Most of the time, I’ll lug my 2014 MacBook Pro with me on shoots. It’s equipped with an SSD and 16GB of RAM, which allows me to process images quickly. I always shoot in TIFF, so the processing power helps a lot in my work process.
Since the Nikon D4s uses a CF card, I need a CF card reader that runs on USB 3.0. For this, I have two Lexar Professional CF card readers, just in case one fails. With these, I can transfer my pictures (which are usually about 50MB each, on average!) quickly. Speaking of quick transfers, I also bring a Lexar Workflow 512GB SSD for when my MacBook has insufficient storage space, or when a client requests for photos from me during the shoot itself.
For times when I shoot idols for CD covers and such, ambient lighting may not be the best option. Though I prefer natural lighting, I’ll sometimes use the Nikon Speedlight SB-910 to add fill light. The RoundFlash Ring light, on the other hand, is an absolute must-have for me, especially when I shoot close-ups and need to highlight the eyes of my subject.
Other essentials include my Audio Technica ATH-M50x and Sony 20,000mAh Clean Energy power bank. I often listen to music to help me calm down and concentrate before a shoot, and the ATH-M50x does a great job in that regard. As for the power bank, I frequently use my iPhone for some behind-thescenes photos and videos, and this power bank gives my iPhone enough juice for an entire day, and then some.
I shoot A LOT of photos, such as this behind-the-scenes moment, which is why I need a 20,000mAh power bank.