Tips - Learning - 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 Patreon: www.patreon.com/arnodebruijn
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Patreon #Deconstruction Lightrecipes
I'll teach you all the secrets behind creative images and lighting setups. Every week a new image deconstruction including BTS material, camera, and light settings + light recipes (downloadable)
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Learn to edit in Lightroom + Photoshop (complete edit tutorials)
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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.
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!
Profoto // Lighting & Modifiers
The world of lightshaping
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Super handy photography accessories
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!