Photography

This page is dedicated to fellow photographers who follow my work as well as any hobbyist out there interested in the technical side or the gear I use to create me photos. Of course, there are a million “things” you can buy and another million ways to use them. Photography is truly an art. This is just the technical stuff.

 

Camera

I use a pair of identical Nikon D7000s when I shoot. One fitted with a battery grip and 70-200 f/2.8 lens. The other fitted with a 17-55 f/2.8.  I utilize the custom user settings and both are set exactly the same. This way I have a backup body in case one fails and it also saves me from having to switch glass on the fly.

I decided on Nikon’s most popular cropped frame because initially when I made the investment I wanted to focus more on the lighting investment. Since then, they have always worked for me so I have never had the need to upgrade to full frame. Maybe some day. Maybe.

 

Glass

My favorite lenses are Nikon’s 17-55 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8. I use these two die-hards 90% of the time.  I also have a fixed 50mm f/1.8  & 35 mm f/1.8 that I use for family/travel/ and kids on the run.

 

Lighting

I own a truckload of lighting gear (literally, it fills my Silverado). What I use depends on the job.

On-location small and quick jobs: I use the Yongnuo 560II speedlights. These are inexpensive (and killer) lights. The only run about $60 on Amazon and worth every penny. These are all manual speedlights. I use the Yongnuo triggers to fire them wirelessly. If you are a TTL person, they wont work. I prefer to shoot manual to have full control, and these rock.

For large volume and/or projects that require a lot of light: I go with Paul C. Buff’s Alien Bee’s. I have a pair of AB800s and just about every light modifier PCB makes. I love them.

 

Travel

Pelican cases are the way to go. You can toss em, rock em, pick them up and drop them. I think you can even put them underwater (yet to try).  They are an investment, but when you have THOUSANDS of $$ worth of gear inside it makes sense.

2013 Chevy Silverado. OK, so I cant write this one off as a business expense, but it carries all my gear and helps me get to those remote locations around New England.

 

 

Bonus

**I purchase most everything directly from Amazon. The products are new, ship fast, and I earn rewards simply for shopping.  My Alien Bee’s and strobe equipment is purchased directly from Paul C. Buff- the only place to get it brand new.

 

**Links are directed to Amazon via my affiliate account. I only recommend and link to products I love. By using these links and purchasing these products, it will credit my account and help me buy more gear. Thanks.