A Look At The Gear I Shoot With

The gear we choose to work with isn’t just a set of tools; it’s a vital extension of our vision and style Every camera and lens possesses its own distinct characteristics, influencing the way we capture the world around us.

Over a decade of shooting, I’ve carefully refined my gear list, forging a deeply personal connection with each piece.

As I’ve played with more gear and gotten to better understand my style, I’ve come to use different cameras and lenses selectively to capture the unique style and texture I’m going for with each shoot and shot.

Each camera and lens contributes a unique touch to my capture style, and below I share the practical and creative insights that have shaped my choices. 

Camera Bodies

For cameras, I shoot with the Sony mirrorless system

After exploring many camera systems, I have found that I feel most artistically in flow on Sony. There is something that just feels a little hyper-realistic about the final product for me and it aligns with my style and how I see the world.

Depending on the shoot, assignment, or adventure, I shoot on a combination of the Sony A7RIV (full-frame) and the A6600 (APS-C).

I love both and they both hold a special place in my photography, depending on what I’m shooting, the amount of gear space I have, and the type of assignment.

The Sony A7R IV is my go-to for commercial level assignments or when I’m shooting in a static place/.weight doesn’t matter. The camera produces huge, high-quality, and unparalleled images, is super quick, and I love the look it provides with the Sony lenses.

The Sony A6600, on the other hand, is my go-to for most travel and adventure photography. For how small it is, it is a super powerful camera, packaged in an agile and light body. This makes it the perfect camera for when I am on adventures, climbing mountains, or traveling with limited space (I try and never check bags lol).

The Sony A7RIV

The Sony A7R IV is my go-to for commercial level assignments or when I’m doing high-quality portraits or events. It produces huge, high-quality, and unparalleled images, is super fast, and the images that come out of it blow me away.

The Sony A6600

The Sony A6600, on the other hand, is my go-to for most travel and adventure photography. It is a super powerful camera, packaged in a small and light body. This makes it the perfect camera for when I am on adventures, climbing mountains, traveling with limited space (I never check bags lol), or anytime I need to pay attention to weight and space.

Lenses

When it comes to lenses, I think of them as the eye that allows the audience to see what I’m seeing. Different lenses see differently and can totally change how what I’m looking at is perceived. Each of the lenses I shoot with has it’s own character and while I have my favorites, 

When it comes to lenses, I shoot on a mixture of lenses depending on the story, set, setting, and style, as well as the camera I am using.

For the A7R IV:

I try and use my full-frame set-up as much as I can, especially if I am doing more static location shooting, such as portraits, I will use prime lenses, but a lot of what I shoot is mixed, which has me leaning towards zoom lenses.

For my full-frame set-up, my go-to lenses are:

For the A6600:

As I mentioned above, my A6600 set-up is the one I mostly use when I’m in the backcountry, climbing mountains, or have to cover dozens of kilometers and weight matters. I go with it due to it’s smaller size and weight, as well as its replacement value if something goes wrong on a mountain. I usually pair it with the following lenses:

  • 10mm-18mm, f/4 (APSC) – This is a great lens for those super wide context shots that showcase the whole of what I’m looking at.
  • 16-35mm, f4.0 (full frame) – Due to the crop in, this is a great mid-range zoom lens for the backcountry. It allows me to have enough width to capture the scene, while being able to zoom in enough to get some good storytelling shots.
  • 24-70mm, f/2.8 (full frame) – occasionally, I will rock my favorite all around lens, the 24-70mm GM lens on my A6600 crop. It works out to an effective 38mm to 112mm, which can be a great balance for getting both wide shots and zoomed-in shots when the terrain is variable.

Drones

I currently shoot all of my drone photography and videography on the DJI Mavic Air 3, having recently upgraded from the DJI Mavic Air 2S.

The Mavic Air 3 hits the Goldilocks zone for me. It’s fairly lightweight, but captures enough but big enough that it can handle higher wind situations that are common in the mountains. 

It strikes a perfect balance of weight versus quality, making it fantastic for travelling and adventures.

Also, considering most of the environments I want to drone in are quiet remote, it is always a balance between size, weight, and having the firepower to capture the shot I want.

Adventure Cameras And Gear

In addition to my primary gear, I always have a couple of trusty companions in my bag, especially when I’m out adventuring or storytelling: the Insta360 One RS and the the GoPro 11 Black.

The Insta360 One RS has a special place in my heart because its so good at capturing context and delivering truly unique shots that add depth to my storytelling.

As for the GoPro 11 Black, it’s earned its place because it is incredibly lightweight, is super durable, consistently can capture high-quality footage without much effort, and truthfully won’t break my heart if I break it (assuming I get the memory card back). I love it because I use it in pretty much any situation and be comes a silent narrator, providing valuable backstory and context to the visuals I create.

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