When I first started photography 12 years ago, I was hesitant to do it once and do it right. So I went with my low budget gear list. With time I sold my gear and upgraded. Of course I lost a solid 25% doing this and constantly second guessed my gear the entire time. In this short blog post I will get straight to the point tell you what gear I use and why you, as a portrait photographer should do it one and do it right.
As you guys know I’m a minimalist, my style of photography, my lighting and my collection of gear as a whole. So this list is not super long. Additionally I’ve linked to Adorama who has 0% interest financing on a hand full of their Flashpoint products allowing you to make small payments monthly.
Nikon D850 is in my opinion the best camera for a portrait photographer, it has more than enough resolution, the dynamic range in its files are revolutionary, its a quick camera and its built well.
5 in 1 reflector 48 x 72 – this reflector is large enough to make a difference when using on its white side and you can hold the top while the bottom is resting on the floor, its helps bounce nice soft light in your subjects face – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwE2rKLyXZI
Nikon 85 1.4g is the ultimate portrait lens, I’ve owned every other lens including the 200mm f2 and this 85 will always be the best, its lightweight, extremely sharp, bokeh is creamy and the most important factor is the comfortable distance it give you from your subjects.
Flashpoint Xplor 600 pro – this is the best strobe on the market, I’ve used them all folks. Anything “better” is way over priced and anything the same price or lower simply doesn’t offer nearly as much. This is a solid strobe! It’s quick, good build quality, endless features and the battery makes it super portable. The 400pro is smaller and more budget friendly but the lack of bowens mount makes it longer to setup which I’ve found cumbersome. There is a $19 adapter but this requires the use of allen key each time you want to use it. The modeling lamp on the 600 and 400 are so amazing that they can be used as a video light as well. However if you are considering the 400 and rarely shoot at full power like myself then I would just go with the much more compact 300pro that will fit into ANY camera bag, its the size of a lens! – https://youtu.be/oSHhM_Y500k
Elinchrom Rotalux 53 inch octa – this is my most used modifier, it folds and opens quick, amazing quality light, built well and I’ve used the same one for every fashion shoot for over 7 years.
Flashpoint c stand – they are priced so well I couldn’t believe it. I though there was a price mistake, just shipping these to you probably cost them 25% of the price. These things are so heavy duty you will not need sand bags, don’t waste money on any other stands. Use 2 of them with boom arms to setup a backdrop seamless roll and one for your light. They have a great deal with it in a 3 pack + case as well.
Last but not least would be my Camranger. Make sure you get the new “camranger 2” I tether to an ipad with this and it really makes a difference when cleints can see images instantly on an ipad as I shoot. BTW code “Diamond20” will save you 20 on a unit! – https://youtu.be/rj7-OniqnOs
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