|When I am out in the field shooting, I get these questions in this order:|
1.How far can you see with that thing?
2. Who do you work for?
3. Do you get to work on the swimsuit issue?
The first question confounds me a bit. I mean, if nothing is in your way you can see for miles on a clear day. What are they really asking? The second question is easy...Sports Illustrated. The third answer is slightly embarrassing. I have worked on two swimsuit issues. For one I shot Laird Hamilton, the famous big wave charger. The second time I shot Kelly Slater, the nine time world champion of surfing. So, yeah, I've worked the swimsuit issue....But both times I shot, um, guys. At least Kelly was teaching a swimsuit model (female) how to surf. If I hang around long enogh the fourth question is always about gear. Even if the questioner doesn't know the difference between a millimeter and an f-stop I am happy to go into some "techography" with them.
All of my field gear is Nikon. At everything I shoot I bring a few Nikon D3 bodies, a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 and a 14-24mm f2.8. At sporting events I will include the Nikon 400m f2.8, Nikon 600mm f4, maybe a fast Nikon fisheye, a couple of Nikon SB900 strobes and the Nikon right angle finder. If I need a lighter "grab" camera I'll include a Nikon D300 or Nikon D700.
Why Nikon? The gear can take the work. The files are superior to anything out there. The quality, even in low light, is flat out superior. One of my editors once told me the Nikon files shot in low light looked better than "the other guys'" files shoot during the day! 'Nuff said. The glass is second to none as well. The color is true, the contrast crisp and the sharpness, well, sharp. Because it either is or isn't. I need it to be "is."
When on the golf course I keep a set of Aquatech raincovers nearby. They have kept my gear dry in wet weather for about fifteen years now.
I pack most of my stuff around the fields of play in Lowepro bags and backpacks. They are sturdy and last forever. I've got them in a size to fit every job and travel space from roll aboards to backpacks to computer bags. I also make frequent use of their lens pouches when shipping gear.
When gear is shipped via cargo it is always packed safely in Versaflex cases. Large lens cases can carry a ton of gear and get it there and back in one piece.
All computer work is done on a Mac. I tote a 17" MacBook Pro on the road and run a dual core Mac Pro tower at the home office. Images are viewed on the Apple 30" Cinema Display.
Lighting info to come soon.