Sam Hurd

In my career I’ve been very lucky to have opportunity to photograph not only well known individuals, but the most fun and creative wedding couples I could ask for. Balancing 45 weddings and upwards of 120 press events a year has dragged me through more photography equipment than I care to admit. I own Nikon, Canon, Leica, and Sony brands and used them all extensively, but the only mainstay in my bag is the Nikon camera body.

Though I have a lot to choose from I always travel light on the day of a shoot so I’m able to think with my feet and not with my gear. The think tank bag I use has been my long time favorite because of it’s small footprint and deep pockets. My go to lenses are the Nikon 58mm f/1.4, Nikon 24mm f/1.4, and broken Nikon 50mm f/1.8 – which I use for freelensing.

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I love finding small objects like a convex lens or prism to create interesting foreground artifacts in my portraits, and I find the unique looks they make connects me with more artistic minded clients. The litepanel LED video light is perfect for shooting at night and charging AA batteries.

The cameras I use are a Nikon D4 and a Sony a7r. The lenses I use are the Nikon 58mm f/1.4, Nikon 24mm f/1.4, Nikon 45mm Tilt Shift and a broken Nikon 50mm f/1.8D. As for accessories: Visible Dust Sensor Cleaner, mini-tripod, Litepanels croma, convex lens and my bag, a Think Tank Turnstyle 20.

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Inside Sam’s camera bag:

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    • I am starting out as a wedding photographer (less than 6 months old), and I don’t have a lot of expendable budget for a lot of equipment. Should I be investing more towards prime lenses, or towards zoom lenses?

    • Sam, thanks for taking the time to answer questions, and for all the helpful info in your interview and gear list. I’m also a fellow Baltimorian and have recently started a photo/video business with my buddy called CAST83. I used to be solely invested in Nikon gear, but made the switch to Canon to make things easier, since that’s what my partner shoots. Had a quick lens question for you.

      I love primes also, and currently have a 50 & 85. I’m debating whether to get the 35 or 24 next. My buddy has the 35, 50, 135, so we do have the 35 if we need it. So, the 24 would be a new addition that neither of us have. My only concern is the distortion compared to the 35. Just curious what your thoughts are, since it looks like you shoot with the 24 a lot.

      Thanks again!

    • Hi Sam,
      I am taking a uni course in photography next year.. and photographing my nephew’s wedding in May. I don’t have lots if cash but I have almost decided on buying a Nikon d750 body simply because from what I have researched, it’s the best in my price max budget. My thinking is, better to buy best I can now, rather than invest twice ie first in a beginner and then later upgrade my camera..
      I am nervous about it because I don’t know if the d750 is all it’s said to be. I would value your opinion. Maybe a different brand might be better?
      Second, if d750 is fine, which lens to buy.. I have read the 50mm 1.8d because it gets great reviews as an everyday lens and is so cheap for a starter… although I know nothing about any of it yet.
      I am guessing I need ? 3 lens – macro, mid range and zoom? Or will 2 do it?
      Last question. I will be doing mostly hand held shits and I am undecided as to whether I need a camera that has built in image stabilisation. To be honest, I can’t see myself dragging around a tripod at a wedding, although I am sure it’s best. I have some physical mobility issues. And, I also like taking unobtrusive shots.. my camera phone has been perfect for that. A tripod gives the game away.
      I MUST have a dslr camera for my course, but they don’t make recommendations. A bit tough when you are a beginner.. I have to do so much research, makes me wonder if the course will keep up (ha ha.)
      I live your photography and would really appreciate your thoughts and guidance.

  • @rajat I’d definitely invest in primes. It’ll make you a much better photographer being able to previsualize and react faster. Look into primes with f/1.8 as they should be very affordable!

  • Hey Sam, have you had a go on the new Sony A7Rii? Really interested in picking one of these up for my portrait and street photography work. I’m a Canon user (6D to be precise) and love the results I get, especially when using my Sigma Art lenses but I’m starting to find my Canon’s just a little cumbersome to carry around on a day to day basis.

    Cheers and thanks for sharing your amazing work.

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