Inside My Digital camera Bag | Brian Di Croce



Howdy! My title is Brian Di Croce and I’m the founding father of Momentura Studio, a contemporary wedding ceremony images boutique based mostly in Montreal, Canada. Since 2012 I’ve largely targeted on documenting weddings from coast to coast in Canada. My fashion of images relies on the documentary strategy with a inventive twist, all of the whereas contemplating key photographic parts reminiscent of composition, emotion, and lighting. When not photographing weddings, I’m placing my software program engineering diploma to good use by writing software program for revenue. I are likely to get bored quick, so doing issues that permit me to play with my creativity helps in creating distinctive photographs for my shoppers. I beforehand used to shoot primarily with Nikon full-frame cameras (D700, D3s) nonetheless, though the gear was wonderful for photographing weddings, it was additionally fairly heavy. Any heavy tools that you just carry in your particular person for a protracted time period may cause ache in your physique, which in flip would possibly hinder your creativity. In 2018, I switched to Sony cameras and lenses, and all the things modified for good. The Sony mirrorless system is mild, fast to focus, tracks the topic’s eyes completely, and is tremendous quiet to shoot. All these benefits permit me to {photograph} full-day weddings with none undesirable ache within the neck and shoulders. Cameras Sony A7 Mark III – I carry two our bodies as a result of firstly I want a fast backup in case both malfunctions, and secondly I can shortly use two completely different focal lengths (35mm and 85mm). I really like how these small cameras weigh so little. I opted for the Sony cameras over the mirrorless Fuji ones due to the bigger capability of the batteries. I carry six batteries always to verify I by no means miss a second all through the entire day. I shoot in handbook mode and with the loopy ISO capabilities of the digital camera, I largely should mess around with the shutter velocity to shortly get a correct publicity. Lastly, the silent taking pictures mode permits me to seize solemn moments throughout the quiet elements of the day, particularly throughout the ceremony. Lenses Sony 28mm f/2 – This little man helps me to get just about anyplace on the dance ground. It’s tiny, it’s mild and it’s quick. I like this focal size once I need to seize the second inside its setting. If a 24mm is usually used for photographing landscapes and a 35mm to seize moments in a documentary trend, I consider the 28mm matches simply within the center by providing one of the best of each worlds – capturing moments whereas showcasing the setting the place they’ve occurred. Sony 35mm f/1.8 – I are likely to joke round by saying I take advantage of the 35mm 85% of the time, and the 85mm 35% of the time when photographing weddings. But it surely’s form of true in a roundabout way. The 35mm is my private favourite focal size to inform tales visually. I name it a documentary lens. This one is mild, focuses tremendous fast and can also be silent. Every time I need to inform a narrative with a picture, that is the lens I decide. Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 – Once I’m making a portrait, I’ll usually use this one. Not being thought of a wide-angle, I do know that my topic received’t be distorted when being photographed. Its low mild functionality additionally makes it a superb candidate throughout the ceremony and reception once I really feel like I’ve saturated using the 35mm and 85mm. Sony 85mm f/1.8 – That is my favourite telephoto lens in my equipment. I take advantage of it not just for portraits but in addition for documenting moments once I’m too removed from the motion. If I want that additional attain, I shortly change the APS-C mode on the Sony, which might give me a area of view nearer to 125mm. I’d lose some decision on the picture by doing that, however at 12 megapixels it’s nonetheless very usable, as my Nikon D3’s maxed out at 12 MP in any case. Sony 24-105mm f/4 – This lens will not be solely my backup for just about all the opposite lenses, however the one I take advantage of probably the most when photographing an outside ceremony. With the excessive ISO capabilities of the Sony A7iii, one might additionally use this lens for all the things, nonetheless, a sooner lens is a should when photographing low mild conditions whereas preserving a superb high quality within the picture. Sigma Artwork 135mm f/2.8 Macro – That is the most recent addition to the household. It’s additionally my first Sigma lens. The construct high quality is fairly good on this one and never too heavy. I opted for the Sigma macro lens over the Sony 90mm macro as a result of from what I might see on the evaluations, the Sony one wasn’t as sharp because the Sigma. This lens can be utilized anytime that I desire a 1:1 copy of one thing – rings, engravings, portraits, and so on. It doesn’t focus as shortly as my different lenses, but it