Hello all people!
I’m Giacomo d’Orlando, and I’m an Italian documentary photographer centered on environmental tales associated to local weather change.
By my tales, I hope to transmit my love for nature and lift consciousness concerning the significance of preserving our surroundings.
I’m a really optimistic particular person, and I consider we have to share optimistic tales to encourage change on this world. Because of this in my work, I’m exhibiting each the impacts of local weather change and the options that native communities and scientific authorities are endeavor to enhance our future.
I began my profession as a photographer in 2011 in a photographic studio in Verona, my start city. After virtually 4 years, I jumped right into a photojournalism profession that introduced me to dwell in numerous international locations reminiscent of Nepal, Peru, Thailand, New Zealand, and Australia.
So you possibly can think about that over that point, my gear has been by some modifications.
Whereas I used to be working within the photographic studio, I had the nice alternative of capturing with a lot of gear. Every thing from a view digicam to DSLR and many various lenses, plus a various array of lighting techniques
I’ve been fairly fortunate. I must say!
Throughout these years, I’ve taken benefit of the photographic data of my grasp Giampaolo Mascalzoni. On his suggestion, I purchased my first skilled digicam, a Nikon D800 and a sequence of Nikon prime lenses reminiscent of Nikon 28mm f/1.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.4 and Nikon 85mm f/1.8.
I like my Nikon 800 and after so a few years, I do know each little particularity of her. I do know precisely how one can get essentially the most from her for my work.
I’m pondering of upgrading my digicam to a Nikon D850, which is a really comparable digicam however with a few upgraded options. Nonetheless, I’m a little bit of a romantic and really hooked up to my outdated digicam so I hold delaying.
I used to be additionally pondering of adjusting the system and passing to a mirrorless physique. Nonetheless, each the digital viewfinder (of which I’m positively not a fan) and the prices are pushing me away from this concept, even when I’d have the prospect to journey barely lighter.
In the beginning of my profession as a photojournalist, I used to be working primarily on social points; this gear was simply excellent, even when typically I want I had some extra discreet digicam to shoot in not-so-comfortable locations.
The large modifications in my gear started within the final three years once I completely fell in love with the ocean and my dedication to telling environmental tales.
Since then, I’ve realized that I wanted to vary gear in my profession and present my actual capabilities in storytelling. I wished to have the ability to present my perspective of the world from each angle doable, or relatively from beneath the water floor with an underwater digicam and from the sky with a drone.
Regardless of my want to journey as calmly as doable, I added to my shoulders quite a lot of new gear that makes me appear to be a donkey once I’m touring. Ultimately, I resign myself to the truth that I would like the gear for the kind of work I’ve in my thoughts.
So, you may ask your self, what’s the gear you’re touring with throughout your expeditions?
Nikon D800 – my old flame, the digicam I exploit for all the things, and she or he is at all times with me.
Nikon D7500 – the second digicam I bought to shoot underwater. For me, it was a great compromise between value, picture high quality, and weight.
I’m fairly glad with it, however sooner or later however I’m pondering of switching to a full body to shoot underwater.
DJI Mini 3 Professional – my small drone that I completely love. Small, mild, good-quality footage regardless of its value. It’s my eyes from the sky!
Nimar Water Housing – the most affordable choice I discovered to allow my digicam to go underwater safely. Because it’s made from silicon and never steel, it’s lighter to hold, which is certainly good, however let’s say that it’s essential be fairly expert to beat some issues that may come up.
Nikon 28mm f/1.8 – an excellent lens that I used for nearly all the things in my reportages. From panorama pictures to every day life pictures and even for wider portraits, it’s positively my favourite!
Nikon 50mm f/1.4 – simply the lens that’s inconceivable to not have. Portrait-wise, it’s fantastic.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 – for my part, this lens compliments the 50mm for a portrait. I exploit it once I have to take a extra institutional face portrait of related folks in my tales.
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 micro – an excellent lens that grew to become my toy in capturing the scientific aspect of my tales inside laboratories. I’m having a lot enjoyable capturing nonetheless life with it and enjoying with patterns, due to the nearer perspective I can get.
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 – my one and solely lens to shoot underwater with my Nikon D7500. It’s a great compromise between value and high quality and only a versatile wide-angle lens.
Nikon SB 910 AF Flash Mild – as soon as once more, I’m utilizing lighting techniques, particularly for portraits, after having shot with pure mild for nearly 5 years. This mild is beneficial when the pure mild is flat or too sturdy.
An excellent software to have if it’s essential shoot portraits below the noon solar or to provide extra punch to a scientific lab scene.
Inon D2000 – my strobe for the underwater world. Due to them, I can reveal the actual colour of the marine atmosphere and its fauna.
Gitzo Traveler Tripod – a carbon fiber tripod that I exploit in some ways, from lengthy exposures, but additionally as a sort of assistant once I want to maneuver round with my flash or torches to light up the scene. It’s like a private assistant.
Over time, I’ve discovered to purchase what gear is strictly needed for myself and likewise to be value good.
I’m continually looking for good alternatives within the second-hand market as, let’s be sincere; you’re not turning into wealthy doing this job!
A very powerful software for a photographer is their very own private view and a powerful ardour. Good gear may make your job simpler however it’s not the basic half.
My recommendation is to be passionate, decided, and humble. Have good experiences, journey as a lot as you possibly can, and put your self within the place of telling a narrative you’re keen on.
By doing this, you possibly can transmit your like to different folks and take footage that arouse feelings.
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