•Canon EOS 5D Mark III – Wow. <wipes drool from chin>. This camera rocks my face off…in a good way! Incredible image quality, eleventy-billion focus points, and it’s built like a tank. If I didn’t love my wife so much, I just might marry it.
• Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM - I love this lens. I think it performs even better than the Canon brand equivalent. It’s tack sharp and gives that gorgeous creamy bokeh (out-of-focus background) that portrait photographers love! I use it all the time. This is my go-to lens for Senior Portraits. Everyone should have a 50mm prime. They call them nifty fifties for a reason!
• Tamron AF 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD – This is such an awesome, versatile lens. I use it for weddings, portraits, landscapes, interiors…it may have been more efficient to just say “everything”. It is sharp, provides great contrast, and produces wonderfully rich, accurate color tones. No “red ring” envy for me here. This is a fantastic – and much cheaper – alternative to the absurdly priced Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mark II. While the Canon version is a stunning lens, it doesn’t even have Image Stabilization. This Tamron does. That’s a big deal for me, since I don’t always have the steadiest of hands. If you’re in the market for a great mid-range zoom, this should be near the top of your list! You won’t be disappointed!
• Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - This is a great multi-use lens that I have used for Landscapes, general photography, and even some portraits. I use this a lot when I go on vacation. It’s a great travel lens.
• Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM - I have wanted one of these big white Canon L telephotos for quite a while. I haven’t gotten too many chances to play with it just yet, but I look forward to using it for wildlife, weddings, and portraits. It really is a versatile lens. I need to start lifting some weights though….this bad boy is just a little heavy!
• Canon 430 EX II Speedlite – For those situations when I need a little extra fill light. I don’t use it all of the time, as I prefer to shoot with natural light, but it’s great when I need it.
• Black Rapid RS7 Curve Strap – My neck loves this thing. The straps that come with cameras are good for one thing…neck pain. Especially when you are carrying a heavy camera around your neck all day long. This strap is so comfortable and much easier to move around in. If you don’t have one, get one…you’ll love it!
•San Disk Extreme Compact Flash Memory Cards – These cards are fast and reliable.
My Digital Bag
• Adobe Lightroom 4 – Lightroom handles about 50% of my post processing workflow. It is a fantastic program. I do all of my image cataloging, indexing, rating, and sorting with Lightroom, and then I do my base edits in it before moving over to…
• Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended – Photoshop/Camera Raw handles the other half of my digital workflow. It’s a must have in this business.
• Photomatix Pro – I love to experiment with a photographic technique called HDR (High Dynamic Range) with some of my landscape images. This technique allows a photographer to capture the full dynamic range of light from a scene in that a single shot from a camera just cannot capture. It involves taking a handful of frames of the same image at different exposure levels and then merging them together with software. Photomatix Pro is the best software for this process, and it is a lot of fun to use!
• NIK HDR Effex Pro – Another HDR software that I like to use some.
• NIK Color Effex Pro 4 – I love this little plugin. Great for giving images just a little “oomph”.