Archive for November, 2009

My “under $10,000″ complete studio solution (part 2)

howdy folks,

today I’d like to share my equipment list for my sub-10k studio.  Here we go:

  • one Canon 7D ($1700)
  • one Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 with vibration control ($650)
  • two Canon 580 exii Flash units ($420 each)
  • one radio popper Px transmitter and two rp Px receivers (approx $750 total)

We’ll also need battery packs for the camera and flash units (add $450), memory cards (add $200) and the lumiquest 80-20 promax kit ($50).

I’d like to note that the studio kit is for location portraiture or wedding photography – not  sports, architecture or nature.  Those styles can be added with just lenses at this point.

for nature or sports add – Tamron  AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 with VC ($600)

for architecture or landscapes add the – Tamron AF 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 ($550)

I rarely shoot on a tripod since I never know if I’ll be shooting kids or pets.  My tripod usually only acts as an assistant to hold my camera while I’m setting up other gear. 

On a final note, I’m undecided about flash brackets. If I were to require one I’d probably go with the Custom Brackets Digital PRO E ($250). It is has a slick quick rotation feature and you can use two quick releases on it.  One to remove the camera from the bracket quickly and the other to attach the bracket to the quick release mount on your tripod.


My “under $10,000” complete studio solution (part 1)

Howdy folks,

If I could start fresh with ten thousand dollars to buy all of my photography gear from scratch, here’s how I’d do it.

Today I’ll start with software in the order I’d buy them.

  1. Photoshop CS4
  2. Photoshop Lightroom 2
  3. Corel Painter
  4. OnOne Plugin Suite
  5. Topaz Labs Plugin Suite
  6. Imagenomic Portraiture 2 (for lightroom)
  7. Alien Skin Exposure 2
  8. Photomatix HDR software

That’s it.  To stay under the 10 grand cap I’d have to lean heavily on academic versions of the software. My next post will be my gear wish list

Been shooting…

howdy folks,

I’ve been pretty busy working on my studio portfolio.  I’m not done yet, but it is coming along quite nicely.  Here is a link to my studio blog.  I have three new sittings since the last time I posted an update here.

here’s a couple teaser samples: