Did I get your attention?! This thought occurred to me after scouting a location a friend showed me (waving at Steph), where we saw three other photographers on photo shoots of their own. These photogs were toting more equipment than I take on my shoots.
One photographer had a swivel flash contraption attached to his camera. I think those are great, don’t get me wrong, but not necessarily for a shorter day shoot, in my opinion. He was also using a 70-200 … for what looked like an engagement shoot. To each his (or her) own, but that’s not my lens of choice for portraits. He may not have received the memo: It’s not the size that counts!
Another photog had an assistant with two flash units on one monopod that was aimed at a 5-in-one reflector (silver side).
I didn’t really notice what the third photog had with him because he was up a hill and behind a tree and by then, I was too busy checking out the scenery of the park.
I’m sure all of them got some great shots – as good as you can get at that time of day. I also believe they probably could have captured some equally great shots without the excess baggage. I believe in traveling as light as possible for the conditions and using natural light as much as possible. Often, you will see my camera without a flash attached. The 70-200 comes out when I can’t be right in the action. So I’m sort of “The Naked Photographer”.