Photo Gear: “what’s in the bag?”
I have been working with Nikon gear since 1999. Starting with the Nikon F100 and slide film. In 2006 I made the switch to digital film with the Nikon D200. New oppertunities and lot’s to learn. Especially on post-processing with the computer. Because my working background is all about computers, I quickly got the hang of it. Till this day I still stick to Nikon. This because I know that the Nikon cameras are well build and have a rugged design. My previous Nikon D300 has seen rain, wind, sand, dust and snow. As a landscape photographer I wanted to work again with the normal mm of the lens. So 20mm is 20mm. More detail and contrast. This meant switching to full-frame. In 2012 I took the splunge and changed to Full Frame with a D800 body. Big investment and not only due to the body. I also had to upgrade some lenses…… But the results look great: Color, extreme detail and a bigger dynamic range.
I now have in my LowePro Phototrekker 400AW the following items.
- Nikon D800 DSLR (FX)
- Nikon AF-S 16-35 f/4.0 ED VRII
- Nikon AF-S 24-70 f/2.8 ED
- Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VRII
- Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4.0 ED
- Sigma APO 150mm f/2.8 Macro
- Nikkor TC-14eII Teleconverter
- Nikon SB-910 Speedlight
Tripod Feisol CT-3472 Carbon with a Really Right Stuff BH55 ballhead.
My Neutral Density Graduate filter set is from Lee Filters, together with the Lee Big Stopper (10 stops).
Workflow: “The Digital Darkroom”
From the RAW file to the creative image.
My point of view on working with digital images is to spend more time in the field and less time behind the computer. That’s why I try to make a good image when I’m outdoors and using less technical stuff within the digital darkroom. This said, proper post processing of your images is essential and will make them stand out more. I always shoot in RAW (NEF 14bits).
- Every camera can produce clean images; It is still the photographer and his creativity that shapes the images and in the end, makes the difference.
- You can not turn a technical bad image into a good one with image editing software; You can however turn a good image into an even better image with the editing software.
So after a day in the field, I first select and rank the images. I filter the ones I most like and start the post-processing work. The level of post-processing depends on the subject in the image. A powerful subject will have more vivid colors and contrast. A misty sunrise on a summer morning will be more smooth and gentle. When I’m done with a images, I publish them on my portfolio and write a small blog on how the image was taken.
I work with an Apple iMac 27″ (late 2013) .
- MacOS 10.10.1
- Intel i7 Core processor, 16 GB memory, 1 TB fusion drive and a 4 GB videocard
- Synology NAS 211+, 2x 2 TB (mirror)
- Adobe Lightroom 5 64bits
- Adobe Photoshop CS6
- Google/Nik Software filter collection
- SpyderPro 4 Monitor calibration
When I’m in the field I make use of the features the Apple iPad gives:
- Apple Camera Connection Kit
- Snapseed (editing)
- Filterstorm Pro (editing)
- Xtrafolio (portfolio)
This is working fine for me, so I’m more then happy.