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What is in my bag?

What is in my bag? People constantly ask me what lenses I use and what my settings are. Well as you may or may not know, settings change according to the light and the situation. In this blog I decided to just give you an idea of how I "roll" on location and in studio, let’s begin. First of all in my camera bag I have my Nikon D750, this is my main camera. It was my first full frame camera and I am in love with it! I have been using this camera for the past 3 years. I love it so much that I bought a second, once the price dropped after the Nikon D850 came on the market. If you want to check one out for yourself, here is a link where you can see what this amazing camera is about. NIKON D750 Now let’s talk lenses.

On Location Portraits: I always use the Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VRII I bought this baby 2 years ago refurbished from Nikon USA. I have never had any issues with it and every single image of mine you see outdoors is done with this lens. Below is an sample of what my settings typically are for outdoor portraits.

NIKKOR 70-200 2.8 (200mm - f/2.8 - ISO500 - 1/500S)

Traveling & Landscapes: When I am traveling and I know I will be shooting landscape or architecture photography my favorite lens is the Nikkor 16-35mm 4.0 It's perfect for landscape and wide angle shots. I usually like to pair this lens with my tripod and a shutter release depending on what type of image I am doing. Below you can see an image that was hand held and one that was taken using a tripod as well as the settings for both of the images.

NIKKOR 16-35mm 4.0 (24mm - f/8.0 - ISO400 - 1/200S)

NIKKOR 16-35 4.0 with tripod and shutter release control (29mm - f/5.6 - ISO100 - 8.0S)

In studio: My favorite is the Nikkor 85mm for headshots and sometimes for full body, if its a small child. If not, I go with my nifty fifty 50mm 1.8 or the 35mm 1.8mm. Here are few images using these lenses and the settings with them.

NIKKOR 85 1.8 (85mm - f/4.5 - ISO100 1/160S)

NIKKOR 50 1.8 (50mm - f/5.6 - ISO100 - 1/160S)

NIKKOR 35 1.8 (35mm - f/4.0 - ISO100 - 1/200S)

Macro: Last but not least my "fun" lens is the macro lens 105mm 2.8. I love this lens! Although I have not gotten around to play with it enough, it truly is a fun lens to use. Disclaimer: macro photography is not as simple as it looks but it really makes your creative juices flow. Here is a sample that I took with the macro lens and of course a link about macro photography that I have found helpful and I hope you do too. Complete Guide to Macro Photography for Beginners.

NIKKOR 105 2.8 (105 - f/13 - ISO100 - 1/160

I hope this information helps, if you have any question please feel free to ask in the comments and I will happily answer as soon as I can. The Portrait Artist is located in the United Kingdom in the Suffolk area, The Portrait Artist specializes in fine art portraiture, on location and in studio sessions for children, family, couples, maternity and more. For more information about sessions prices or one on one mentoring please contact us.

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