Inside My Digicam Bag | Jan Dancak


How is it going, everybody? My title is Jan Dancak, a Czech photographer primarily based in North Iceland. My essential ardour has all the time been panorama and journey pictures.

Ever since I used to be a child, I’ve all the time been working across the mountains, and as quickly as I received my first digicam, a Canon 7D, I immediately fell in love with the method of capturing and sharing the second with others.

Presently, I’m turning my ardour for pictures right into a full-time job. There’s a lot to study, and it’s as troublesome as everybody says it’s, however I’m loving it!

I primarily focus on creating on-line media content material for native companies within the tourism discipline, and though the outside is my essential supply of inspiration, I take into account myself an all-around picture shooter.

I really like studying new abilities and troubleshooting, and that’s why I’ve additionally been having fun with assignments on merchandise or architectural pictures.

Predominant Gear Speak

To be sincere with you, I’m not an enormous gear head. For me, it’s all the time been nearly reliability and ease. I assume that’s why I nonetheless shoot on my Canon 5D MK IV, which does the whole lot I would like.  I’ve all the time been a  proponent of working with what you could have and never falling right into a lure of chasing the most recent tech.

It’s good to take into account that the most effective gear doesn’t all the time get you the most effective photograph. That being stated, I’m starting to get into videography, and that’s the place I’m beginning to see a risk of switching or getting a second physique devoted solely to video.

Cameras

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – as I discussed, that is the digicam physique I’ve been utilizing for some time now. I’ve beforehand owned the Mark II and the Mark III, and so they by no means disenchanted. It’s not as gentle or as compact as one would generally want, however the tank could be very dependable.

Lenses

Canon 17-40mm f/4 – that is maybe the lens that I’ve owned for the longest interval, and it has now shot hundreds of photographs. Once I know that the motion might be shut or after I discover myself on a slim mountain ridge, this lens is my go-to. 

Canon 24-70mm f2.8L – ever since selecting up this lens for the primary time, I may perceive the hype round it. Regardless of its weight, it’s such an important versatile lens and often the one I select to carry alongside if I wish to maintain issues easy.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 – for any motion or panorama, it’s vital for me.

Tamron 70-300mm f/4 – due to its dimension and weight, this lengthy lens is one I all the time pack for snowboarding or mountaineering.

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 – my favorite vast lens for capturing auroras.

Canon 50mm f/1.8 – there have been many instances when I’ve requested myself if I nonetheless must have this lens within the bag after not utilizing it for weeks. Then there’s all the time that at some point after I get inventive or problem myself that I’m glad that I’ve it, all the time stoked with the result.

{Hardware} & Software program

I primarily use Lightroom after which Photoshop if a picture wants slightly bit extra like to take away folks or undesirable issues like powerlines. I usually use my very own presets in Lightroom, and I’ll usually create a special or particular preset for a person shoot.

Davinci Resolve is one thing that I’m starting to work on with the video. After attempting a number of completely different applications, that is the software program I’ll almost certainly stick to for some time as I discover the consumer interface and workflow to be higher than a number of the competitors. The variety of options generally is a bit overwhelming at first as it’s for skilled use.  

Misc.

Whereas scripting this, I’m sitting in my van surrounded by completely different out of doors gear, scratching my head over what folks would possibly discover fascinating and slowly realising that this might take some time. However what?

A cellphone is a superb software that everybody has an entry to, and the expertise of those gadgets has improved a lot through the years that that is one thing actually anybody moving into pictures or filmmaking can use as their main easy-to-use digicam with out breaking a financial institution to seize their adventures.

I’ve my iPhone 11 that I take advantage of to shoot issues for Instagram reels and tales. I additionally use it to seize moments I do know are just for my very own particular person the place I don’t want knowledgeable digicam.

Last Phrases

Images is a unending means of studying, and I believe that it’s so straightforward to get overwhelmed by the quantity of content material and data on-line.

Bear in mind, there’s all the time going to be somebody higher than you and yearly, there’ll be a brand new piece of tech that you just don’t have. That’s why I believe that it’s nice to be impressed by others and educated in what’s new, however spend much more time simply having fun with the method and focusing by yourself progress. 

Most significantly, simply have enjoyable with it!

www.jandancak.com | @jan_dancak



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