Using the unique touch-to-focus&shoot feature on the Olympus OM-D EM-5 mirrorless camera, Ross Harvey was able to capture this moment.

Ross Harvey

Wedding | Last Updated: September 22, 2023

Emotive, geometric and artistic would be three words I would use to describe my work. Coming from a background in graphic design, I’m crazy about composition and creativity. I hold a Masters Degree in Advanced Computer Science, and have a well-developed geeky side. Got to love technology.

When I’m not taking photographs, I’m contemplating the cosmos – what it means to be human, how to generate/maintain happiness while exploring the realms of consciousness and quantum physics. As that lad Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle”. I’m very much aligned with the latter :)

Although I have a fair bit of kit, I use the Nikon D3s with the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G for nearly everything. The other Canon gear (including the Canon 5D Mark 3, Canon 50mm f/1.2 and Canon 135mm f/2) are for specific uses, especially portraits. The Leica M3 is for film portraits, something I’ll be doing much more of this season. The Olympus EM5 is my go to digital street photography camera. It’s insanely useful for that.

The little prism you see bottom right is one example of many – I like to shoot through things. It can turn a normal photograph into something magical! I use three Nikon SB-900 ‘s, mainly because they tend to overheat (the Nikon SB-910 addressed that issue), but only for dance-floor and sometimes speeches. My preference, by far, is natural light.

I use the Think Tank Airport International bag, because simply, it’s the best travel bag ever, and while shooting, two Spider Belt Clips (dual cameras) and a Domke F-803 which holds three lenses and cards/batteries.




Nikon D3s
Nikon D4
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G
Nikon 35mm f/1.4G
Nikon 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G
Nikon SB-900 (x3)

Canon 5D Mark 3
Canon 50mm f/1.2L
Canon 135mm f/2L

Olympus OMD EM5
Olympus 35mm f/1.8

Leica M3
Leica 50mm Summicron


SpiderHolster Dual Belt Clips
Think Tank Airport International
Domke F-803

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  1. Justine Santiago on October 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I like the photography every much and the shot of the Cameras and lens is pretty impressive. I am learning the photography and yet to buy such a powerful camera and lens mentioned in the article. The author has the very good collection of Digital Photography Cameras for each specification of photography. I would try to buy at least two models mentioned in the article.

  2. Raul Correa on February 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I really liked your review on Nikon D750 and the pictures you take! I like to know how you take photographs using flash. Do you use TTL or Manual?

  3. Andy Mac on November 14, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Hi Ross,

    I love your work with the prism – I’ve seen quite a few of your shots where you must have used it. Until now I was slightly baffled as to how you had achieved some of your shots.
    Could I ask where you got your prism, or what type of prism to look out for to achieve similar type of shots?


    • Ross Harvey on January 9, 2015 at 12:55 am

      Thanks Andy.

      It was a gift from my grandparents, over a decade ago. Make sure it’s glass or (clear, unbroken) crystal. Some have coloured bases which is the effect you see in terms of adding colour.

  4. MamedFazwan on October 5, 2014 at 5:04 am

    HI Ross..i’m a 5d3 user and very impress by your d750 review.I am a photographer that highly demand in best image quality..that many said belong to nikon sensor.But each time i tried myself the nikon body like the D700,D800..i just like more on my canon image(i did tried D3s too)..yes i can see nikon was sharper and more detail..but the characreristic of canon image of colours and bokeh.when i saw your is the tone that i like..and the colours are our taste must be 90% same.but u are using can i ask that way you edit the colours…white many percent that u think nikon is better than canon for your image.or i just tried wrong nikon body and lenses?i shoot with 24L,50L,135L and some zooms.

    • Ross Harvey on January 9, 2015 at 12:53 am

      I’ve never had any issues with colours, in fact I find them very easy to get ‘right’ as the Nikon files are so good at being processed. Canon tends to shoot with a greener tint, perhaps that’s what you’re used to! I use the G line of glass for Nikon, equivalent to Canon’s L.

  5. Stéphane on April 5, 2014 at 6:51 am

    And what are you using for retouching ? Lightroom, Capture 1, Photoshop ?

    • Ross Harvey on May 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Lightroom (98%) and Photoshop (2%)

      • Stéphane on June 3, 2014 at 9:35 pm

        Thank Ross,

        i thought that you used C1 on your new wedding. I saw big changes in your traitements on your last weddings. Colors and skin tones are really amazing, so perfect !

  6. Ross on March 5, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Hi Mark – the glass. The 50L has characteristics without a Nikon equivalent. The 135L is useful, combined with silent mode, in churches.

    The D3s is used 99% of the time – all other cases – as the AF and dynamic range are superior.

  7. Mark on March 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Out of interest, why do you feel the need to use a different system (Canon) just for portraits?

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