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What’s In My Bag: Brian Smith's Essential Gear For Location Portraits


In a career that’s spanned decades and includes a Pulitzer Prize, Sony Artisan Brian Smith is renowned for his portraits. He has the innate ability to connect with a person in a brief span of time and bring out unique aspects of their personality then translate that to a photograph. Often working on location, Smith brings a fair amount of gear because until he’s actually in the moment, he doesn’t know everything he might want to shoot and he keeps his options open. While the relatively compact nature of the Sony mirrorless camera system is a benefit, allowing him to pack more gear while staying within a manageable size and weight, Smith explains that size Is far from the main reason he carried a Sony α9 and a quiver of G Master and other Sony lenses on a recent shoot.

In this video, Smith gives us a walk through his on-location bag from Kando Trip 2.0. Starting out with his Sony α9, the essential lenses, Smith also shows off a modified Sony α7R and key lighting tools that he packs.

July is Portrait Month at Alpha Universe. See how you can be a part of it and submit your best portraits to #SonyAlphaPortrait on Instagram.

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