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Inside My Digicam Bag | Aimee Glucina

When folks say “You are taking such nice pictures, what digicam do you might have?”, I’ve all the time likened that to asking somebody that brings a fantastic cake to a celebration which oven they baked it in. To me, it’s not simply in regards to the gear.

Certain the gear must be working properly and able to taking a pointy picture, however we don’t oooh and ahhh over the perfect pictures on the earth just because they’re tack sharp, can we?

It’s the artistic use of sunshine, color and composition. And above all, it’s the storytelling. Story trumps all. However nice gear certain does assist…

I’m a life-style photographer and educator residing in Auckland, New Zealand. Once I’m not photographing my very own uncooperative, comically dressed brood, I’m capturing authentically lovely tales for different households and types.

I’m a agency believer that there’s magnificence within the small, actual moments of connection. In order that’s what I attempt to present in all of my pictures.

I shoot on a Nikon D750 – it’s been superb to me. I’m additionally a first-rate lens lady at coronary heart. My 35mm Tamron f/1.8 is my go-to lens. I really like Tamron lenses as a result of they provide distinctive high quality at an inexpensive value.

I take advantage of pure gentle 99.9% of the time (though, if Profoto wished to shout me a B10 that would change!).

When out adventuring I journey gentle utilizing a Herringbone backpack. It has saved my again and shoulders in comparison with the heavy leather-based shoulder bag I used to haul round.

For in-home or on-location shopper work, I carry all the things else in my ThinkTank Airport Airstream curler. I LOVE that bag! Not least as a result of it makes me really feel like a pilot reporting for responsibility.

I’ve a good quantity of drugs that I don’t actually use a lot, and some treasured items that I’d be misplaced with out. Right here’s my most continuously used gear.


Nikon D750 – I really like Nikon for his or her reliability and fairly actually, nothing else feels proper to me. I’m not fairly able to go mirrorless but, so my subsequent transfer will seemingly be the D780.

GoPro Hero 7 Black – I really like that this little man lets me get within the water with my youngsters. Works finest outside with ample gentle and close to to the floor of the water. I additionally love that it’s sturdy construct and tiny dimension means I can throw it in my pocket and really feel assured letting the children use it to {photograph} themselves. I bought a twin charger, a number of spare batteries as a result of these cameras chew by the battery tremendous fast.


Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD – Simply my most used and most cherished lens. Finest for in-home taking pictures. It’s tremendous quick, sharp and a large sufficient lens to work in quite a lot of tight areas.

Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD – Used sparingly for portrait work and outside scenes. I really like the compression however discover it operates finest between about f/2.8 and 4.

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 – A shopper shoot workhorse! If I’m headed out and solely need to take one lens, it’s this one for the power to get good vast storytelling angles in addition to portraits. I want it had a wider max aperture, however no less than it should do 2.8 by the entire vary.

Nikon 50mm f/1.4 – I take advantage of this lens sometimes. Principally for portrait work when I’ve to do headshots in comparatively tight areas. It’s crisp and tremendous gentle, however I simply by no means actually really feel just like the 50mm focal size fits my storytelling model. So it doesn’t get out a lot.

Lensbaby Edge 35mm with Composer Professional package – A comparatively new addition to my package. One thing I purchased simply as a artistic toy.

PolarPro 50/50 dome and buoyant deal with – Above and under pictures look superior with this dome supplied it’s been wiped down with water repellant first.


Nikon SB-700 Speedlight – Used solely when actually, completely no pure gentle is offered. I’ll use this on digicam and bounce the sunshine off a ceiling or window.

A 32″ 5-in-1 reflector and a DIY scrim.


Assume Tank Airport Airstream Curler (I feel it’s been changed by this newer mannequin which incorporates the Laptop computer Pocket). I really like the capability and safety of those compact curler baggage.

Herringbone digicam backpack – I really like this light-weight canvas backpack with inner padding. I additionally bought a rainproof cowl for it from a tramping retailer.

{Hardware} & Software program

Lenspen & DigiKlear Pen – By no means depart dwelling with out these and a few microfibre lens cloths for preserving my gear clear and dirt free.

Apple 27″ iMac – I’m in all probability one of many few photographers who doesn’t work portably!

Wacom Intuos Professional – I can’t edit with a mouse or a trackpad. I take advantage of my Wacom pad and pen for all the things.

Seagate 2TB or 4TB exterior exhausting drives – For saving LR catalogs and exported shopper information.

My favorite SD playing cards are both Lexar Skilled or Sandisk Excessive Professional 170 MB/s 128 GB.


My MiGoals Aim Digger planner, eating regimen coke and Whittakers darkish chocolate preserve me motivated and on job.

Each certainly one of my digicam baggage accommodates a small first support package stocked with plasters, sanitising wipes, hair ties and tissues. You by no means know what you may want photographing kids!

When taking pictures shopper work, I additionally are inclined to put on a white t-shirt. It’s yet one more factor to mirror gentle.

Not pictured listed here are my backdrop stand (for headshots & portraits), a cabinet filled with new child wraps and blankets and a small part of my pantry devoted to styling props for once I really feel fanciful about meals images.

Keep in mind, irrespective of the gear, your finest and most essential device is your artistic eye (I didn’t embrace an image of that right here as a result of ew). Belief your intestine. Search for storytelling components and love the gear that lets you carry that imaginative and prescient to life. | @aimeeglucinaphotography

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