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What’s in my Camera Bag?

When I used to shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, I had a whole system based on the Kata 3n1-20. That thing was superbly designed. It was a backpack that could be used as a sling for lefties and righties. It had a trolley system so you can use it as a roll-on bag. It even had a tripod/monopod holder that I regularly used. It was great. It was always ready. I could pick up and travel with me anywhere in a moment’s notice. It could carry the pro body, 5 lenses, all the chargers, miscellaneous gadgets, and even an iPad. But, fully laden, it weighed up to 40lbs.

The switch to the FF mirrorless Sony A7 has been a joy. Superior image quality at half the size and weight. With the smaller camera, I was also able to significantly lighten my gear. To quote Lotus cars founder Collin Chapman:

“Simplify, then add lightness”

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Portrait Photography with MK Tran

It seems like everybody is a professional photographer nowadays. While film was a high barrier to entry both in terms of cost and skill, the digital revolution has since democratized the photography industry. With that, the term “professional” seems to weigh less now than it used to.

Then you come across somebody like MKTran. A Boston native with a spectacular eye for beauty. He is not your Ken Rockwell types obsessed over gear and begging for donations. He is not your Steve Huff or Matt Granger types, better known for their opinions on photography than for their actual work. No. MKTran is a professional photographer in the purist sense of the words. He creates beautiful images that leave you wondering, yearning, and feeling. His work speaks for itself. Here is the man behind these mesmerizing images.

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iLHP: Hi MKTran, I am a huge fan of your work. When I see most photographs, 90% of the time, I’d tend to think “gosh, I can do that.” But when I look at your work, the emotion you are able to capture, the subtle nuances, I just have no idea how you do it. Please tell us a bit about yourself. We want to know the photographer behind those images. 

MK Tran: Thanks for your compliments Ed. I’d be happy to. I grew up in a tropical beach town in Vietnam. Immigrated here in 1998, and Boston has been my home since. I love music. I own three guitars. I love jazz. I am an audiophile, we can talk hi-fi all day. I started shooting two years ago in 2012. I love single malt Scotch. 

iLHP: Only two years ago, that is very recent. Did you go to art school?
MKTran: No. Art school would be interesting, though I don’t think creativity can be taught. Art is a relationship with yourself, so you’re better off traveling or absorbing life in some other way.

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