What's in my Camera Bag? | Lydia Teague Photography
My first DSLR was a Nikon d80 in 2012. It wasn't the best camera, but everyone has to start somewhere. In 2014 I upgraded to a Nikon D7000, then a D7100 in 2015. Shortly afterwards I upgraded to a Nikon D610, my first full frame camera. The lenses came over time. I started with kit lenses and my first prime was the 50mm 1.8. Sadly it stopped focusing in 2017 and I replaced it with the 50mm 1.4 and I love it.
My early work in 2012 and 2013 may not have been groundbreaking, but I love the memories that I documented for my family. Each year I create a yearbook of all the fun moments throughout the year. They don't always get made on time and I occasionally get behind. If you're interested in improving your photography check out my post on Camera Basics.
Prime Lenses are fantastic for low light conditions like inside churches where sometimes flashes aren't allowed. Zoom Lenses allow you to get closer when there are restrictions about how close you can stand during a ceremony. Wide Angle Lenses allow for large group shots in tight areas and are great for environmental portraits where beautiful landscapes surround.
Flashes are always handy to create natural portraits with a little fill flash to dramatic portraits and first dance shots. I typically use one flash on camera bounced off a ceiling or a wall and one off camera flash to create rim light and separation as in the photo below on the right. I love the flexibility it gives to be anywhere in the room catching all the action.
Using flashes outdoors has been a game changer for me. Before when it got dark, that was just the end of shooting. Even having a prime lens and ridiculously high ISOs wouldn't help in the dark. Adding a flash helps add the drama. The first photo below was taken at sunset so the colors in the sky can still be seen. Sometimes the scheduling challenges of a wedding day mean that sunset portraits are taken after the light is gone. It's up to you to create amazing images despite this. The middle photo was taken in the middle of the afternoon. It was a cloudy overcast day and the light was really flat. I wanted to give some dimension to this lovely senior in the middle photo. So I used a Magsphere just off camera to create some soft and dimensional light.
Magmods are a great set of flash modifiers. Check out their lineup if you're looking for something that is easy to transport and delivers amazing portraits.
In case you were wondering what kind of gear I currently own and take to most of my sessions, here is a list.
- Nikon d610
- Nikkor 16-35mm 4.0 Lens
- Nikkor 35mm 1.4 Lens
- Nikkor 50mm 1.4 Lens
- Nikkor 85mm 1.4 Lens
- Nikkor 105mm 2.8 Macro Lens
- Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 Lens
- Pocket Wizard IV (2)
- Nikon sb700 Flash
- Yonguo 685 Flash
- 2 light stands
- Magmod Bounce Flash
- Magmod MagSphere
- Magmod Grids and Color Gels
- Loads of AA rechargeable batteries
- Black Rapid Strap for 2 cameras