Sunday, June 24, 2007

Portrait Kit....

I carry different permutations of gear for different assignments. This is my single person portrait kit. If I know I'm shooting just one person this is all I'll bring. Basically, the camera, a wide lens (17-55), a portrait lens (85mm), some light to give me more control (Nikon SB-800, SB-28 with pocket wizards), some light stands and an umbrella or softbox.


With this setup, I can shoot a nice available light portrait outside in the shade. A dramatic portrait where I over power the sun with a little help from the Nikon speedlights. Or I can also shoot inside and get a nice studio-ish portrait with the umbrella or softbox.

All this fits in my Xtracycle. Brilliant. I don't accelerate or climb hills as fast, but I can still move at a good clip (cruising around 18mph). Which means, I can get from my apt to City Hall in about 12 minutes, or to Belmont shore in about 15 minutes and seal beach in about 25 minutes.

This particular setup I took to shoot the Garden of Eva portrait (see the entries below) which is at the border of Long Beach and Paramount. It took me about 35-40 minutes via the Los Angeles River bike trail.

3 comments:

dirtyone30 said...

Rus, great site, love the simplicity of it all, goes well with the fixy stuff. Anyhoo, just wondering which Peli case that is? I commute on a bike - motorised i'm afraid - but want a case i can strap on to the pillion, and that peli looks ideal, but i'm not sure which model it is ...

Cheers...Fraser

RussRoca said...

It is the Pelican 1450....I think they make a version with wheels...this one is without...I bought it used a few years ago but it has worked great..

dirtyone30 said...

Thanks...