Arno de Bruijn Tips & Gear  | Off-Camera Flash + MagMod | Gear & Creative Photography Tips

My Gear

What's in my Camera Bag?

I’ve been working as a wedding & portrait photographer for more than 15 years, so I get a lot of questions about what kind of photography gear and tools I use. So let's take a peek inside my camera trolley in the gear section of this page. So basically my basic set that we take with us everywhere we go when we are going to shoot a wedding or portrait session.

If you’re simply interested in learning how to #BeCreative in any situation or environment, interested in all the gear, tools, and creative tricks we use for creating images make sure to check my workshops.


Books & E-Learning

Learn to control Off-Camera Flash & Creative Light

Lots of photographers find it hard to use a speedlight and therefore rather leave the speedlights in their bags. Did you know that there are endless possibilities and that there is a lot of creativity out there if you start using your speedlights?

Yes, you can! Learn to control Off-Camera Flash + MagMod like a boss! We can help you and we’ll teach you everything you need to know to become more creative. We’ll teach you the process behind creative images, from how to convert an ordinary environment into something awesome.


The Gear We Use

There is no photographer without gear, but what photography gear do you really need to #BeCreative? As a photographer and educators, we get a lot of questions about our favorite gear we use.

On this gear page, we have listed all our favorite and important photography gear for you. We will also regularly share tips & tricks about gear, but also New Creative Off-Camera Light Tricks. So don't forget to add this page to your favorites ⚑️

Keep in mind that I don’t pack everything on this gear list in my camera trolley all the time, instead, I pack according to each wedding or portrait shoot.

Important note!
Although I am supported by various brands, as a creative artist, I have the freedom to work independently with other brands, and equipment. It doesn't matter which camera brand you shoot with or which brand of speedlights you use.

There are always more options and brands to make beautiful images. It's all about how you use your equipment as a photographer and the creative process to achieve awesome images. I enjoy working with it. That's what it's about!

MagMod // Magnetic Modifiers

Fast, Easy, and Awesome Off-Camera Flash Modifiers

MagMod is a revolutionary universal magnetic flash modifier system that makes Flash Photography fast, easy, & awesome! MagMod II modifiers are optimized for round-head flashes, up to 40% lighter, and stronger magnetic attachment, and the completely redesigned MagMod Pro Gels are faster than ever!

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πŸ‘‰ MagMod: MagSphere
Omni-directional diffuser for soft light

πŸ‘‰ MagMod: MagGrip
Flexible silicone holder with universal fit

πŸ‘‰ MagMod: MagGrid
Grid for total light and color control


πŸ‘‰ MagMod Pro Correction Gels
Balancing the flash's color temperature

πŸ‘‰ MagMod Pro Creative Gels
Add dramatic pop of creative color  

πŸ‘‰ MagMod Pro Artistic Gels
Balance challenging light situations


πŸ‘‰ MagBox Pro 24 Octa Softbox
Soft Light, the magnetic MagMod way

πŸ‘‰ MagBox Pro 36 Strip Softbox
The most awesome strip softbox

πŸ‘‰ MagBox Pro 42 Strip Softbox
If you love soft light, you’ll love this


πŸ‘‰ MagMod MagRing II
Magnetic speedring for larger modifiers

πŸ‘‰ MagMod MagSnoot II
Control the light with 4 beam patterns 

πŸ‘‰ MagBox MagShoe II
The best universal cold shoe bracket


πŸ‘‰ Professional Strobe Kit XL
Magnetic XL Reflector kit for strobes

πŸ‘‰ MagMod Artistic Dome Gels
Artistic Color Dome Gels for strobes

πŸ‘‰ MagMod Creative Dome Gels
Creative Color Dome Gels for strobes


Profoto // Lighting & Modifiers

The world of lightshaping

πŸ‘‰ Profoto Speedlights - Studiostrobes - Lightshaping Modifiers

Profoto is the World-leading Brand in Photography Lighting and Photo Equipment. Starting light shaping is simple:

Choose a remote, and connect with a speedlight or studio strobe to trigger the light from your camera. Choose the light shaping modifier, and you are now ready to practice with light shaping and create awesome images.

πŸ‘‰ Air Remote TTL
AirTTL / HSS remote

πŸ‘‰ OCF Clic Softbox
Fast & Soft light

πŸ‘‰ Profoto B10X
Portable studiostrobe

πŸ‘‰ OCF Beauty Dish
Indirect soft light

πŸ‘‰ White Umbrella
Fast & Easy umbrella


Camera // Lenses 

Which cameras do we use?

We have been working with Canon EOS/EOS-R professional cameras for years and we love it! High-quality built, and a perfect dynamic range, but as a well-known saying: The camera does not take a good photo, but the photographer!

