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Inside My Digicam Bag | Alina Rudya

My title is Alina Rudya, I’m initially from Ukraine however stay and work in Berlin, Germany. I’ve studied images in Berlin (Lette-Verein) and in NYC (Parsons). I’ve been a contract photographer for the previous six years, working within the area of journey, life-style and automotive.

I’ve labored with journey boards, automobile producers, digital producers as my major shoppers. I labored with Nikon, Mercedes-Benz and Samsung amongst others.

I’ve additionally printed a number of books – by monograph Prypyat mon Amour in 2016 (about individuals, who like me have been evacuated from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone after the Accident on the Chernobyl Nuclear energy plant in 1986), in addition to Bell Collective (2019), which I curated and which options 14 feminine photographers from the sector of journey images.

A couple of years in the past I began Bell Collective as a collective of feminine skilled photographers whose frequent objective is to interrupt the stereotypes surrounding ladies, journey and inventive selections.

My first severe digicam was a Nikon D300, since then I used to be utilizing Canon for a short time however got here again to Nikon. I used to be capturing with the Nikon F600 and F610, then F850 earlier than transferring to the mirrorless system – now I shoot on Nikon Z6 and Z7 solely.

I’m additionally a drone pilot – my first drone was a DJI Spark, however now I’m utilizing a DJI Mavic 2 Professional.

I feel that gear is essential for industrial images, however one is at all times in a position to enhance images abilities utilizing a Smartphone. I used to be a cellular shooter for a very long time and even received prizes with my Smartphone photos (like a Smithsonian Pictures Award).


Nikon Z7

Nikon Z6

I want mirrorless cameras as a result of they’re lighter than DSLR (excellent for touring), plus I began capturing movies and a lighter digicam is best for the gimbal.

I’m a Nikon Ambassador for the previous two and a half years, so all my gear is Nikon, although that was at all times my digicam of selection.


NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/2.8 S – Versatile all-rounder. Nice for journey, panorama, portraits.

NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S – A tele lens I like for structure, portraits and landscapes. I like the depth of area and the compressed house it creates.

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S – I began utilizing 35mm as an alternative of my earlier 50mm for portraits since it’s extra versatile with regards to displaying extra of the background/surroundings.

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S – Nice for portraits, however that is the least used lens I’ve to be sincere.


Most images luggage I’ve owned have been both not comfy sufficient, or too heavy. Now I want strolling with a standard backpack with an additional photo-inside. I want to not journey with greater than three lenses on the similar time, so an even bigger backpack simply provides weight.

{Hardware} & Software program

I principally work in Adobe Lightroom. Typically I edit photos in Photoshop, however that could be a very uncommon event since I don’t like over-processed photographs.

On my telephone, I principally use VSCO and Lightroom Cell. I nearly by no means use presets, however I’ve a watch for vivid colours and distinction, so many individuals assume I add colours in Photoshop. In actual life I simply look out for colourful environment and conditions, performing solely a slight shade correction in Lightroom.

My regular edit doesn’t last more than 5 minutes except it’s industrial work or a portrait, the place a extra detailed edit of the pores and skin is required.


After stuffing my backpack with gear, there isn’t any more room for anything =)

Remaining Phrases

Individuals at all times underestimate the load of my backpack. With a digicam, three lenses and normally a drone and a MacBook Professional inside, it’s not a lightweight one! | @rrrudya

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