And does it matter what’s in there? You bet!
As someone who loves to document events – from weddings to protests to family reunions and everything in between – I’ve learned that yes, “gear” does make a difference in how well you’re able to tell the story of a moment.
I always shoot with two camera bodies, one with a lens that lets me capture a fuller view of the scene (we call these “wide-angle” lenses) and the other with a long (telephoto) lens that creates that dreamy portrait look we all love where the subject “pops” and the background is beautifully out-of-focus.
With the help of a trusty harness, I’ve got each of these cameras ready to go at all times which means I don’t have to waste one precious second fiddling with gear when the action happens.
This year, I let go of my beloved Nikon gear to step into the future: mirrorless! That’s why you see the camera away from my eye in the image above. Mirrorless cameras have a screen on the back that allow you to see (and I would argue, to perfect) your exposure and composition before you take the shot. They are smaller, lighter, and a joy to shoot with.
Because I photograph all kinds of events – indoor and outdoor, including some where flash isn’t permitted or appropriate – I need lenses that help me “see in the dark.” That’s why I love primes! I use a 20mm, 35mm, 85mm, and 135mm. Prime lenses are legendary for their sharpness and image quality, and help you think more creatively as an artist.