πŸ‘‰ Canon R6 // Mark II
The R6 is a full-frame system camera

πŸ‘‰ Canon RF L 24-70mm F/2.8 IS
A zoom lens of superb quality

πŸ‘‰ Canon RF L 50mm F/1.2L
The F/1.2 is an extremely sharp lens


#BeCreative Book

Creative Light & Dynamic MagMod Techniques + Lightrecipes

Posing - Creative Light recipes - Tips & Tricks - 196 pages

Teaches you about light directions, and creative techniques using Off-Camera Flash and other lights. For starting and experienced photographers. Arno is always searching for beautiful, and creative light and shooting what it feels like. This book explains all the creative tricks with Off-Camera light, light shapers, and MagMod. Never stop learning⚑️

 


Budget speedlights & pocket studiostrobes 

After my transition as an ambassador for Profoto, I was supported by Godox for years. It's the budget brand for speedlights and is used by both semi-pro and pro photographers. Of course, there is a quality difference between Profoto and Godox and the reload time of a Profoto A10 is much better, but not everyone has the budget for this and Godox is a good solution for this.

πŸ‘‰ Godox/Flashpoint V850III
Manual Speedlight for every brand

πŸ‘‰ Godox/Flashpoint AD200
Pocket StudioStrobe for every brand

πŸ‘‰ Godox/Flashpoint X2T Trigger
Trigger fot Godox speedlights


Dedolight LED & V-Flat

Bring Hollywood to your photoshoot

Dedolights are focusable and give a "clean beam of light" and are ideal for creative photography. Dedolight also supplies various color filters, effect filters and lenses that make the creative possibilities almost endless. Dedolights are of the highest quality and do not fade in color or light output and are widely used in Hollywood productions.

The V-Flat can be folded into a handy size of approximately 100 cm x 100 cm and weighs only 3 kg. V-Flats are used as fill light, block and absorb light, bounce light, and possibly as a background during photography and video shoots.

πŸ‘‰ DedoLight Ledzilla
Portable & focusable LED light

πŸ‘‰ V-Flat
Black & White flat, and foldable boards

πŸ‘‰ DedoLight DLED2 LED spotlight
Portable, focusable, BI-Color LED light


Lightstands

Lightweight tripods & grips

We use lightweight travel tripods with 3 leg segments because this gives more stability. Because we often work at destination weddings/shoots, and on uneven surfaces, we work with the Carbon Fotopro tripods with a special extension system. For photo shoots in difficult places such as a shower room, we use a Clip Clamp to attach our strobes.

πŸ‘‰ Fotopro TR-01 Carbon Stands 
5-section carbon fiber light tripod

πŸ‘‰ MagBox MagShoe II
The best universal cold shoe bracket

πŸ‘‰ Large OCF Flash Clip Clamp
Clip Clamp with ball head shoe Mount


Camera Bags & Accessories

The Think Tank photo bags that travel with us

Think Tank offers an extensive range of bags. We have enjoyed using Think Tank products for years because Think Tank bags are designed to meet the needs of photographers. A Think Tank camera bag makes it easier to efficiently organize your cameras and equipment and therefore work more productively and travel easier.

πŸ‘‰ XXL Think Tank Trolley
Our big wedding photo trolley

πŸ‘‰ Think Tank carry-on trolley
The inflight carry-on trolley fits always

πŸ‘‰ Medium photo bag (under seat)
Ideal for fast and on-the-go travel


Accessories

Super handy photography accessories

πŸ‘‰ DJI Mavic Mini 3 Pro Drone
Lightweight and Foldable Camera Drone

πŸ‘‰ CameraBag Light
Light up your camera bag in the dark

πŸ‘‰ OP/Tech USA camera straps
The best universal camera straps


Hybride Back-ups

Our fast and secure hybrid backup system ☁️

You just did a beautiful and valuable wedding or photoshoot, but how can you safely back it up in a hybrid way? (accessible anytime and with any system) We have a 3-step system for this: The first step is to put all photos on two memory cards by using the duo-slots on our cameras, one of these memory cards goes into the safe.

The second step is to back up all RAWs to an external SSD HD that also goes into the safe. Our lightroom catalog is also stored on a second external SSD so that we can always disconnect it from the system. The third step is our cloud storage, so that all RAWs, edits, exports, and lightroom catalogs are safely in the cloud!

πŸ‘‰ Seagate Mobile SSD 2T
External SSD Portable/Mobile drives

πŸ‘‰ BackBlaze Cloud Storage
The best unlimited storage in the cloud

Brand Ambassador & Powered by:

#BeCreative Studio & Academy is powered by: FotoPro Lightstands - Profoto - Disnet - Canon - FloriColor - Colorwood - Dedolight - OP/Tech USA - MagMod - FilterPixel AI Editing

"By sharing our passion and knowledge, we make the creative world and ourselves better"