Nate Hassler

Automobile | Last Updated: February 13, 2021

Hey everyone, my name is Nate Hassler and I am a photographer hailing from Los Angeles California. My primary genres are automotive and landscape, with a more recent push to include lifestyle, fashion and portraiture.

With my style of shooting, I find myself on a tripod quite often, and a fair amount of my work involves heavy post processing and compositing. Not all of it though, I really enjoy action shooting also (like trackside at racing events) where you’re hand-held the whole time. I also rarely use lens shades, because I like lens flares.

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 1DS Mark III as my primary weapons; both bodies have benefits and drawbacks, but lately, the Old Faithful 1DS is seeing less and less action because I find the 5D Mark III suits my needs well for most situations.

I am very happy with my gear, and for the most part, I view gear as a tool that when in the right hands can create something beautiful. I prefer not to “pixel peep” more than is necessary, but at the same time, I will not sacrifice quality in exchange for a “quick fix.”

I shoot vehicles with a combination of natural and artificial light, but the majority of what I do outside of the studio is naturally lit. For quick and easy portable lighting, I use Profoto Compact 600 or D1 monoblock strobes with various small battery packs, and for in-studio, I prefer to use Profoto or Broncolor.

Gear list:

Gitzo Carbon Fiber legs w/Gitzo ball head

Camera bodies:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 1DS Mark III (not pictured)

Canon 24-105mm f/4
Canon 35mm f/1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II
Canon 135mm f/2
Canon 1.4x tele converter
Canon close focus extension tube
Canon 16-35mm f2.8 II (not pictured)
Canon 90 degree “Periscope” viewfinder
Canon cable shutter release

Lee 4-inch circular polarizer
Lee 1-stop neutral density soft gradient
Lee 1-stop neutral density hard gradient
Lee 2-stop neutral density soft gradient
Lee 2-stop neutral density hard gradient
Lee 1, 2, 3-stop neutral density kit
Various B+W threaded circular polarizing filters (for trackside shooting)

Camera bag:
Think Tank Airport International ver 2.0

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