This page answers some of the common questions I get from other photographers. If you still have questions, email me and I may be able to help!
A couple of thoughts on buying gear: you don’t need all the things. You can rent equipment to try before you buy, or to tide you over. Avoid the temptation to buy cheap gear that you’ll turn around and resell… work on mastering one thing while you save up for something good. One decent body and one great lens will get you through just about anything (but please have a back-up body and lens when photographing someone’s wedding). This is my kit:
- Canon 5D Mk III
- Canon 6D
- Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art
- Canon 35mm f/1.4L
- Canon 50mm f/1.4
- Canon 100mm f/2.8L
- Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash (3)
- Lexar CF cards (100GB) and Pelican CF cases (4)
- Sandisk Extreme Plus SD cards (100GB)
- Holdfast Camera Swagg and Black Rapid WS-1 straps
- Amazon Basics DSLR and Laptop Backpack
- 1 lightstand
POST-PRODUCTION & OTHER STUFF
I try to keep things simple in post-production: bright, colourful images and strong black & whites that will hopefully be timeless. I don’t do heavy editing (airbrushing faces, liquefying bodies) or colour-shifting.
- Photo Mechanic for culling images.
- Lightroom for the majority of my editing, and RAW to JPG conversion.
- Photoshop for final adjustments.
- Batch+ and Storyboard are Photoshop scripts for speeding up my editing and blogging workflow.
- SmugMug for hosting client images and print fulfillment.
- Táve for client management, including contracts, invoicing, and workflow.
- Teux-Deux for my to-do list.
- Moo prints my business cards, gift certificates, and other stationery.
View all posts tagged “for photographers” here.
- A photographer’s off-season to do list
- How to get a photography mentor
- Rebranding my business: logo design, deliverables, website design
- How I prepare for a wedding
- What I wear to a wedding
- Thoughts on my first WPPI experience here and here; What If conference here
- My photographic style
- My workflow
- All kinds of behind the scenes photos here