My name is Timothy Hogan. After 20 years as a commercial photographer shooting beauty, still life, and now, fine art, I’ve seen a lot (and used a lot of different gear, depending on the job at hand!).
When I first got started, I was shooting on medium and large format film – everything from my trusty Pentax 67 to Sinar 8×10 inch large format cameras.
I actually still have my Pentax 67 and love it, other than the weight! I’ll often use it for street photography, like my series of Urbanscapes from Istanbul, Turkey.
There’s something about shooting film that I like more than digital. There’s a surprise, a magic to it, that can’t be replicated. I love the uncertainty of pressing the shutter (ka-thwack!) and not knowing until much later if you got the shot.
It prompts a special type of awareness and mindfulness that I don’t get when I shoot digital. It’s a much more enjoyable experience.
I still have three go-to film cameras that I use. My Asahi Pentax 67 paired with a Pentax 67 135mm f/4, a Hasselblad X-PAN II, and a beautiful Wisner 4×5 expedition camera. For backup, I have a Hasselblad H4D50.
I’ve been shooting with Hasselblad cameras for years, including my first medium format back – a 22 megapixel Mamya Leaf Credo 50 digital back for my Mamiya RZ 67 that set me back nearly $40,000!
My go-to lens kit, now, is a multi-shot, along with the Hasselblad 24mm f/4.8, Hasselblad 35-90mm f/4-5.6 , and the Hasselblad 120mm f/4 lens.
For storage, I love the simplicity of my ThinkTank Airport Accelerator bag. Big and Square, it allows me to fit a ton of gear and get it in the overhead bins when I travel.
For The Fin Project, my series on surfboard fins, we shot exclusively with the Hasselblad H5D using a Hongdak RS-60E3 shutter release cable, creating prints that were up to 50×72”, that look absolutely perfect.
They were lit in studio with a combination of constant and strobe lights, depending on our location. Currently, I’m loving the flexibility and control of the CAME-TV Boltzen 55W LED’s – and I would use these exclusively for this project, now.
I LOVE my Benro FTF29CIB1 travel tripod for location work. It’s not the most stable in the world – but I do manage to get sharp shots with it – even with the H5D. The fact that it packs up FLAT is amazing.
The files from the Hasselblad give me so much dynamic range and flexibility in Adobe Lightroom Classic. I rarely have to shoot HDR or brackets on location because of the file quality.
It really is a different beast altogether compared to 35mm digital files. And now that I incorporated the Razer CORE X GPU with AMD 5700 XT card to my trusty 16-inch Macbook Pro, using Topaz AI software (from the same company as Topaz Studio), it is now workable.