I have had several people ask me which lenses and camera body I use, so I thought I would share in a blog post.
I never had to make the choice about which brand I would use because I married into Nikon. It just seemed silly to start getting equipment that wasn’t compatible with Dan’s. So, it looks like I’m a Nikon girl!
My current camera body is the Nikon D700 (I took this image with my first camera body, which was the Nikon D80):
My favorite portrait lens that I have is the Nikon 85mm 1.8. I LOVE this lens because it is super sharp, has gorgeous bokeh, and, in my opinion, creates the perfect amount of compression for closer portrait shots. (I have tested the 85 1.4, but it focused so slowly and I honestly liked my 85 1.8 images better. This was a relief because now I don’t feel the need to spend an additional $1100 on the 1.4! I was curious what others thought about the 1.8 in comparison to the 1.4 and Niel van Niekerk does a nice comparison blog entry here.)
While I prefer the 85, I also love my Nikon 50mm 1.4D, especially if I’m in too tight of a space to use my 85.
My current macro lens is the Sigma 50mm 2.8. This lens has been good to us (it was Dan’s first non-kit lens), but I plan to upgrade to the Nikon 105mm macro soon. The 105 will allow me to be a further distance from the subject (i.e. wedding ring) so that I can use creative lighting and achieve sharp images with different angles in general. Here is the Sigma 50 2.8:
My speedlight is the Nikon SB-910. I love this flash and I have never had it overheat!
When using off-camera flash, I rely heavily on this Seconic L-358 light meter. It takes away the guesswork and helps me to cut down the time it takes me to get the shots I want. This is especially helpful during weddings when we have limited time for portraits!
For white balance, I really love the Expodisc! It basically turns your camera into an incident meter. It is super easy to use and it helps me cut down on post-processing time because the white balance is always spot on. You just have to remember to re-set the balance each time the light changes.
Something I NEVER go to a photo shoot without is a reflector. I have the Wescott 5-in-1, but I also use pieces of polystyrene that I got a Home Depot. They are usually used for home insulation, but they are perfect reflectors. They are white on one side and silver on the other and I LOVE them! They are what I use the most when I am lighting a subject. In fact, in my little in-home studio, the reflectors are the only things I use aside from natural window light. Here are some examples:
I still have some other lenses I would like to add to my collection one day, including the Nikon 10-24, but I have a feeling I will be adding to my lens collection for the rest of my life!
Nikki Closser, Seattle Wedding Photographer, Glamour Portrait Photographer