Adam Hacking

Hey, I’m Adam. Husband, Father, Creative and Documentary Wedding Photographer, based in Victoria, Australia.

I worked in design firms for over ten years. Agency life was fun, exciting and challenging, but I could never stay settled. Back and forth, I would change from one position to another, hoping to solve an underpinning issue that I could never define.

It wasn’t until 2013, I challenged myself to photograph a wedding. This was one of the greatest and life-changing decisions I have ever made. Were the wedding photos my best work? Probably not. But that emotion of seeing how happy the couple were – it was utterly phenomenal. It was here when I finally figured it out; The human connection.

I was a good designer with plenty of successes, but wedding photography is different. In business, success was measured by positive metrics and profit gain. For me, success in wedding photography is measured in emotion. I photograph weddings for the love of it. The art, the feeling and the true happiness it brings people.

Cameras

Canon 5D Mark IV x 2
My first experience with full frame cameras began with a pair of 5D Classic’s, and ever since, Canon has had me hooked. Even now, I look back at some of my first weddings, and I am incredibly impressed with what could be achieved.

I’ve used the II’s, and III’s and now I’ve just upgraded to the 5D Mark IV’s and adore them.
Rich colour rendition and incredible ISO capabilities make this camera a dream to work with as a wedding photographer. It’s also one robust unit – I deal with sand, rock and rain, plus the occasional clumsiness of myself, yet these cameras just keep rolling on.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark II (backup)

Pentax 645D
I love this camera. This Pentax 645D is definitely an acquired taste. Slow, old, heavy, but completely magical. I find the constraints of this camera a powerful method to ground my abilities and draw the creativity out. You have to look harder for light because the ISO is non-existent. You have to think harder about your composition because previews take 5 seconds to show. Although this is not a ‘true’ medium format, it still has that indescribable look that the larger sensors bring, especially when you can put on a lens from the 1960’s and just ‘create’. It makes you appreciate everything that you make.
Yeah, sure benefits are great and I could get the 645z with all the bells, but where is the fun? Where is the challenge?

Lenses

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L
My first L lens and will continue to be in my collection until the day it finally breaks. I love this lens for so many reasons, shallow depth of field for low light and beautiful creamy backgrounds. Beautiful for tight rooms, and wide landscape shots, but incredible for close-ups too. If I could only use one lens for a wedding, this would be it.

Canon 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.8
Canon 135mm f/2.0 L

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro

Pentax SMC Takumar 6×7 105mm f/2.4
Pentax SMC Takumar 6×7 75mm f/2.8

Accessories

Canon 600EX II RT Speedlights (x2)

Peak Design Everyday 20L Backpack
I’ve gone through a tremendous collection of camera bags. I shoot outdoor documentary on a stack of prime lenses, so I need portable bags that I can throw on my shoulder, run with, and be rough with. I’ve used numerous brands and was never completely satisfied until I got the Peak Design bag.A big investment for a bag, but truly worth it. Waterproof, Flexible Storage panels and useful pockets are brilliant, plus the leash system is immensely helpful for last minute runarounds. It’s also able to store an incredible amount for the size. This is honestly functional design at its very best, with a very crisp finish.

Peak Design Slide Strap
Lucky Camera Strap
Joby GorillaPod 5K
Pelican Micro Memory Card Case
LaCie Rugged Portable Hardrives

www.hackingcreative.com

Inside Adam’s camera bag: