I love tools just as much as any photographer. However, without an artist and the creative process, tools are just tools. Yes, I want to purchase the best tools I can afford, and it is often true, you get what you pay for. However, most of us have a limited budget, and we have to be wise in purchasing the right tools. Don’t be swayed by thinking that to create amazing images you have to have all the bells and whistles. You can rock the world with one camera, one lens and one light. The bottom line is just get out and create!

The Canon 5DSR is without question my favorite camera.  With 50 mega pixels it give me the resolution to meet the demands of my commercial clients and my fine art needs.

EQUIPMENT LIST

Cameras

Lenses

The Canon 35mm 1.4  II is quickly becoming one of my favorite go to portrait lenses.  Shot wide open at the f/1.4 you get a wide angle yet ultra shallow depth of field.

Canon 90mm f/2.8 Macro II Lens

Canon 85mm 1.4 Lens

Canon 50 mm 1.2 Lens

Canon 50 mm 1.8 Lens

Modifiers

Finally a collapsible beauty dish that you can use not only in the studio but also take on the road.  What a joy to be a part of designing this product.

Tripod & Accesories

Purchase the right tripod and you can have it for life.  If you watch my behind the scenes, 99% of the time I am shooting on a tripod. The sturdier the platform the sharper the image.  

Digital Printers


We are in the greatest age of photography and for the prints side of things it really could not get much better.  In my opinion Canon is at the pinnacle of the fine art printing technology.  

Digital Storage

It is easy to forget how important it is to have all your images backed up properly.  Remember, if it is possible for something to fail it will fail.  So have multiple backups.  

Lighting

I break down my lighting options into three categories: Portability, High Speed Sync and High Flash Duration. Each has its function.  Typically I need at least three lights for each application.  

Godox AD 600

Bags/Cases

There is no such thing as a bag the does eveything.  It is hard to go wrong between Think Tank and Pelican.  

The Start to Finish Series

Follow Joel as he take you through the whole process with one final image from start to finish

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Two Full Day Workshop

Joel has recorded over six hour of teaching and behind the scenes training from one of his two day workshops

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The Master Series Collection

Joel's original series of topics from portrait lighting to post processing in Photoshop

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Portrait Photography On Location

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Seven Tutorials demontrating different techniques strobing portraits on location in the field

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Two Day Live Workshop

Study with Joel in one of his personal two day workshops.  Over seven hours of hands on shooting with amazing models

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