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
- Canon 35mm f/1.4L
- Canon 50mm f/1.4
- Canon 100mm f/2.8L
- Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash (3)
- Manfrotto Mini-24 LED video light
- Lexar CF cards (100GB) and Pelican CF cases (4)
- Sandisk Extreme Plus SD cards (100GB)
- Holdfast Camera Swagg and Black Rapid WS-1 straps
- Lowepro Flipside 200
- Lowepro Pro Roller X100
- 3 lightstands, white umbrellas, and octobox
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 & Bridge for final adjustments and metadata edits.
- Batch+ and Storyboard are Photoshop scripts for speeding up my editing and blogging workflow.
- SmugMug for hosting client images and print fulfillment.
- WHCC and GTA Imaging for prints, canvas, and other products.
- ShootQ for client management, including contracts, invoicing, and workflow.
- Evernote for my to-do list.
- Moo prints my business cards, gift certificates, and other stationery.
I am available for one-on-one coaching in person or online. Sessions will cover whatever you need to talk about, whether that’s the technical aspects of photography, equipment, software, branding, editing, workflow, or just a dose of my “(sometimes brutal) honesty” (direct quote). I have a Master’s degree in Management (really!), and my goal is for you to walk away with a concrete plan of action for improving your photography or your business. Sessions are limited, so please email me to get started!
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