Krystina Brown (@krystinagabrielle) is a sports and music freelance photographer based in Washington D.C. She started out in music photography almost 10 years ago covering concerts and shows. Though she has swiveled in the last three years, focusing heavily on sports photography with women's professional basketball and soccer being some of her favorites to capture. "Photography was just supposed to be a fun new hobby when I started it years ago but it has really grown into a fun career opportunity that I'm so grateful for." Between fast-paced sports and low light concerts, Krystina needs a reliable and well-performing kit. She has found this with her Sony cameras and lenses. We interviewed Krystina to learn about what gear she depends on and why.
Product Preview – In This Article You’ll Find:
–Sony Alpha 9
–Sony Alpha 7R III
–Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master
–Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master
Sony Alpha 9: I bought this camera body when I became serious about sports photography a few years ago. It's captured some of my best action shots and is something I can see myself keeping for a while. The 20 fps are excellent and I've made some fun photo sequences with them. The autofocus is great especially for shooting soccer when things are happening at a fast pace. Last year I rented the Sony 400mm f/2.8 G Master and used it with my Sony Alpha 9 for the National Women’s Soccer League championship game and the photos were incredible.
Photo by Krystina Brown. Sony Alpha 9. Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/500-sec., f/3.5, ISO 64
Photo by Krystina Brown. Sony Alpha 9. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/320-sec., f/5.6, ISO 500
Sony Alpha 7R III: This is probably my favorite camera body. The details I get out of photos are excellent and I love using this camera for music, sports and portrait photography. I wanted to have a second camera body and I'm really glad I went with this one. With 42 megapixels, the image quality is fantastic and the colors pop a little more when I'm editing. I really enjoy the versatility of this camera and I'm able to crop images while still keeping my edits sharp.
Photo by Krystina Brown. Sony Alpha 7R III. Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/640-sec., f/2.8, ISO 800
Photo by Krystina Brown. Sony Alpha 7R III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/320-sec., f/3.5, ISO 4000
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master: If there were only one lens I could keep, it would absolutely be this one. I'm able to go wide and get in close with ease and the details on this lens are great. I especially love using it for professional women's basketball games and live music because of the spacing I have at those events.
Photo by Krystina Brown. Sony Alpha 7R III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/400-sec., f/3.5, ISO 3200
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master: This lens is a must-have when I'm shooting soccer. The reach and low aperture make a big difference when capturing quick moments on the field. I also enjoy getting great close up shots with this lens at concerts and basketball games. I always like to get close up shots of small things and moments and this lens allows me to do that with really good quality.
Photo by Krystina Brown. Sony Alpha 7R III. Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/640-sec., f/4, ISO 320
Brevitē Camera Bag: A great compact camera bag, I'm able to fit all my essential gear in it along with my laptop. Plus I love the look and color of the bag.
Air Blower: This is great to have when shooting games because there is always dust getting in the way.
Photo by Krystina Brown. Sony Alpha 7R III. Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master. 1/200-sec., f/2.8, ISO 5000
Prism Lens FX Filter: This is a fun filter I like to use on some of my shots just to throw some variety in my edits. It works great with my music photography shots. Things like this are great for keeping your creativity up!