During different shows I do live demonstrations showing different cameras, flashes and flash accessories. While the cameras will vary slightly, currently I am mostly using a Nikon D7000 or D700 Camera with SB-700 Speedlights or SB-900 Speedlights Flash and sometimes a SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander. The cameras and flashes are triggered in Commander mode using the iTTL capabilities of the Nikon Flash System.
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Here is the list of Photo gear used for a simple 3 Speedlight Portrait set-up using the cameras and Speedlights listed above.
1 – Photoflex 60 inch Umbrella or
1 – Black material cloth for background
1 – Rogue Grid
1 – Rogue Grid
Want to know more about lighting ? Here are a couple of resources for you.
Okay, so I am a bagoholic and everyone knows a photographer can not live with one bag alone! Each different shooting assignment requires a different set of gear and depending on the conditions you are working in a different bag to suit those needs. The bags I use come in these basic categories.
Shoulder Bags used for quick and easy access, protection and transport of cameras, lenses and other stuff that I will not be carrying over long distances and I use them for day to day assignment work.
Roller Cases got a heavy load to carry over long distances like an Airport, or lighting gear you want to roll to a location these are for you.
Backpacks – I can not live with out these and I use them when I am going to be shepherding heavy gear over varied terrain like downhill skiing assignments. They fall into two classifications for me: waterproof and water resistant.
Camera Vests – When I need to have my cameras, lenses and flashes at the ready like during an election campaign, or on a protest march I will use a vest to distribute the weight of the gear on both shoulders around my center of gravity.
Protective cases – These are either hard shells cases for traveling or padded pouches to ship lenses and other gear in.
Here are my current choices for bags, backpacks, rollers and protection.
Lowepro – If Lowepro does not have the bag you are looking for it probably does not exist!
ThinkTank – The ultimate in form, function and quality.
Domke Bags – The old standby and favorite bag of photojournalists.
Newswear – If you have to walk long distances with a moderate amount of camera gear the Newswear vest is for you.
Manfrotto – Look to Manfrotto for a tripod bag but these handy cases double as light-stand bags.
Pelican Cases – When I am looking to protect my gear in a hard shelled case to go in the bottom of a white water raft or airline cargo hold I go to my Pelican Cases.
Lightware – Well if I can’t find that just right case for the job I can always look to Lightware and see if they have what I need.
Tripods – I am a big fan of buy one great quality tripod and keep it for life. If its light weight and expensive you will probably do just that.
Light Weight (Backpacking) – Gitzo G1057 Carbon 6X
Medium Weight (Air Travel) – Gitzo Mountaineer G1228 great to carry, pack in your suitcase for travel.
Heavy Weight (The Ultimate in Support) – Gitzo Mountaineer G1348 needs a optional center column.
Ball Heads and Camera Plates – Remember to get a camera plate to match you camera/lens to the ball head of your choice.
Lens choices – At many seminars, workshops I get asked “which lenses should I be looking at when upgrading my camera system”. The answer will vary from photographer to photographer depending on their camera body (DX or FX) and they kind of photography they like to do. But there are some common lenses that keep coming up in the mix and they are listed below.
For Nikon DX Sensor Cameras
Wide Angle Nikkor = AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-16-85mm F3.5-5.6 G-ED-VR
Fast Nikkor = AF-S-NIKKOR-50mm F1.4 G
Micro Nikkor = AF-S-Micro-NIKKOR-60mm F2.8 G-ED
Telephoto Zoom Nikkor = AF-S-VR-Zoom-NIKKOR-70-300mm F4.5-5.6G-IF-ED
For Nikon FX Sensor Cameras
Wide Angle Nikkor = AF-S-NIKKOR 24-70mm F2.8 G-ED
Fast Nikkor = AF-S-NIKKOR 85mm F1.4 G
Micro Nikkor = AF-S-VR-Micro-NIKKOR 105mm F2.8 G-IF-ED
Telephoto Zoom Nikkor = AF-S-NIKKOR-70-200mm F2.8 G-ED-VR-II
Thanks very much for today. Really enjoyed the preparation you brought to the day. I spend a lot of time at conferences, and presentations, spending a lot more than we did to see you today – and I REALLY thought you “brought it” today. Looking forward to catching up with you again in the future.Paul D.
Hi Nick, Thanks for the great input. I can’t wait to take your advice, my camera with its 18-55mm lens and those Cokin filters and go shoot more landscapes! It was super of you to take the time to get me started in the right direction. I really appreciate the time you took from your busy schedule to help me. Nikon is lucky to have you as an Ambassador/Instructor and I was lucky to end up in your class! Thanks again, Lynn R.Lynn R.
Nick, I am so hugely grateful for you. One of best things I ever did was take the course with you. ShellyBShelly B
I have been trying to email you to thank you for your time that you spent in Miami at Nikon school and really appreciate your time, that’s why I said that your short clip brought tears to my eyes because I have three kids of my own and I was a traveling man just like and could identify with it all!Eddie B.
First let me say thank you for the great content and your outstanding presentaiton at the New York Nikon DSLR Color, Light & Tech program.Subhra B.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Nikon Training program yesterday at Babson College. Presentations were informative and entertaining. It was a great opportunity (as well as a 60th Birthday Gift). I got a tremendous amount of valuable information and had a great time.John L.
“Really enjoyed Nikon school this past weekend! Fabulous teacher! Very inspiring! I had a hard time going to work this morning. I wanted to go out and take pictures instead!”Lori C.
My wife and I just wanted to thank you for a great weekend at Nikon School in Sacramento, CA this past weekend. We both learned a lot, and I have been telling all my colleagues and friends about it.Neil H. & Rose S.
You were one of the instructors this past weekend at The Nikon School in Cleveland. This was the fifth Nikon School that I have attended. (two film classes, two digital classes) This was the first time you instructed one of the classes that I attended. I want you to know you are a great instructor! I really enjoyed your style of instruction. I also appreciate how you have follow up info on your web site for Nikon School students. Thanks again for a great class.Eric I.
You were witty and very informative. Your presentation drew me and the audience in and held our attention for the two day classes. There was never a dull moment. I will begin to implement all of your suggestions and I am confident I will improve and be a better photographer. Thank you.Marilyn C.