Felix Hernandez, also known as Dreamphography, is a designer and conceptual photographer from Mexico. When’s he not dreaming up his next creation, he’s bringing his incredible concepts to life through the use of scale models and creative photographing techniques. To get a better idea of how he brings the tiny models to life-like size, Felix gives us a look at what’s in his gear bag.
Tell us how you go about deciding which gear is essential to your work.
I look for gadgets, lights or lenses that allow me to approach my projects in a more creative way. I’m not a gear/brand guy. I just think that the best gear is whatever helps you get the work done and that your wallet allows.
Canon 5D Mark III
DSLR camera with 22-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and wide range ISO setting of 100 – 25600
I have the Canon EF 24-105mm / Canon EF 50mm 1.4 / Canon EF 70 -200mm 2.8 / and the Canon EF 24mm TS (tilt-shift). Right now, I mostly use this lens because it allows me to get really close to the scale models, have them completely in frame (wide angle) and gives me great DoF and sharper images. It’s also great for getting creative angles and correcting distortion. For the kind of photography I do, it’s a great lens!
When shooting with studio flashes, I use Bowens. If I have to freeze some action, I go with my Einstein flashes due the short flash duration. But I also do a lot of light painting and for that I just use a regular LED flashlight that gives me great results. More often, I’m mixing studio flashes with light painting… long exposure photography at the studio!
I use a Lowepro backpack. I have been using this bag for more than eight years. The same one! It has traveled with me all around the world. Sure, it looks kind of dirty, but eight years!!! And it is in perfect condition. I think it will last for another five years without any problem. I just love it!
You can check out more of Felix’s work on his website, and make sure to check out our interview with him.
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