surely produces one thing that the others can’t by being a macro lens. Lights/Triggers Sony HVL-F60RM (2x) – I take advantage of two of those flashes. They’re fairly cumbersome, however not heavy. They produce a strong punch of energy when wanted and so they don’t overheat as a lot as different fashions of flashes. I don’t have to fret about not having the ability to correctly mild a darkish reception room these days. Black paint on the ceiling? No drawback. Excessive ceilings product of darkish wooden? Convey it on! It handles all the things I want from a flash in a stellar trend. The RM sequence of Sony flashes even have a built-in radio controller that can be utilized as a transmitter and receiver as much as 30 meters. If I want an extended vary of transmission, I’ll use a pair of PowerWizard Plus III transceivers. As a bonus, this flash mannequin additionally has a built-in video mild, which is ideal so as to add only a bit of sunshine once I have to. Aputure AL-MX – That is my favourite video mild obtainable in the marketplace proper now. It’s tiny (matches in my pocket), highly effective, and comes with nice options. For instance, I can change the colour temperature of the sunshine and its brightness independently. It additionally has a booster mode which is able to enhance the brightness of the sunshine for a brief time period when wanted. It fees over a USB-C connection, so you may convey a USB battery charger ought to you have to cost it throughout the day, however with the battery of the Aputure AL-MX already being greater than sufficient, charging it may not be vital till the following wedding ceremony. Baggage/Straps Assume Tank Airport Benefit –  My present bag is a Assume Tank Airport Benefit curler case. It carries all my tools and protects it from the weather. I’ve been a Assume Tank buyer for the previous decade due to the standard of its merchandise, but in addition due to their wonderful customer support. If you happen to want additional dividers or a brand new pair of wheels, they’re all the time keen to assist and ship. Fab Straps – I take advantage of two straps of the identical mannequin, however completely different colours – one brown and one black. They’re made by Fab, which if I’m not mistaken, are handmade in Montreal. They’re slick, comfy and the leather-based simply feels good on my neck and shoulders. I want straps over a harness due to the flexibleness I’ve to increase the digital camera as excessive as my arms can go. {Hardware} & Software program Macbook Professional 13″ – I’m nonetheless utilizing this laptop computer to edit all my pictures. It’s quick, the Retina display offers me with all of the visible particulars to make correct selections when engaged on a picture, and it’s sufficiently small that I can carry it within the entrance pouch of the digital camera bag. Picture Mechanic v6 – I’ve been utilizing this software program for the previous ten years as a result of it’s the quickest means I discovered to cull hundreds of pictures from a marriage in lower than an hour or two. Beforehand, I’ve tried utilizing Lightroom to cull the photographs, but it surely wasn’t as environment friendly as Picture Mechanic. Adobe Lightroom Basic – What else can I say about Lightroom that you just may not already know? I feel it’s the de facto normal within the business for workflow administration and post-processing photographs. Adobe Photoshop – Once I have to curate a picture a bit extra, that is the software I take advantage of with a couple of of my favourite customized filters. Pictures that go to my portfolio, slideshow, or weblog are curated with Photoshop. Midland LXT-500P walkie-talkies – I’ve had this pair for nearly ten years now and so they’re simply nearly as good now as once I bought them model new. They’re a unbelievable option to talk with my couple after we’re separated by a good way. I’m not one to shout, so these come in useful once I need to give clear course to the topics with out being too loud about it. I hold one on my particular person and hand the shopper the opposite. The vary is superb too. Last Phrases Pictures is the medium that we have now to doc lives, not just for ourselves however for others. Even when these ‘others’ aren’t right here but. To have the ability to doc weddings is an honor that shouldn’t be taken evenly. As wedding ceremony photographers, we’re visible authors that get to relate the story of how two individuals come collectively and are joined as one, with the enjoyment and approval of their households and pals. All through historical past, images has been used to cease wars, I consider that wedding ceremony images can be utilized to point out the true that means of affection that may assist a future technology in understanding what it means to like, forgive and develop as a pair, as a household. I’m glad for the know-how that we now have that enables us to do that nicely, generally effortlessly, and push the inventive envelope to create photographs that may final a lifetime. | @momenturastudio