IN MY Bag

If anyone interested to know, I’m using the following photo gear:

In my physical bag:

  • Primary body for landscape is Nikon D800
  • Walk-around camera Sony A7s with 55mm 1.8 prime 
  • Nikon Lenses:
    • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8G wide angle zoom. Majority of my pictures are taken with this lens. I love this lens. It is so wide and it is not fish-eye, it actually keep things pretty straight as you’d see it with your own eye.
    • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8G ED. My second most used lens.
    • Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm VR 4.5-5.6 G. This is my telephoto lens to spy on far away objects. I rarely use this lens and usually do not carry it with me unless I know that I’ll need to shoot something from far away.
  • Tripod – Manfrotto fiberglass (can’t remember the model) and RRS ball head  

My virtual bag, ie, the software used to post process it all:

  • Adobe Bridge CS5. I shoot everything in RAW and use Bridge to look at my photos as I copy them from the camera to my computer. I sort it and stack it in bridge to have better organization.
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5. This is the ultimate final post processing tool to get it look good – usually minor tweaking in Camera RAW and then some adjustments with multiple layers.
  • Photomatix Pro. This is my tool for processing HDR photographs.
  • That’s it. I don’t use any other specialized software.

49 Responses to IN MY Bag

  1. bkloflin says:

    Dimitri, Thanks for liking my blog.
    I looked you up to see what you do and enjoyed your layout.
    It’s large and easy to read.
    I am surprised however by comments in your bag.
    Why do you use such nice Nikon glass worth several thousand dollars and put $30 worth of filters on them?
    Nikon lens glass, the engineering formulas, specialized coatings and manufacturing standards are designed to perfection without filters.
    IMHO to put any glass in front of that is a compromise.
    Use filters sparingly. Only when you need to.
    Otherwise, protect them with lens caps.

    • Dmitrii says:

      Hi, thanks for feedback! 14-24 does not use filter and it is my primary glass. The cover on 14-24 is very sturdy and it never cames off, so I never had a problem with damaging it. I do have filter on 24-70 and I’m glad I have it because the lens cap came off multiple times in situations when I would not want the main glass to be exposed to elements. In many situation, usually with sun or some other similar light, I take it off so it does not introduce reflections, but in normal day light I keep it on.

  2. I too got here by your “liking” my blog. Thank you. Another question: when you shoot pictures, do you mostly use automatic settings, then sofeware to adjust things, or manual settings to help with getting the effects you wish for, with some fine tuning here and there with sofeware?

    • Dmitrii says:

      Hi, I shoot most of it for HDR post processing, which means I set camera in Aperture priority, f is based on specific situation, ISO usually at 200, and shoot it in brackets, -2, 0, +2. Then its all about post processing.

      • S Joe says:

        So does that mean unless I learn to use the post processing software, I cannot be a good photographer? :( I have a basic Canon power shot (sx130is). I sometimes use my mobile phone for capturing photographs. Apart from that, I have no other equipment/software. Do I even have a chance?

        • Dmitrii says:

          Good photo starts with good composition. A lot of great photogrphy is done with basic P&S cameras. So if you do not have fancy equipment or software then start with your camera and train your eye for good compositions. No fancy camera or expensive post processing software will fix a crappy composition.
          When you feel that you starting to master compositions and able to afford it, then upgrade to better camera and software – it will give you more control over your photography, it will allow to have some creative work. by shooting it in RAW format and using post processing software you’ll have a lot of control over the final look of the image. Just go shoot and have fun.

  3. S Joe says:

    I understand what you mean. I am trying to learn good composition. Hopefully, I’ll get there some day :)
    Just a small question (could be a silly one), when you mean RAW format, you mean the direct output from the camera. Am I correct? Or is that some special format?

    • Dmitrii says:

      Yes, a lot of digital cameras can provide output file in RAW format. It is basically all data that censor collected when you took the picture. So it has a lot of data and you can use that data to your adavantage with proper post processing techniques. I think most camera vendors provide their own RAW software tools, some are free and come with camera, some you have to purchase. I use Adobe CS5 Camera Raw software – which is part of Lightroom or full CS5.

