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Inside My Digital camera Bag | Jeff Wiswell

Hello! I’m Jeff Wiswell, a full-time emergency doctor and part-time portrait photographer residing in La Crosse, WI.

I had no creative expertise or curiosity till shopping for a digicam shortly earlier than finding out overseas in London as a senior in faculty about 15 years in the past. Our program was very centered on encouraging us to discover town and I discovered the very best vantage level to be from behind my lens.

This super expertise launched a love affair with journey and panorama images that continues to at the present time.

That stated, being a doctor (and the 12 years in coaching to get there) restricted my journey alternatives to a few times per 12 months. I felt like this was the one time I’d decide up my digicam and needed to re-learn my method earlier than every journey.

Across the similar time, I observed how one in all our surgical attendings was in a position to seize unbelievable photographs of his youngsters in a approach I’d by no means seen earlier than. Between lovely lighting and coloration, these images wowed me with their sense of emotion. At that time, I made it my mission to do the identical sooner or later.

Upon studying we have been having our first baby, I threw myself into studying lighting and portraiture. I now discover myself continually analyzing a scene to determine how I can stability the ambient with off-camera flash for distinctive exposures.

After discovering how a lot I loved capturing moments with daring and colourful lighting, I made a decision to launch a aspect enterprise out of my love for portraits.


I’m now on my fifth Canon digicam and I discover they hold getting higher and higher.

Canon EOS R5 – I’ve had this for just a few months and have been amazed by its greatness. Specifically, I believe the attention monitoring autofocus is a recreation changer for portraits, particularly with small youngsters. I virtually by no means see blurry images in post-processing due to how great this method performs.

Canon R – I hold this as a backup and second digicam after I need to keep away from switching lenses. I discover the autofocus to be missing for shifting topics however the picture high quality is great for journey and panorama images.

With each of those cameras, I discover the swiveling display indispensable when attempting to get low angles for a singular vantage level.


Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L – The extremely huge zoom is my go-to lens for cityscape and panorama images the place I need to make the scene the topic.

When touring, I carry this and a 70-200mm, however I shoot a 15-35mm about 80% of the time (beforehand used the Canon L EF 16-35mm f/4.0 however switched just lately to get a greater aperture for astrophotography). Nice images give the viewer a singular perspective, which is one thing this focal vary does exceptionally nicely.

Canon RF 28-75mm f/2.0L – For the overwhelming majority of kid and household portraits, this lens supplies an incredible stability between a large sufficient focal size and the power to isolate the background considerably.

Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L – I’m in love with how small and light-weight this lens is in comparison with every other f/2.8 in the marketplace. I exploit this for journey, panorama, and portraits. With portraits, the topic isolation is gorgeous and it’s the right lens for conserving your distance.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II – I acquired this lens for an Iceland journey just a few years in the past and don’t use it fairly often however discover it extremely high-yield after I put it on my digicam. I’ve used this for wildlife (owls, foxes, and so forth) and sports activities/motion images like water-skiing.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS – Macro lens which I actually use very occasionally.

Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fish-Eye – I don’t use this one a lot both, nevertheless it’s nonetheless relatively enjoyable to have.


Flashpoint Zoom Li-in R2 TTL Speedlight x2 – I exploit the AD200s most frequently however sometimes use these after I want just a few further lights.

Flashpoint eVOLVE 200 (aka Godox AD200) x2 – These are my most regularly used flashes. They’re about the identical measurement as a regular flash however pack a considerably extra quantity of energy, particularly in tandem.

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 – I primarily purchased this as a studio gentle when simply getting began. I exploit this when attempting to overpower the solar and am actually grateful for its glorious battery energy.

Flashpoint R2 Professional set off – Easy, low-cost, straightforward to see all the pieces on display, and dependable for a set off.

Magmod Magsphere – I exploit this in all probability 40% of the time on one of many AD200s, normally with a gel and grid.

Magmod Magbox – I exploit this more often than not with the main focus diffuser. I like that I can add gels on to it from the aspect.


Black Speedy strap – It’s simply so good and cozy whereas being actually handy.


Gitzo GT1541T – It wasn’t low-cost nevertheless it’s gentle and reliable. It’s been to about 10 international locations in 10 years and nonetheless in nice form. I’ve additionally used it to carry a laser stage for development tasks and it reveals no indicators of breaking down.

Actually Proper Stuff BH-30 with a quick-release clamp – Strong ball head. I like the short launch clamp and L-brackets.

Platypod Max – I believed these have been a gimmick as a result of they give the impression of being so easy, nevertheless it’s superb how a lot of a singular perspective you get taking photographs from near the bottom. I’ve additionally used it in European church buildings and cities that forbid tripods.

{Hardware} & Software program

Apple MacBook Professional 2019 – related to an exterior monitor.

Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop – Not a lot to say, the gold customary.

Skylum Aurora HDR – I exploit this for nearly all my journey/panorama images. I shoot all these bracketed by +2 and -2 stops after which the software program blends the three photographs collectively.

Skylum Luminar – I don’t use this as a lot, however generally it offers the pop that I’m in search of if I can’t get it fairly proper in Lightroom. I additionally sometimes use it for sky alternative (information here).


Lensball – I discover that these can add an fascinating component to a scene.

DJI Mavic Air 2 – I like the view from the air.

Ultimate Phrases

I realized this late however investing in images training is actually much more worthwhile than shopping for higher gear. |

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