I am a happy amateur photographer who's had photography as a hobby since I got my first camera when I was 14 years old. After I had moved from home at an age of sixteen, I purchased my first SLR camera, it was a Praktica LTL-3.
After a few years I got a Ricoh SLR, XR-2s with a battery grip, and that camera followed me for quite a long time until I switched over to Nikon. After many years with Nikon film camera, the digital age came and made me buy a Nikon D1 and a Nikon D100. After that I have had several DSLR cameras, all Nikon, until my Nikon D810 which I used until 2017.
Just before christmas 2016, I started to wonder if the time had come to look for camera gear that would be easier to carry around when hiking in the mountains and woods. Part of that decision was also that I wanted a camera and a variaty of lenses that would be easier to take with me on my motorcycle trips. It's always a question of balance when it comes to packing gear on a motorcycle.
My Nikon camera gear was very well organised in a LowePro Large ProTactic camera backpack. When it was fully loaded its weight was close to 25 kg. It was packed with one camera housing, and some lenses covering the range from 15mm to 600mm.
Then I purchased an Olympus OM-D EM-1 mkII and the PRO lenses that cover the range from 14mm to 800mm, and all equipment well organised in a ThinkTank Sling-O-Matic so I didn't have to take it off to open it and get to the gear, I just sling it around so it get in front of me and then I have access to all of my photo gear. After picking what I wanted, I slanged it back again and I was ready to shoot. This bag weights in at 6,5 kg. That's quite a difference vs the Nikon gear backpack. I was pleased, looking forward to take with me the Olympus gear when the woods were free of snow and the spring and summer started.
Right now, six years after switching from Nikon to Olympus, I have aquired more of the M.Zuiko PRO lenses, and I have also purchased an Olympus OM-D E-M1X. I will probably replace the "old" OM-D EM-1 MkII with another E-M1X, or maybe the new OM-1 with a battery grip.
For editing digital images I have tested a lot of systems and applications, and I have landed on a solution that works for me. My photo editing is done in Capture One and LightRoom Classic. I have all my gallery albums set up with Smart albums in LightRoom Classic, and from there I publish my images to the proper galleries on this website.
For other images, like projects for others, and funny stuff I create and manipulate, I use Photoshop since that kind of work has to be done with applications capable of much more that a photo editing program like LightRoom or Capture One can do.
For photo asset management, I used Extensis Portfolio for a long time, but all photo editing applications today have been quite good at this, so now I keep the asset management inside LightRoom Classic and Bridge. That said, Extensis Portfolio has been, and still is, a very powerful asset management tool.
Photography have for me, always been a fantastic journey throughout all these years, and with the possibilities we all have with digital photo equipment and digital image editing, only our own imagination can stop the creativity.