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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005Sun 25-Mar-12 04:38 AM
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"What Equipment inspires your creativity?"
Sun 25-Mar-12 04:38 AM by ZoneV

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For the equipment junkies or anyone interested in and inspired by specific photographic equipment:

What equipment or media inspire you to shoot and create your intermediate and/or final product?

For me:

-Fast aperture lenses/shallow DOF
You have to pick your focus carefully for impact

-Manual Film bodies
Slows me down

-Black and white film
gets rid of what is extraneous and is more tangible

-Wireless Speedlights and reflectors
because light is key

-Darkroom equipment
doing things the traditional way is rewarding

An undeniable paradox: To think that there is any such thing as an absolute rule is at worst naïve, and at best, shortsighted. There is no such thing as an always-true, all context- or situation-salient, absolute rule that always holds true…including this one!

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sun 25-Mar-12 06:44 AM
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Richmond, US
          

I dunno about inspiration, but fish eyes and macros help me get out of a rut...

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tekneektom Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Nov 2011Sun 25-Mar-12 11:02 AM
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1. tripod - slows me down
2. ultra wide angle lens (8 - 16mm)- forces me to carefully consider perspective

Tom

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JonK Moderator Awarded for his high level skills and in-depth knowledge in various areas, such as Wildlife, Landscape and Stage Photography Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004Sun 25-Mar-12 04:44 PM
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New York, US
          

• Shallow DOF
• Medium to long tells
• HDR

I would have listed multi-speedlight lighting, but I'm not yet good enough at creative usage.

Jon Kandel
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MikeBee Gold Member Charter MemberSun 25-Mar-12 04:47 PM
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Stamford, US
          

I'm with Brian. The 10.5mm is so small and simple, makes me really look at what I have in the viewfinder. Lot's of fun in any situation.

Mike

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laddad Gold Member Nikonian since 14th Nov 2005Sun 25-Mar-12 08:32 PM
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Kinston, NC, US
          

Tripod and Handheld Spot Lightmeter!

  

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MelT Registered since 06th Jul 2002Sun 25-Mar-12 09:45 PM
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Petersburg, US
          

To be honest, I have never really had a piece of equipment "inspire" my creativity. It is really a matter of having a piece of equipment that supports the vision I create in my mind. This said, I do love the Nikon Creative Lighting System with its compact nature and ease of use to create down and dirty lighting.


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grizzly200 Registered since 18th Dec 2011Sun 25-Mar-12 11:51 PM
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Mel said it well: having a piece of equipment that supports the vision I have in my mind.

Also, having equipment I know won't let me down when I grab it to capture a moment. My old reliable MF primes fill that bill, as do my 2 Nikon bodies--FM and D300.

James

  

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suzyk Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Dec 2011Mon 26-Mar-12 12:34 AM
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Al,

For a newcomer to photography; just the D90 and kit lens inspire me to look at the world more closely. Learning how everything works is a great buzz at this stage.

Nikonians, their images, stories and knowledge also inspire me.

Cheers,
Suzy

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HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Charter MemberMon 26-Mar-12 01:05 AM
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Phoenix, US
          

Al:

Nice question.

For me, it is solving lighting problems when photographing law enforcement officers at night in complex scenarios involving multiple subjects/groups, moving vehicles, charging K9 dogs, hovering helicopters, ... using my herd of twelve SB800s. Once I reached the limitations of Nikon's IR CLS technology, I acquired a herd+one of RF Pocket Wizards (six Plus II, and seven MultiMax units) and continued on my merry way in full manual mode. No big change for me, as I was in manual SU-4 mode with the herd most of the time anyway, because I often needed to illuminate more than three groups of subjects. The greatest advantage of the PW approach is greater range, and I can hide remote units behind subjects and other set components and not worry about line of sight alignment.

In my personal view, illumination is the sine qua non of photography.

Regards,

HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
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Fovea Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Sep 2002Mon 26-Mar-12 03:47 PM
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Colombo, LK
          

Light Modifiers

PocketWizards

Tripods and Heads

Regards
Dinil




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rectangularimage Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Oct 2009Mon 26-Mar-12 06:31 PM
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San Diego, US
          

A bottle of wine? But that's not equipment. Well then a corkscrew.

....Mike

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smb_ohio Registered since 18th Mar 2006Tue 03-Apr-12 02:17 PM
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Canton, US
          

Where is the "like" button??

Steve

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Canton, US
          

The only creativity that any equipment inspires in me is with regard to the justifications I must create to tell my wife why I need to buy another piece of gear.

As to what equipment best supports any visual creativity I may have, then hands-down my answer would be a tripod, as it helps me to better visualize a subject regardless of the lens or camera mounted to it.

Steve

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GiantTristan Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006Tue 03-Apr-12 04:12 PM
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Tue 03-Apr-12 04:14 PM by GiantTristan

Stamford, US
          

Zeiss lenses and the 14-24/2.8.

Tristan

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St. Paul, US
          

I am inspired mostly by equipment that works very well. Originally it was the F100. Now it is generally a full-bodied Nikon.

More correctly it is whatever equipment fits my current feeling. Sometimes a long lens for sports/action. Maybe a 50mm prime or the 24mm f/1.4 for simplicity. The macro lenses can be very fun in the house with a good stereo, a beverage, and no need to go anywhere.

Daniel McGowan
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