Enough people inquire regularly that it was time to write this. I believe the right gear for you is the gear that allows you to complete the task at hand. If that means light and quick travel, it could just be a pocket point-n-shoot, alternatively travel documentary could vary from rolling cases to a simple shoulder pack full of gear. Don’t let the choices I’ve made reflect on what you should purchase. The gear I use from camera bodies to accessories has been based on a work-first attitude. The varied disciplines of photography that I participate in have brought such a range of weather and environments ranging from “this is stupid” to “what did I get myself into?” shooting conditions. I say to my students regularly, it’s not about buying the best equipment, instead, it’s about finding the pieces that best suit your needs. The list below is a snapshot of what currently suit mine. My gear is chosen to deliver a level of image quality that my projects demand while ensuring the durability my adventures & travels have required.
The best situations thus far
- Macau SAR: 38 degrees in the sun, 90% humidity and I wore a black shirt
- Hong Kong SAR: 28 degrees in the harbour, dinner at Victoria Peak was suddenly 10 degrees with the wind howling, I wore shorts and decided to take an hour long panoramic photo.
- Lake Louise, Alberta: 20 degrees, beautiful summer, a long hike and oh right, I fell down a mountain trail. Not one bit of damage to equipment that went flying. My ego, that’s still recovering.
- Vancouver, British Columbia: Maegan says differently, I say the dolphin tried to kill me. Water + camera equipment, soaked. The camera never skipped a beat. Even when my strap let go and it hit the concrete
Why Canon? Because it’s what I learned on and I don’t have to look twice to change any settings. As a result of this familiarity, everything else is backwards to me and I just stand with a confused look. I have no interest in Canon vs Nikon debates. I have friends that shoot comparables and others who shoot with competitors. People make the image, the camera is simply a tool you choose and as I started with above, you should have the one that best fits your style and is most comfortable to you.
Canon EOS 1DX | Canon EOS 1D Mark IV | Canon EOS 5D MkIII | Canon EOS7D | Sony RX100
Canon EF400 F2.8 IS MkII | Canon EF70-200 F2.8 IS Mk II | Canon EF 24-70 F2.8L MkII | Canon EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS | Canon EF 85 F1.2L | Canon EF-S 10-22 F3.5-4.5
The Bright Lights
Canon 580EX II SpeedLites | Canon 430EXII SpeedLites | PocketWizard Wireless Triggers | LastoLite Modifiers
The Best of the Rest
Induro PH-5 Ball Head | Induro Carbon CT-8X Series Tripods | Fat Gecko Camera Rigs
Gadgets & Gizmos
I would like to thank my supporters in this endeavour. Through them, I’m able to utilize the latest technologies to present my vision in the best light. Technology has become an integral part of my life. I continually develop, train and invest into the latest technologies not for the sake of gadgets but to ensure the very best capture, delivery and presentation technologies.
Professionally calibrated monitors provided by Sony & Samsung ensure consistency and reliability for the ultimate sound & vision experience. Integrated into the custom UNITY Server, I have quick and easy access to all content including movies, music and photos with the touch of a button. In photography, I employ professional Canon digital cameras to capture my images. The studio runs on custom built UNITY Data Servers managed with Adobe Lightroom 3 and Creative Studio 5. Client data is stored by a 48TB UNITY Server with backups and proofs held off site with a supplementary online archive to ensure maximum protection. A strong relationship with our technology partners ensures continuous development and continued success in both geeking out and enjoying every moment of what I do.
Welcome to my world.