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Tools of the Trade

I'm often asked about the equipment I use, so here's what I've found to be the best and end up using:

In 2003 I began to change all of my SLR gear to digital and to Canon, starting with their new digital camera at that time - the 10D. In 2004 and 2005, Canon made some great advancements in their professional digital cameras and I followed with their updated release versions of the 1D and 1Ds. I constantly add to my collection of Canon professional L series lenses which are used as needed for each project.

For architectural assignments and some landscape work, I held out with my 4" x 5" field camera along with Fujinon and Schneider lenses until early 2004. However, now I use the 1Ds, tilt-shift lenses, and Photoshop's perspective control if needed.

I have not had any requests for film specifically for many years and have not used it for years. Note: my last two favorite films were Kodak's E100SW (which I used on personal projects) and Fuji's Provia.

Digital Media: I used to note this as it was changing quickly between Lexar and Sandisk years ago. However, now it's Sandisk Extreme III cards.

For camera platforms, I've acquired a variety of Bogen and Manfrotto tripods and monopods over the years (preferring the carbon fiber for weight savings).

Since the majority of my work is editorial in nature and on location, lighting equipment has to be portable; Canon's 580 and 550 strobes and Quantum Turbo packs and portable JTL (AC/DC/battery) 3,000 - 5,000 WS strobes. The "Better Beamer" is also a great attachment for the 550 for getting light out there if you are using a telephoto lense.

Computers and software are also part of the mix, but really need a whole separate page titled "Workflow" to describe everything. I will work on this to get it posted.

For prints, it's almost exclusively Fuji's Crystal Archive paper for standard and custom lab prints. For proofs and standard prints often for sports and portraits, I also use a Canon ink jet printer with Canon Glossy Paper for incredibly sharp, bright, and long lasting results.

And to carry and transport it all: Lowepro bags, packs, and belts as well as Pelican cases.

Last, a plug for certain manufacturers - when something does (rarely) break, need servicing, or more often a lost part replaced, I've found the customer service at Canon, Manfrotto, and LowePro to be second to none.

For more info please call (949) 458-8468.


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