Gear List

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I think most professional photographers, especially portrait and landscape, aren't willing to admit that their gear does get them further than someone with a Rebel series camera and a lot of creativity.  Anyone can take a good picture.  Without gear, however, it's difficult to capture the world in many specific ways.  If you leave suggestions, I'm happy to make tutorials on how to use/how I use any of the gear below.  This list is set to change, but I will try and update as I introduce new gear, which includes a Manfrotto debate - is Manfrotto only a fad or is it quality enough for the pros?

I've included links to my gear, some of which are affiliate links, which gives me a 2-3% kickback (so I can stop using a two-legged tripod :D ).

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Photography Gearset

  • Canon 5D Mark III - it may be the elder to the Mark IV, but it sure gets the job done.  This is my second camera from my retired Rebel T2i of last year - I finally made the plunge and got serious.  It's a staple of professional photographers.
  • G7 X Mark II - This compact camera is perfect for vlogging, awkward angles, and especially timelapses.  It's a fully manual compact with a devastating amount of features, including preset click times, exposures, manual lighting, and let's certainly not forget, the manual focus.  This is a dream camera for any vlogger on the market.
  • Canon 17-40mm f/4L - This is my general carry-around lens.  It's sharp, relatively quick, and perfect for numerous situations, such as street, portrait, and some landscape situations.
  • Canon 24-105mm f/4L - This is my go-to for landscape with it's wide-angle feature.  It's one of the least expensive wides on the market, but comparable in features.  I hardly notice the missing aperture.
  • Canon 50mm f/1.4 - This is solidly locked to my camera in any situation I find myself with people.  It's a bokeh monster.
  • Extra Canon Batteries - I have six at any given time 'cause chance can be a bitch.  I have owned two aftermarket batteries, but they didn't sit in my camera correctly, and they drained rather fast.  I highly recommend going brand on this one - Canon batteries have yet to fail me.
  • Discontinued Manfrotto Tripod - So...  I worked for Best Buy when Manfrotto was introduced to me - it was the first time I had heard of them, and I asked the manager if he'd give me this cheap (comparatively), plastic $90 tripod with my Rebel T2i back in the stone age.  It's been beaten half to death, four of the locks are broken, but it's a trooper.  I would recommend grabbing something newer than this dinosaur.
  • Gorillapod - When you have a weak tripod, or you can't afford a $500+ setup, the Gorilla pod saves lives.  It's sturdy when you manage to balance everything (which isn't so difficult), and it can hold the massive 5D Mark III without much hassle.  I use it for low-angle wide shots, mostly.
  • Lee Filters - Oh, Lee.  You've given me glass envy like no other.  I've only purchased the Foundation Kit, which includes two 100x100mm neutral density filters, a 3.0 ND Big Stopper and a 1.8 ND Little Stopper.  Practicing time wizardry is arguably the most fun I've had as a photographer.
  • Hoya Circular Polarizing Filter - I'd love to keep on my Lee glass fix and replace this one with a Lee Polarizer, but it does a decent job of reducing glare on water in close-proximity.
  • WhiBal Pocket Card - WhiBal helps you to balance the real colors of any scene, whether it's a moody wedding or a landscape.  With one click, Lightroom can calibrate to a scene's true colors.
  • Lexar 16GB 800x Compact Flash - The amount of panic attacks I've had from the "NO CAPACITY" warnings on my camera are enough to age me fifty years.  I would highly recommend buying a large Compact and SD card and mirroring them, because the capacity of mine makes it impossible to mirror - my SD cards remain secondary cards for when the CF fills.
  • Lowepro Tactic 450 AW - Solid, rugged, and it takes a lot of my crap.  I've thrown it, tossed it on rocks, put in in trees, put it near a roaring ocean and prayed, and ran/climbed/trudged through pouring rain with this, and it's still keeping my gear safety tucked away.  Bless.
  • Spider Holster - When you're climbing mountains, holding onto rocks, or shooting a wedding, sometimes you need your hands free.  The holster is a quick means of getting your camera out of danger.

Post Work

  • WD My Passport 4TB - I have a NAS drive for backups that I do need to start using.  Part of me is just waiting for the data apocalypse before backing up - I'm literally asking for it by not backing up.  I use a Windows laptop, so purchasing an HDD is relatively easy.  Sharing between devices is not as seamless as Apple, so if you can find a compact, shareable drive, I highly recommend that.
  • MSI Apache Pro - I really wanted to play a single video game before I got serious about photography, so I opted for a computer that would run Adobe programs and the game.  Nowadays, I'm regretting it - I'm certainly not Apple loyal, but Adobe programs on Apple is just beautiful, easy, and I'm much more sure about my color settings.  MSI does have a built-in color correcter, but I'll be second-guessing the accuracy until I buy a DataColor Spyder.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom - Adobe offers much more affordable options for your editing needs, including a yearly subscription to both Photoshop and Lightroom.  Creative Cloud is also tossed in there, so you can easily share your work across Adobe products.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro - Offered again with a one-year subscription, this seriously powerful program is for editing video.

Outdoor Safety

I've been so pre-occupied with photography that I haven't been gearing up for longer days in harsh environments.  Much of my childhood was spent in the Colorado wilderness, and I can't wait to spend more time in the wild.  This list will be updated in the next year.

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Priorities

  • Canon 70mm-200mm - After this baby, I'll be set with my basic lens kit for a while.  It's SO DIFFICULT to shoot landscape photography, with sweeping distances, with a lens that has a 105mm reach, to the point where I've adopted praying that the mountain in the distance is in focus.  I shoot a few shots with the focus just barely touched each time in the hopes that one of them is correct.  Sometimes I get lucky.  Sometimes.  
  • Lenspack - Because I'm as elegant and dexterous as a newborn giraffe trying to stand up for the first time, and this would help with switching lenses.
  • Manfrotro Tripod (no head) - I'm torn on this.  A professional landscape photographer told me that Manfrotto is a joke, and no one seriously uses them, but every professional that I know on YouTube uses them.  What's real?  Let me know what you think.
  • Filter Pouch - Keep them secret.  Keep them safe.
  • Rugged HDD - 'Cause I like to throw things around, and you might, too.  Western Digital isn't about to survive a harsh environment... or me.
  • DJI Mavic Pro - Drone photography interests me in special regards for abandoned locations, but, man, I'd love to play with drone cinematography as well.