Design, Photography, & Fashion

Gear: Cameras, Lenses, Power, and Storage

Jimmy Chin

Lesson time 12:57 min

Jimmy describes which cameras, lenses, and accessories he takes with him on shoots—and why.

Jimmy Chin
Teaches Adventure Photography
National Geographic photographer teaches his techniques for planning, capturing, and editing breathtaking photos.
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Jimmy Chin has built his career taking photos at the top of the world, earning him the cover of National Geographic and multiple awards. Now he’s taking you on location to teach you techniques for capturing breathtaking shots. In his photography class, learn different creative approaches for commercial shoots, editorial spreads, and passion projects. Gather the gear—and the perspective—to bring your photography to new heights.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Gave a very new vision and outlook and how to approach subject elements and to craft the art.

I was very excited to take his class - he is a MN man and has a great eye for capturing the beauty of the moment.

Loved the amount of detail Jimmy gives in these lessons. I enjoyed getting more depth into his journey as well.

I love that he said, if it's already been done, make sure you bring different levels to the script! That was my biggest take away!


Peter S.

he just says things that are all common sense. There are no details. Master Class , my $%&

Peter S.

Pretty much all of these classes are completely Worthless. I came into the MasterClass with a lot of questions and expectations. Should I get a teleconverter lens? Tell me in your 20 classes many scenarios that you use different lenses. Tell me why this f-stop is preferable. What are the settings of your national geographic photos? What are ideal combinations of f-stop, Iso and aperture to get proper photos outside vs inside. Midday vs night time, etc. Jimmy Chin ends up talking about things like "you need to allow yourself to fail." Yea, no kidding, I already learn those lessons everyday in my own life and my own career. This is a waste of money. I literally learned more about photography from the first 5 minutes from ANY YOUTUBE VIDEO or from the first five minutes of any photography book or the first 5 minutes from taking a photography class. He just wastes your time telling you stories about when he was a kid, waiting tables, working for his mentors, how Conrad is his best friend, etc, etc, etc.

Christian L.

would have been a lot usefull to get to numbers for storage... how many Go per days for photo / videos... exemples of SSD Drives... more info on that part please...

A fellow student

Question about storage: If I'm not carrying a laptop I can copy the contents of SD cards to my phone using a USB-C SD reader, but what I'd really like to do is connect two SD cards, or an SD card and SSD, and use my phone to copy from one to the other, making multiple copies. I tried a USB hub but that didn't work (possibly the phone doesn't support multiple devices on the USB and can't power an SSD). Any (reasonably priced) suggestions? Attached is a pic of my unsuccessful USB-C hub experiment. I would love to be able to make backups like this, somehow.

A fellow student

Just a photo enthusiast here. I primarily use an ultra-wide angle zoom (17-40, maybe I'll upgrade to the 16-35 someday), plus a 70-200 and 50mm prime on hikes. After watching this, I rented the 24-70 2.8 for a trip to Yosemite in the recent heavy snowstorms and I loved it. Only a few times I wished for something wider but in general a good range and I didn't want to change lenses in those conditions. BTW I carry it in a miggo agua stormproof holster which does a great job in snow, rain, and hail. Any other lenses I simply wrap up carefully and put in my backpack. I don't want to spend money on another pack designed for cameras. If I could find a lightweight, compact protective insert I'd go for that, but still looking. Oh and here's what I captured on that hike in Yosemite. Looking up at the sheer face of half dome. We were snow shoeing past mirror lake when the sun came out for half a minute to shine a spotlight on those trees. Shot at 70mm f/9. The falling show is backlit, making it look like dark splotches so at some point I'll go in and heal brush all that.

Jim C.

Nice set of equipment. Some of the lenses are more expensive than the camera bodies. Canon in the last year has come out with a mirrorless series of bodies. I haven’t heard any reviews, but have heard professional photographer friends praise mirrorless in general for their lightness, among other things. Solid state drives is a good tip.

Cam D.

Any thoughts on mirrorless bodies, especially in relation to the types of shoots you do, and in the sometimes harsh environments you shoot in?

Amelia D.

I’m curious how many camera batteries Jimmy takes with him and if they lose their charges quickly up high in the cold.

Erich R.

Hey Jimmy, I would love to know more about your thoughts on camera bags. I guess the real question would be how you store your camera when you are an active member of a team. Backpacks: Do you usually use a camera bag that can accommodate for the alpine or a climbing back that can fit camera gear inside? I know it probably varies depending on the situation. I recently read Jonathan Griffith's article, where he says he usually just tosses the camera in the climbing bag without a cap and just a filter (article below). Camera Bags: Do you usually have a camera bag external to you, or is that just for rock? How do you have quick access to your camera in alpine climbing situations where you are climbing with the group. Thank you so much for this course, it has helped me tremendously. Erich Roepke

Christian L.

Would love to know what is this TNF camera bag he use on climbs? And where I can find it.