Hi all. My name is Benjamin Lee (@itchban) and I’m a freelance photographer & filmmaker based in Sydney, Australia.
A few years back, I quit my office job on a whim. With no plans other than to take a break and enjoy life, I picked up my first camera and started documenting my days.
Pretty soon, I grew a sizeable audience, made a name for myself in the industry and found myself a new and prosperous career.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing clients such as Canon Australia, Adobe, DJI, Adidas and many more. I shoot a lot of genres, but currently it has been more travel / adventure mixed in with some influencer work and corporate gigs.
As I shoot both photos and video in varying locations, my kit is relatively lightweight and run-and-gun. The kit you see in the flat lay mostly fits into my camera backpack.
Canon 5D Mark IV
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IS
Canon 85mm f/1.4 IS L
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II L
Sigma 35mm f/1.4
DJI Mavic Pro 2 (Hasselblad version) + 4 batteries
DJI Ronin S Gimbal Stabiliser
Samsung Note 9
Samsung T5 SSD (1TB)
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Logitech Slim travel mouse (T630)
LaCie Rugged Hard drive (2TB)
Peak Design Cuff (Wrist strap)
Pelican SD card case
Anker PowerCore 10,000mAh portable battery
I am a big fan of Canon equipment as it suits my needs and is reliable. The Canon 5D Mark IV does a great job at shooting stills and is a very capable camera for shooting 1080p footage. The available glass for their DSLR’s is very high quality and affordable compared to other camera brands.
The DJI Mavic Pro 2 is by far my favourite drone I’ve owned to date. It is very portable which is great for travelling and the still/video quality is great.
The DJI Ronin S is an amazing 3-axis gimbal stabiliser which is great for video work. I like that you can split the battery handle from the gimbal – which allows it to be a little more portable.[Related: Gimbal tips & tricks here]
I usually have at least one main SSD drive in my setup which I use as my working drive. They are expensive but super-fast and compact. I have a secondary regular HD as a backup.
The Chanel cologne is a must, because nobody likes a smelly photographer/videographer.
Check out these 8 essential tools to help you succeed as a professional photographer.
Includes limited-time discounts.
Leave a Comment