter gear to heavy gear so you’ll see that reflected here. Below are some highlights of gear I love and use.
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This is a great body for shooting both stills and video. What really sold me on this body was the touch screen video focus tracking and 20.2MP Duel Pixel Sensor.
A wide angle zoom is a lens I can’t live without. The Canon 17-40mm is a good workhorse lens and at F4 works well in most lighting situations.
The Canon 16-35mm is a lens you’ll find in the camera bags of a lot of working journalists. It’s a go to lens for many working photographers.
Right now I’m really into mirrorless cameras. I love them for the large APS-C sensors but light weight. The a6000 I dig because it has an electronic viewfinder and lightweight design.
I bought the Sony 70-300mm e-mount lens for a trip to Iceland and I love it. On the a6000 or a6500 bodies it’s a 105-450mm (35mm equivalent) which was great for wildlife photography.
Everyone should have at least one fast portrait lens. I prefer something around 85mm (35mm equivalent). The 50mm on the a6000 or a6500 bodies it’s in that ballpark.
Think Tank makes a lot of great bags. I use the City Walker 30 as my traveling bag. It holds a good amount of gear, including my laptop and fits under an airline seat.
My Domke Satchel is about 25 years old and still going. I like it for it’s low profile. Great for walking around town and enough room for my mirrorless kit with three lens.
I always have a solid mini-tripod in all of my camera bags. I like the solid design of the Manfrotto and the ball head. I’ve used it with my mirrorless gear a lot.
There are a lot of great SD cards out there. The brand that I use is Sandisk. I&srquo've had good luck and performance out of them for many years.
I like having a clear filter on my lens to protect the front glass from dirt, scratches, and sand. B+W is my favorite filter maker and ones I use on my lens.
If you’re going to use a filter use a quality filter like B+W. For video work or to get slow shutter speeds shooting waterfalls a good Neutral Density filter is the thing.
I have worked with a lot of great storytellers over the years, including other photographers, filmmakers, writers, editors, podcasters, and painters. They can be great resources.
Award winning Writer/Director Brian McDonald has written some of the best books on storytelling. His book Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate is a must read for anyone wanting insight to storytelling structure. Also check out his blog Invisible Ink.
Check out the multi-faceted art and paintings of artist Jeff Mihalyo. Jeff is guided by a system of symbolic and narrative compositions in his artwork.
Writer/Director Kris Kristensen of the multi-media production company Scotopia Pictures. Kris is an award winning filmmaker, who has worked in both long and short form, as well as narrative and non-fiction.
I worked on, and shot the cover, of the award winning short film White Face with Writer/Director Brian McDonald and DP/Editor Kris Kristensen. White Face is a serious comedy about racism and played on HBO for a year. It has also been used in diversity trainings across the nation.
I am curious by nature. It’s part of what makes me a good storyteller. Here are some other interests of mine.
I live in Seattle, so it’s an occupational hazard to be into coffee. Recently I am into hand grinding my coffee fresh. One of the coolest things about this grinder is that the adjustment ring was inspired by the f-stop ring on camera lens.
The Aeropress is a cool addition to coffee culture. It beats the pants off my old French Press, which is now gathering dust. And it is fun to boot.