Hola I am Daniel Diaz a Graphic Designer turned wedding photographer. I started photography with toy cameras such as Holga, Seagull TLR and so on, I have been shooting weddings since 2009. I blame my friends for getting me into this, many of them asked me to take their wedding pictures five years later here I am shooting weddings for a living and loving it!
I like to travel light and only have what I need. I used to travel with studio lights and big stands to a location, then in the end I didnt even use them due to the time passing so quickly on a wedding day, so now I only carry what I must need to work with.
Once i get to the location, I place two camera batteries, the Pee Wee (memorycard wallet), one flash and the Yongnuo YN560-TX manual flash controller trigger in the LowePro StreamLine so i can move around all day without carrying a big backpack.
Here’s the rest of the gear that I use.
I used Canon a few of years ago but I have since changed to Nikon because i wanted to have a full frame body. The Canon EOS 5d Mark II was a non-starter for me because of the poor AF performance. I already had an old Nikkor 35mm f2 lens that I had lying around and decided to get the D700 about two weeks before it was discontinued and I couldn’t have been happier back then. I really like how Nikon fulfills my geeky side with the many intuitive buttons and a more rugged style of camera and the D600 just fits my needs of having all the features I would ever need in a relatively small camera body.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART series
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Special Edition
90% of the time i have the 35mm and the 85mm attached to the bodies, the 50mm is just for fun during some moments of the ceremony and the reception.
Two Yongnuo Speedlites YN560-III and a Yongnuo YN560-TX manual flash controller
Two Feit LED Flashlights
I am a new user of Yongnuo flashes and I have to say that I am very happy with them, of course they don’t compare to the dedicated flashes of Nikon but they get the job done and come at a super low price. I control them both when off camera with the Yongnuo YN560-TX super easy, power, zoom and gruop just with the touch of a button.
The Mag Mod comes in handy when i want to make a special set-up for a shot, maybe spotlight a wall.
The Feit LED flashlights have great output and give me a hard light to have some strang shadows and great back light.
6x 16gb Lexar-Pro SD2 32gb, Transcend SD4 16gb Pixtor Sandisk SD (these were a gift from my friend Martin Sedacca)
I keep all this in a ThinkTank Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket. You can never have enough memory, right?
4 spare camera batteries
Giottos Rocket Blaster
Spider BlackWidow Camera Holster
Lowepro Lens Case 9x9cm
Lowepro Streamline 150 bag
Think Tank Airport Essentials Backpack
Small Towel for the hot sunny destinations.
A photo of my son Emilio and me, that he secretly placed one time I went on the road with the words: “So you can remember me.”
Baby Eliza Not included