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Canon C200 with a gold mount battery
01/16/2018
Gear

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...

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Shooting test footage with my new Canon C200 and comparing it to the C100
11/07/2017
Gear

Upgrading to the Canon C200 (Test Footage) from the C100 and 1DX Mark II

I recently purchased the new Canon C200 and decided to shoot some test footage to compare it with the Canon C100.

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Broncolor Siros 800S and Profoto D1 Flash
06/28/2017
Gear

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...

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I found window light nirvana with a Elinchrom Rotalux 74-Inches Octabox Light Bank on a Gravity Backdrop
05/29/2017
Gear , Lighting Technique , Studio

Elinchrom vs Profoto: Why I Own 4 Octaboxes

If you were expecting a side-by-side head-to-head comparison of these modifiers, this review is not for you. Over the course of 10 or so...

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Chicago Photographer John Gress using a Photek Softlighter II Umbrella
03/18/2017
Gear

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...

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Chicago Photographer John Gress Steady Focused Interview
03/08/2017
Advertising , Headshots , Lifestyle , Portrait , The Academy , Video

Steady Focused Interview: Going Full Circle

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure and honor of spending the lunch hour chatting with Simeon Hendrix, and recording an interview...

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Cheetah Stands Ricebowl RB-120 during a color temperature test. The modifier had no effect on the lights color temp.
01/16/2017
Lighting Technique

Should photographers care about modifier color temperatures when shooting portraits?

After buying three new softboxes I had two questions: 1. What are the color temperatures of all of my modifiers? 2. Do Kelvin temperature...

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Profoto D1 500 AIR Monolight acute2 dome color balance test
12/29/2016
Gear

Does using a Profoto Glass Cover D1 Frosted dome or a Acute / Pro head make a difference?

Test results & review showing if using a Profoto Glass Cover dome or a Profoto Acute or Pro head makes a difference compared to...

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03/28/2012
Gear

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...

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