Anyone into photography knows buying equipment is a little addicting. There is always something cool out there that will make your work cooler or easier. Even more challenging is all the “must have’s” for professional photographers. I’m about to add a couple of things to my photography bag so I thought I’d share. I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only). I got it when it first came out a few years ago. They are going to come out with the Mark III soon. This is pretty much one of THE cameras you see professional photographers using Canon will have. I have the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras which has been fine for a few years. And for a lens to have out shooting with my own family is great because it has such a wide zoom range. For professional work, the f4 is very limiting and I just end up in too many situations where I need a wider aperture either for low light situations or just to get the desired shallow depth of field.
So, where does that leave me. I need to have an f2.8 Lens, so I’ll be working with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. This way I can shoot wide-ish angle things as well as more close-ups. This comes in handy at events like the event with Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson I shot in NYC a few weeks ago. To really provide a full experience of an event, you need both wide and close up. When you are shooting an event outside with sun, and can’t move people into the shade, sometimes you need to use some fill flash, for which I use a Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras. If I’m inside and have something to bounce the light off, I like to use the white pull up bounce card. Neil Van Niekerk gives a lot of really great tips on how to bounce flash off walls to create really natural looking light. It’s amazing what he can do.
That’s a very brief overview of what I’m shooting with these days. What are you using and how’s it working for you?