Seawolf Pack: Daniel Wongi Kim

On top of juggling a full course load at UAA, Daniel Wongi Kim is also a full time professional photographer based here in Anchorage, Alaska. Within the past five years, he’s produced an impressive portfolio consisting of images of senior portraits, engagements, weddings, and even commercial client work. While gear isn’t everything and it’s the photographer to ultimately produce a photograph, it’s interesting to note one’s tools of choice. I sat down with Kim and here’s what we found in his bag.

The Hundreds Paparazzi Camera Bag – used by and passed down from other photographers in the Anchorage area, this bag serves to hold all his gear as well as act as a rite of passage of sorts for entering the professional photography industry.

Canon EOS 6D – a full frame 35mm DSLR that is versatile enough to handle a wide variety of subject material. Although it’s been in production for a few years now, it still has one of the best low light sensors on the market.

Sigma ART 24mm f/1.4 – a wide angle lens perfect for cityscapes, street photography and landscapes.

Sigma ART 35mm f/1.4 – one of the sharpest 35mm full frame lenses available, this lens is great for environmental portraiture.

Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4 – a slightly tighter “normal” lens for full frame cameras. This is perhaps the sharpest 50mm lens south of $4000.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 – one of the best bang-for-buck portrait lenses available for Canon photographers, this is his favorite portrait lens.

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 – standard telephoto zoom lens that is used for both portraiture and landscapes.

SD memory card – digital media for use with the DSLR.

Minolta film camera – sometimes it’s necessary to switch things up and go analog to keep things interesting.

Roll of Tri-X 35mm black and white film – this is his favorite emulsion of black and white negative film.

Apple iPhone 5S, USB cable, and mechanical pencil – daily necessities.

Apple Macbook Pro – primary image editing and processing machine for his personal and business work.

Portable hard drive – digital images can start to take up large amounts of space so it’s necessary to have one of these.

Apple iPad Mini – for displaying work to potential clients and other shenanigans.

Herschel Supply Co. iPad Mini case – he loves all things Herschel.

Book – he usually carries at least one book in his bag, in case he gets bored. Pictured here is a poetry book by Lang Leav.

Although Kim uses thousands of dollars worth of equipment to produce the amazing imagery he does, he wanted to re-iterate the most valuable tool he has is his eye. He encourages anyone wanting to dabble in photography to pick up any camera, whether it be a DSLR, point-and-shoot or phone camera to start shooting and develop their photographic vision first and worry about the technicalities of gear later.

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These are the contents in the bag of Daniel Wongi Kim, professional portrait photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo credit: Young Kim

Check out Seawolf Pack next week for another bag breakdown.