Gear

Behind-the-scenes of my YouTube Set-up

I wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at my YouTube setup, including all of the gear I use to make my videos.

Nanlite provided me with these lights and modifiers. However, after using them, I decided to sell most of my Aputure gear and buy more Nanlite products.

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Full Review of the Canon EOS R5 for Commercial and Portrait Photographers switching from the 5DIV

Full Review of the Canon EOS R5 for Commercial and Portrait Photographers switching from the 5DIV

After using the R5 for a full month as a professional commercial studio and portrait photographer, who shoots some video, I have decided to fully switch from the 5D Mark IV. It took me a while to test everything from auto focus, to tethering to video (including overheating) and how to get the best color out of the new RAW files. This video also covers post production in DPP (Digital Photo Professional), Lightroom and Capture One 20. Please see a full summary of the time line below.

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My garbage can full of photo modifiers

A garbage can full of modifiers, that’s perfectly normal right?

Let’s pretend for a moment I am sitting inside a reality show confession booth. Instead of disparaging the other characters on the show, I’m going to disparage myself (not really, actually. In my garage I have a garbage can full of modifiers. It looks like an episode of Hoarders in miniature, only instead of holding on to teddy bears and half-full beer cans, I collect things that make hard light look soft and in turn, make me look good.

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Canon C200 with a gold mount battery

Powering a Canon C200 with Gold Mount Brick Batteries

After picking myself up off the floor following my discovery of the sticker price for Canon’s C200 batteries, I decided to look at other options. I have seen people using V-Mount and Anton Bauer Gold Mount batteries for while, but they remained a mystery to me until push came to shove once my new camera was on its way.

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Broncolor Siros 800S and Profoto D1 Flash

Broncolor Siros 800 S v Profoto D1 500 AIR Review

The first time I showed my old assistant my Profoto D1 Air 500 Monolights he remarked how sexy they were…. that’s all he kept saying… “these lights are so f&*king sexy!” I can only imagine his sophomoric reaction if he got his hands on the more attractive Broncolor Siros, which comes in multiple flavors from the battery powered 400ws and 800ws Siros L to the 400ws and 800ws Siros S.

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Chicago Photographer John Gress using a Photek Softlighter II Umbrella

The Photek Softlighter II Umbrella… the Best $115 You’ll Ever Spend

When I received a Photek Softlighter II for Christmas in 2015, it quickly became one of my most treasured tools. I first became aware of this miraculous modifier when I discovered my favorite photographer, Art Streiber’s work on Instagram and I noticed him using a ten sided umbrella while shooting Placido Domingo for Vanity Fair. I loved the way it looked and rather than just asking him in a comment what he was using, I went on a day long journey to find it and once I did I never looked back.

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It’s Christmas in March – New Cameras!

It’s an exciting day! Right before I left town I got a call from Adorama saying two Canon 5D Mark III cameras were on their way and now they are here!It’s an exciting day! Right before I left town I got a call from Adorama saying two Canon 5D Mark III cameras were on their way.

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