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Inside My Digicam Bag | Alina Rudya

My title is Alina Rudya, I’m initially from Ukraine however reside 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, automotive producers, digital producers as my predominant purchasers. I labored with Nikon, Mercedes-Benz and Samsung amongst others.

I’ve additionally revealed a couple of books – by monograph Prypyat mon Amour in 2016 (about folks, who like me had 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 sphere of journey images.

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

My first critical 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 taking pictures with the Nikon F600 and F610, then F850 earlier than shifting 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 vital for business images, however one is at all times in a position to enhance images abilities utilizing a Smartphone. I used to be a cell shooter for a very long time and even received prizes with my Smartphone photos (like a Smithsonian Images Award).


Nikon Z7

Nikon Z6

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

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


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 really like for structure, portraits and landscapes. I really like the depth of area and the compressed house it creates.

NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S – I began utilizing 35mm as a substitute of my earlier 50mm for portraits since it’s extra versatile in the case of 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 trustworthy.


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

{Hardware} & Software program

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

On my cellphone, I principally use VSCO and Lightroom Cellular. I nearly by no means use presets, however I’ve an eye fixed for shiny 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 ordinary edit doesn’t last more than 5 minutes until it’s business 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 a extra space for anything =)

Last Phrases

Folks at all times underestimate the burden of my backpack. With a digicam, three lenses and normally a drone and a MacBook Professional inside, it isn’t a lightweight one! | @rrrudya

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