      If your camera supports it, you can turn RAW mode on, otherwise by default camera will create JPEG image for you. Basically it takes all the raw data collected by the censor and converts it to JPEG format – which is more compressed format. As part of that conversion, the final file does not have additional information that would RAW file contain. Also, if you ever compare JPEG and RAW of the same image, usually JPEG will look better, it is becouse camera did all the postprocessing work for you.

      • S Joe says:

        Ah! Now I get it. I need to figure out if my camera has RAW option. I use Canon PowerShot – Sx130is. I will look for it. Thanks for the detailed reply.

  4. yeh Mixon baby ! all the way …. however im alzy these days and often use iphone haha

  5. Jackie Paulson says:

    Oh how I am glad I found you and that you came by my blog. See, unlike you I am not so good at photography. It’s a huge challenge for me. All of it. And, my love is reading and doing book reviews here http://getreadingnow.wordpress.com…that is my love. So, taking on the Project 365 will be my challenge for 2012 and learning from the best…YOU. ♥ Jackie

  6. Bill says:

    Dmitrii, thanks again for visiting. By the way, you have a great bag! :)

  7. William says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. You are very prolific!

  8. jmpix says:

    So…the D800 was release yesterday….have you placed your order yet? :) I’m a Canon shooter, but even I got excited about this camera…looks fantastic! Hope you get your hands on one soon!

  9. Lee says:

    Dmitrii – thanks again for stopping by Enthusiast Photographer! You and I shoot the same camera, and I recently switched from a 190XPROB/322RC2 setup to a Gitzo 2531 and RRS BH-40 setup with an L-bracket. I have to say, it has been a massive upgrade – the tripod “disappears” for me, which is exactly what I want – no fiddly stuff. The L-bracket is a big plus, too. I’m looking at getting the Tokina 11-16 to round out my bag, and eventually I’ll look at something more on the body. I think you’re doing a great job with the setup you have!

  10. quibbleon says:

    Dmitri: I thank you for “liking” my blog post. I have spent the afternoon fooling around with your workflow and have more understanding of what I can get away with and how to make things work.
    Your tutorial is clear and easy to follow.
    Thanks for the fun. I’ll keep looking in as time goes by.
    Bob

  11. iamllewmor says:

    Dmitri: thanks for liking my posts!.. I wish I could travel with you!.
    You really have so many good stuffs on your blog!..

  12. Radni says:

    Thanks for ‘liking’ my photos. As the others have said, you have good stuff. I’ll be a regular visitor :)

  13. Hi. I use a NIkon D50, which I LOVE. I would like to upgrade to a newer Nikon one of these days and use my D50 as a backup. I have a wide angle 12-24 lens that I bought a couple of years ago when I took a trip to the grand canyon. I love it! I have a 50mm, and two different zoom lenses also, but I am finding that I use the 50mm most of the time ever since I bought i a year ago. Love your blog and photography. And, thank you for liking mine! :-)

  14. Jason Finner says:

    Uh oh Dmitrii…D800 was announced, hope you’ve been saving up! lol!

    Jason Finner

  15. Hi Dmitrii,
    I thank you so much for taking a look at my blogs, and for what it’s worth, your site is amazing, neat, concise not to mention your gorgeous images. I too love HDR and our instructor told us about Photomatix. That plus now owning a macro lens has me out and about all day!! So, thanks again for looking and liking… keep up the great work. Oh, one more thing, how to you get to travel around so much – if it’s through work, do they need some help, or at least and intern?? Serious!

  16. I love your bag ! And the work you produce with it…a true labor of love :)

    Thank you again for visiting my blog and liking my photos.

  17. Peter says:

    Love your work. Started looking and got hooked. Great finish on your HDR’s.

  18. stuartpics says:

    Nice work, look forward to seeing some more soon, if you go back in time on my blog you’ll see we are headed to the US very soon, with a 14-24 in the bag. The Olloclip will be with us too

  19. Hi Dmitri — I came here because you “liked” a post on my blog, and I am VERY impressed by your photography. I have tried with minor success to take great pictures all over the world, but your photography is in a class of its own! Great work!

