I am Tony Gale, a NYC based people/portrait photographer, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, a Manfrotto Ambassador, an X-Rite Coloratti, a Ben-Q Expert and the APA National President. I shoot for a variety of editorial, corporate and advertising clients.
We live in a fascinating world and one of the many perks of being a freelance photographer is I am able to travel and explore without checking in with anybody first. In 2016 I visited my 50th state and in 2017 (so far) I have been to six countries with more trips scheduled.
My gear is what allows me to create the photographs my clients need, and everything has a purpose. I shoot mostly still photography, but a growing portion of my business is video, so I like to be prepared for everything. I have a lot of gear and a lot of camera bags and every shoot is different, but this is what is in my bag right now after a trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.
The bag is a Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader-55. As you can see it holds quite a bit and still fits in all but the tiniest airline overhead bins—super important when you travel as much as I do.
My primary camera is the Sony a7R II with a Sony a6300 as a backup and the body I use if I need speed. I also have a Sony a99 and a77 just in case.
Because I am a portrait photographer I use lights as well. If I am shooting a video or video/still hybrid project I use Manfrotto LED lights since constant source lights are the only thing that will work for both. I use three Manfrotto Lykos Bi-Color LED lights and depending on what else I need, an assortment of smaller Manfrotto LEDs and 1×1 LEDs. For strobes I use Bowens XMT and XMS heads primarily. I also almost always have my Gitzo Traveler tripod with me.
Sony a7R II
Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm f/4
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master
Sony 70-200mm f/4 G
Sony/Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
Sony 85mm f/1.8
Sony 90mm f/2.8 G Macro
Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6
Gossen Starlite 2 Meter
Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce
Tether Tools tether cable
Blotting tissues (Clean & Clear and The Body Shop)
Strike Finder lightning/sound/motion/laser trigger
Hot shoe bubble level
Sony FA-WRC1M Radio Flash Trigger
Sony FA-WRR1 Radio Flash Receiver
Sony HVL-F60M Flash
Giottos Rocket Blaster
Sony battery charger
Extra Sony NPFW50 batteries
Zoom H4n Pro audio recorder
X-Rite Color Checker Passport Photo
X-Rite Color Checker Passport Video
Ruggard Memory Card Case
Sony SD cards
3x Ultra-High Durability Professional SDXC UHS-I (95/MB/S)
3x UHS-I SDXC (95/MB/S)
1x M Series UHS-II SDXC
1x UHS-I SDXC (94/MB/S)