This section is going to be devoted to technical and/or historical discussions of some of the gear I use or have used, as well as many of the little tips I have picked up along the way that have made my photography better, simpler, more productive or just more fun.
I will discuss some of the techniques I employ for the various aspects of photography that I do, that may not fit into the other sections of the website. Diffusion techniques, stroboscopic techniques, posing techniques – could be anything!
- The cameras I have used, and use currently. And why. Be warned – I have used a *lot* of cameras!
- Lenses – I have tons of lenses. I will describe why and when I use them. Probably not a lot that you don’t already know, but there might be…
- Flash gear will be covered in the Flash and High Speed Flash section
- Remote triggers and camera traps will be covered in the Remote Photography section
- Clamps and stands. You can never have enough clamps and stands. Never. I have about a zillion of each. I will share the ones I use the most and why.
- Buying used gear (when you should, and when you shouldn’t)
- Lot of other bits and pieces
You may probably know most or even all of them, but I will post them nonetheless….
An initial tip:
The first tip I am going to share was one I saw by the great Moose Peterson, so I cannot lay claim to it, but it is one that has helped me on many occasions. Like most tips, it is little more than the application of common sense:
If you are photographing ‘on the road’ – i.e. using your car to scope out spots, or doing reconnaissance with binoculars, and you suddenly see something that is a prize-winning opportunity….
You don’t want to be grabbing your tripod out of the car/van and fiddling around trying to unlock the legs to get them to the right height for the shot, as your wolf is escaping your field of view! Try having the legs of your tripod UNLOCKED and loose while in the car, such that when you grab it and turn it upright, they fall straight to the ground and just need locking. Those several seconds saved can be the difference between getting a shot and missing it.
Seen it, done it, proven it.
And another tip:
Get an old credit card that is no longer valid. Get a roll of duct tape (special tip – buy quality duct tape, else you will regret it) and wrap the credit card lengthwise with a good few feet from the roll. Throw it in your camera bag – it will take up no space at all, and duct tape is one of the all-time saviors of photographers all over the world. I don’t know how many times I have taped a flash to a tree, or held an overhanging branch out of the frame, or held a scrim to a frame in the studio. Yep, you won’t meet many pro photographers who don’t have duct tape in their bag – but a credit card is a lot easier to pack than a full sized roll 🙂