  20. locogorilla says:

    Hi Dmitri… Also came here because you “liked” a post on my blog, Thanks and please do check again
    I like your work so much, its different. Seeing through all of them make me wish to have more time to travel.. Impressive

  21. Bhaven says:

    Thanks for stopping by at my post Dmitri. I like the enthusiasm with which you put up information in your posts and the details about your gear. All the best in your future. Other than my blog (www.bhavenjani.wordpress.com) you can also view my images at http://www.bhavenjani.photoshelter.com

  22. kerioke says:

    Now that you have the D800 you need to update your IN MY Bag page! hehehe… Are you still using the same wide angle lens for the Biltmore Estate pictures?

  23. janetkleyn says:

    Love, love, love your photos…I’m inspired to try some HDR now. I also shoot with a D90 and am waiting for my D800 :) … Re your wish list …I have the 28-300 …hate it! It’s a very slow lens and just not that sharp..For me the 70-200 is a much better option. I’ll be selling imy 28-300 soon as I get back home to SA (unless you want to buy it from me when I get to New York in about 3 weeks time LOL).

    And on the subject of $30 filters…I’ve had a filter save my lens from many a mishap..I’d never travel without one on my lens.

  24. Looking at your pictures convinced me that I have to get a better camera. I’m going to checkout the D800.

  25. Hi, Thanks for the like on my post and I am impressed with your photos. Just switched to DSLR this winter so I am still learning it. Want to try HDR but I’m still working my way through Aperture. All in time…Nice work.

  26. John says:

    Always fine photography on your website, I appreciate your visiting my site. Thanks! :)

  27. traveller858 says:

    Dmitrii, unless I have missed something you seem to have your “long lens” already in your bag. The 70-300mm is FX. So that’ll save you some money to spend on other kit!
    One question for you – have you found any difficulties processing photos from your D800 via your computer. Speed, space etc?

    • Dmitrii says:

      All of my current processing is done on Samsung Series 7 Slate running Windows 8. Other than the screen is being small it processes images without any issues. It takes longer to process D800 images than D90 images, due to size and due to the fact that with D90 I only took 3 brackets, while with D800 I take 5, sometimes 7. Size of the files and the number of them increase the time in Photomatix. I do not see a lot of difference working on them in PS5, even though D800 images are 3-4 larger in size, well.. other than when trying to save it, it takes couple minutes to save it to .PSD file. I do not keep any of the files on the computer itself. I copy all files from memory card to my primary 1.5TB external drive and work off it. I make a copy of it to backup external drive as often as I can and keep it separately.

  28. dda53 says:

    Dmitrii, thanks for visiting my blog. I have certainly enjoyed your layout. Great compostitions and processing…just a great job. Take Care, David.

  29. dmitrii- when i view your photography, i like what your eye sees and doesn’t see :)
    thanks for liking my blog post(s)

  30. advsponge says:

    Great blog. Your passion for photography emanates from your work. Look forward to seeing more! Cheers~

  31. Oh my god oh my oh my!!! I am jealous! :D
    You have a lot of (I wish to have) gears. By the way, if a photographer was not awesom, gears wouldn’t help. You are just awesome yourself :)

    Bravo!

  32. johnhadden says:

    Hi Dmitrii,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I see that you were shooting with a D90 and then moved up to the full-sized D800. I’m shooting with a D90 now. Besides the greater pixel count, what other benefits are you seeing in moving to the D800? I’m considering a D600 myself as a more affordable full-frame body.
    Thanks,
    John

    • Dmitrii says:

      The quality of the photos from D800 is so much better than it was with D90. I do a lot of HDR and D800 can do up to 9 brackets at different intervals, with D90 I could do only 3. It has built in time lapse functions with ability to shoot a lot of photos or it can compile a time lapse movie for you. Most of the video you find on my site were made with D800 time lapse feature. And I’m sure there are many other functions that I have yet to use that didn’t exist in D90. My brief look at D600 revealed that it is lucking some of those advanced features too, maybe I didn’t look close enough though…

  33. Kavita Joshi says:

    thanks for sharing dear

  34. Kate says:

    Dimitrii, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love looking at your photos and know I can learn some useful tips here. Been interested in HDR for some time, but never have tried it. Maybe I will now.

  35. I use Samsung something-or-other which is a very reliable and light device. I do wish for a larger lens, though! what would you recommend?

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