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What Equipment Do I Use

What Equipment Will I Be Using

I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for. I am also a firm believer in providing my clients with the absolute best image quality I possibly can. To that end, I choose to use the best equipment available to ensure that you receive top-notch quality in your images

Cameras

I use 2 Canon 1Dx IIs as my camera of choice. The cameras sport Canon's flagship full frame sensor, which provides both high image quality and low noise at higher ISOs. Additionally, the 1DxII shoots at a top speed of 14 frames per second, more than capable of capturing even the most fleeting of moments as needed.

Lenses

Canon 24-70 2.8 II - This lens creates prime-like sharpness in a zoom lens, perfect for adjusting when you can't move. This is my go-to for my underwater imagery, most of my sports portraits and anything that requires a wider view.

Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II - Combined with the 24-70 above, I could basically shoot an entire wedding with just these two lenses. The 70-200 is a staple among professional photographers and is known for it's low light abilities and background crushing compression at the longer end, which is what makes you pop out of the frame against that distant background. The 200mm end is also extremely useful during live sporting events and my above water swimming work, when I am limited by how close I can actually get to the action. It's also one of my top choices for almost anything where I really want to blur the back ground, which explains why you'll see me back up to shoot these images at 200mm.

Canon 85 1.4 IS - The 85 is considered by many to be the perfect focal length for portraits. With a large aperture, it is perfect creating a 3-d look by obliterating backgrounds. It is the second lens I use for getting ready images and allows me to create those thin in-focus images that are just beautiful. I also rely on this one for nighttime portraits as well as really dark venues where flash isn't allowed.

Canon 300 2.8 IS II - Widely considered one of the top two lenses for sporting events, this is my staple for shooting swimming events. The combination of a light-gathering low aperture and solid reach makes it a staple among sports photographers across the world. The blazing and accurate autofocus doesn't hurt either.


Flashes

Flashpoint Li-on R2 Flashes (x 2) - I carry 2 on-camera flashes with me to any event I cover for bouncing light when needed or controlling my off-camera flashes. These are run on lithium ion batteries, which means I can shoot for a long time and likely never run out of juice.

Flashpoint AD600 (x 3) - For those times when power is called for, the AD600s are 600-watt second battery powered strobes capable of putting out a lot of light. These are my everyday flashes and I depend on them for all of my sports work, both above and below water level or out on the field of battle.

Flashpoint R2 Pro-C Transmitter (x 2) - it does no good to have off camera flashes if you have to run a sync cord to them during a shoot, right? Well, these babies sit in the hot shoe on my camera and allow me to control every single light I just listed with the touch of a button. Now I would never purposely setup a shot requiring 6 flashes. But if I need to, I can.

Other Daily Accessories

In case that's not enough, I also bring several other items:

  • 4-5 flash stands
  • tripod
  • modifiers for the flashes 9some are big and some are little)
  • off-camera flash mounts
  • weighted bags (in case it gets windy)
  • spare flash triggers
  • spare batteries
  • light meter
  • plenty of water

So there you have it. That's the gear I arrive at a swimming, sports or portrait session with.

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