We’re living in what I consider the New Golden Age of photography and video, one unlike any other time in history. Long gone are the days when I would simply leave the house with a DSLR camera. The modern cameraman has more options these days to create still and moving images than ever before, leaving the only limitation the imagination. I generally travel pretty heavy, but when I’m forced to narrow it down, these are my essentials I pack into a bag.
DSLR Camera + Lens
My job is my passion, so in other words, when I’m not working, I’m working. I always have a DSLR on me or near me, and my camera of choice these days is the Nikon D850. This camera not only delivers a 45-megapixel file, it also films in stabilized 4K and will shoot framerates up to 120fps. It’s a workhorse, and, in my opinion, Nikon’s best camera to date. If I’m narrowing down my lenses I prefer a fast prime, like a 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.4, that delivers in any situation.
Nikon D850, $3,299.95
Tripod to Hold This Massive Lens
Whether I’m on a job for a client or simply enjoying a day out shooting, I always bring a tripod (not pictured). I really like shooting long exposures and timelapses, and a tripod is an essential tool for this. When I go light, I prefer the Manfrotto BeFree Advanced.
Manfrotto BeFree Advanced, $189.99
Aerial photography and video has only gotten more remarkable over the years—I know first hand what it was like to try and fly a drone six years ago compared to today. DJI has made it almost effortless for anyone to fly, and the cameras they are building into their drones are getting more impressive with every generation. When weight and size are an issue, I lean on the DJI Mavic Pro.
DJI Mavic Pro, $999
When it comes to video, there’s simply no alternative for me that beats the Red Epic 8k Helium—it’s my go-to camera. It’s remarkable what this camera will give you in the field and in post. From a multitude of framerates and an extremely high-resolution RAW output, this camera is the king. If I’m in pinch I’ll even lean on this camera for not only video, but pulling still files from as well.
Red Epic 8k Helium, $29,500
Travel is a big part of my job, whether I’m trying to drown out the hum of the plane or someone snoring in the hotel on a production, I love the isolation of the Bose Quitecomfort headphones when listening to music, podcasts and audio books.
Bose Quietcomfort 35, $349.99