What’s in the bag?

Camera bag with equipment.

A few of the small items I’ll bring on shoots.

My first camera was a 35mm Pentax K1000 SLR with a 28-70mm f/2.8-4 Sigma lens. I toted around an aluminum tripod and shutter release cable and photos took a relatively long time to make. With the advent of digital, I adapted fairly quickly after picking up a Canon 20D along with a trusty Canon 50mm f/1.4 which I still use to this day.

My current bodies are a Canon 5D MkI that is my backup camera and a Canon 6D which works well for nearly all conditions. I found the sync speed of 1/160 second doesn’t really hinder my shots since I often shoot at 1/125 with studio strobes anyway.

One can never have too many lenses! I have a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 for architecture and travel, a Canon 35mm f/2 for street photography, a Canon 50mm f/1.4 as a photo workhorse, a Canon 85mm f/1.8 for live bands and shallow depth-of-field shots, and a 70-200mm f/4 for fashion, beauty, and runway.

I shoot almost 100% of my work with White Lightning and AlienBees studio strobes and various modifiers. I seem to do better when I’m able to control lights versus relying on ambient light which is often either too bright or too dark and tends to change quickly in my climate.

Other accessories I like to use are the Whi-Bal card to grab an accurate white balance, neutral density filters, polarizing filters, a Manfrotto monopod, and various sized Slik tripods I keep in the trunk of my car.  I use an Opteka Excursion Series C500 canvas shoulder bag.

My photos have appeared in such publications as: Glamour, Seventeen, Guitar World, Madison Magazine, and Digital Photographer (UK).

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