Dario Dusio

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My name is Dario Dusio and I’m back updating my kit on Shotkit. I love traveling, Guinness, sushi, and rock music.

I started my career as a music photographer, then I owned a small studio in Turin, and after that I found my way of shooting weddings – by mixing reportage and amazing “WOW” shots.

Over the years I’ve changed gear so many times, trying to find the perfect mix for nearly all my assignments. I’ve used Canon, Nikon, Fuji, and right now I’m back in love with my Nikon thanks to the new mirrorless Z6.

For the reportage, the mirrorless with the 35mm is perfect because it’s silent and very fast to catch focus. The eye recognition is also a valuable helper in many situations – like high contrast situations or when the bride is coming down the aisle.

I still use my D850 as the second camera with my 85mm because it’s got super autofocus. In those cases, I may crop without remorse (that beast still has too many megapixels!).

A nice plus: both the Z6 and the D850 have super high ISO performance and share the same batteries!

In my bag, you can find a 24mm for group shots and for action shots on the dancefloor.

I choose to pack light because I think that a tired photographer can’t take very good photos and weddings today are very long (from 10 hours to easily 14 hours straight). I prefer to avoid zooms (too heavy!).

I loved zooms in the past when I was photographing concerts and musicians, but a wedding is a completely different game: I want to be able to blend in and stay close, so zooms are just unnecessary for my style of work.

The other good thing about using fast primes is that I can always shoot in natural light and use the flash to create something more spectacular rather than not being able to grab sufficient light and annoying everybody during the ceremony.

These days I bring my flashes less and less and I have a dedicated bag just for them when I need them. Most the time I simply use a small LED light.

After changing my bag so many times, I ended up using a small one – the Lowepro BP150. It’s lovely and doesn’t scream “photographer,” so I can carry my basic setup and eventually bring a second bag with all my lighting equipment (flashes and umbrella). I think that the bag needs to be as small as possible to avoid bringing unnecessary items.

My photography focuses on candid, emotional shots: for most of my work I need to be able to get close to the people I photograph.

So that’s the most important part of my gear – my social skills and my smile.

Gear:

Lowepro m-Trekker BP-150

Holdfast Swag

Primary body: Nikon Z6
Secondary body: Nikon D850
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
Nikon 24mm f/1.8G

2 spare batteries
3 Sony XQD from 32gb to 64gb
4 Sandisk SD card from 32gb to 128gb

Powerbank Aideaz 10k mAh
Led Video Light Moman

www.dariodusio.com | @dariodusio

2019

My name is Dario Dusio and I’ve been a professional photographer since 2011.

I love traveling, Guinness, sushi, and rock music.

I started my career as a music photographer, then I owned a small studio in Turin and after that I found my way shooting weddings, mixing reportage and amazing “WOW” shots.

Over the years I’ve changed gear so many times, trying to find the perfect mix for nearly all my assignments. I used Canon, then Nikon, then Fuji, and right now Fuji + Nikon.

I love my Fuji for the reportage part of a wedding because it’s small, silent, and nice to see. However, I prefer to use my D850 for the preparation and in the church because I work usually in Northern Italy where there isn’t much available light inside of the churches. I feel more secure with the Nikon Autofocus (I wear glasses so no manual focusing for me) and high ISO performance.

I need redundancy but I try to do it with the lightest setup, so I use two camera bodies with two lenses (usually 35mm and 85mm).

I choose to be light because I think that a tired photographer can’t do very good photos and weddings today are very long (from 10 hours to easily 14 hours straight). By not using zooms I may not always have the perfect shots but hey… it’s 2019, we can always crop a bit if needed!

I loved zooms in the past when I was photographing concerts and musicians but a wedding is a completely different game: I want to be able to blend in and stay close: zooms are just unnecessary for my style of work.

The other good part of using fast primes is that I can always shoot in natural light and use the flash to create something more spectacular rather than not being able to grab sufficient light and annoying everybody during the ceremony.

After changing my bag so may times I ended up using a small one with my basic setup and a second one with all my lights equipment.

My photography focuses around candid, emotional shots: most of my work is being able to get close to people I photograph: that’s the most important part of my gear, my social skills and my smile.

Gear:

Evercase backpack

Holdfast Swag

Primary body Nikon D850
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
1 spare battery

Secondary body Fujifilm X-Pro2
Fujinon 23mm f/2
Fujinon 16mm f/1.4
Samyang 8mm fisheye f/2.8
4x spare battery
Patona double charger usb
Anker 20k ma battery pack

Think tank SD Pixel Pocket Rocket with 9x SD sandisk

Macbook pro 13 with adaptors and charger

Small light and boxcutter
2x Lucky charms and 2x beard rings

Manfrotto cellular stand

Business cards

Neewer bag
2x Yongnuo trigger
2x Yongnuo flash
2x Neewer light stand
2x flash Bowens mounts
Bowens honeycomb grid
GVM dimmable led
3x gels (cto ctb ctg)
soft photographic umbrella
transparent rain umbrella

www.dariodusio.com

Inside Dario’s camera bag:

Nikon Z6

Nikon D850

Fujifilm X-Pro 2

Nikon 35mm f/1.8

Nikon 85mm f/1.8

Nikon 24mm f/1.8G

Fujinon XF 23mm f/2

Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4

Samyang 8mm f/2.8

Apple MacBook Pro

Sony XQD 32GB

Sony XQD 64GB

SanDisk 32GB

SanDisk 128GB

Think Tank Photo SD

Camera Case, Evecase

Yongnuo Trigger

Neewer Light Stand