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