Equipment Category

Lens Comparison: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM vs. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Canon vs. Sigma (logos).

After spending most of the day indoors as a result of inclement weather, friend and photographer Thorpe Griner and I decided that we would spend our Sunday afternoon doing something useful: a lens comparison test. We had both bought large aperture 85mm lenses not all too long ago. Mine from Canon, and Thorpe’s from Sigma. So we […]

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Globe Runner Group Photo

Yesterday afternoon I took a group photo at Globe Runner, a boutique search engine optimization company located in Lewisville, Texas. To light this image, I used two Canon 580EX II strobes both with silver umbrellas set to 1/8th power on either side of the couch at a distance of about 7 feet. The strobes were […]

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Globe Runner SEO Group Photo

Yesterday afternoon I took a group photo at Globe Runner SEO, a boutique search engine optimization company located in Lewisville, Texas. Technical settings: To light this image, I used two Canon 580EX II strobes both with silver umbrellas set to 1/8th power on either side of the couch at a distance of about 7 feet. […]

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Screamin’ Deal Alert: New Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II Lens just $1899!

Screamin’ Deal Alert: New Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II Lens just $1899 with rebates and stuff! It’s normally around $2,500 at B&H Photo, but when you add the lens to the Checkout (and actually go to checkout) it then shows a lower price of $2,199 — PLUS there’s a $300 mail-in rebate which brings it […]

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Screamin' Deal Alert: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens just $1899!

Screamin’ Deal Alert: New Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens just $1899 with rebates and stuff! How To Claim This Awesome Deal… It’s normally around $2,500 at B&H Photo, but when you add the lens to the Checkout (and actually go to checkout) it then shows a lower price of $2,199 — PLUS there’s […]

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The Amazingly Awesome PocketWizard PC5N Locking PC Sync Cable

The failure of my 580 EX II strobes to fire has given me more stress than any other single piece of photo equipment that I’ve ever owned. But now those days are over. The reason the flashes were failing to fire was not because of the strobes themselves, and not because of the PocketWizards, but […]

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CPS, TF Camera Repair, and the Canon Factory Service Center

As it turns out, CPS is well worth the investment should you ever damage your equipment. But in the interim, here’s a tip: Don’t try to balance your iPhone between your head and shoulders while securing your camera to your tripod. Better yet, don’t talk on your phone at all when using camera gear. My […]

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Anker® Uspeed USB 3.0 7-Port Hub Review

A quick review of my new Anker USB 3.0 7-port Hub. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome!

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Travel to Moab, Utah: Equipment List and Preparation

Today I will be landing in Moab, Utah for a five-day photo trip with my friend, Thorpe Griner. We’re meeting up with other photographers as apart of a photo tour called Dirt Cheap Photo Tours (DCPT) run by a photographer named Jeff Clow and his wife. The cost is $599 and sponsors trips to landscape […]

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Sam Hurd and Amazing Photos

Today I read an article by Gizmodo editor Michael Hession that I thought was just amazing, and I have to share it. “Photographer Sam Hurd describes on his blog how to use [a prism] to produce some stunning results. Hurd shows off his the technique when photographing couples, but the same idea is begging to be put to […]

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