Daniel Owens Photography

Behind the Scenes: Gear

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Today we're going to take a special look inside my camera bags and some of the gear I use besides the actual cameras. 

The Bags

I've got two bags that I use most often to carry my gear. For all my digital kit, I use a Lowepro Pro Roller X200. It's a rolling suitcase-style bag big enough to hold two pro bodies and a few lenses as well as all my on-camera flashes. It even has plenty of room for all my miscellaneous gear, with see through pockets for my business cards, cables, and tech. My second bag is a Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW. I fit my medium format kit in this bag with enough space to get a few rolls of film and some lenses. Lowepro makes a great camera bag with plenty of padding  for all your equipment. 

The Lights 

I use several different strobes for lighting my subjects depending on the ambient light and the "feeling" I want to convey in my photo. I use Nikon SB-700's on my cameras for indoor lighting, making use of their TTL capabilities. TTL stands for "through the lens" and uses information from the sensor and processor of the camera to set the power output of the flash. For off camera lighting, I use the excellent Yongnuo YN 560 II's. These are great beginner flashes, but don't offer the TTL perks of my Nikons. 

For more serious lighting situations, I use Paul Buff Alien Bees. These are powered strobes that put out some serious light. They are a necessity when shooting against bright sources of light like the sun. I also have several modifiers, such as softboxes and beauty dishes, that I use to modify the shape and output of light. 

The Tech

With weddings and different photo shoots, I need to edit my pictures using software and computers. Adobe offers a great program for photographers that includes their popular Photoshop and Lightroom programs for a monthly subscription fee. My workflow puts all my photos through Lightroom for basic exposure and framing tweaks, and then into Photoshop for any heavier editing. I use an 27" iMac at home and a MacBook Pro on the go. All my photos are stored on Sandisk memory cards in the cameras and then backed up to several Seagate external drives after I shoot. 

The Film 

I shoot a wide variety of films but you'll always find a few rolls of Kodak Portra and Ilford HP5 in my bag. For instant film I use Impossible Project 600 for my Polaroid OneStep and Fuji FP-100C Professional for my Mamiya. 

Everything Else

There's a lot of other stuff in my bags, but here's some of the especially cool stuff:

  • Thinktank Pixel Pocket Rocket 
  • Giottos Medium Rocket Air Blaster
  • Lenspen 
  • XRITE Color Checker Passport 
  • PetaPixel Gray Card and Photographers Rights
  • PocketWizard Plus 3 Transceivers