Lighting that’s consistent, durable and affordable that doesn’t compromise functionality is the cornerstone of solid photography. I’ve been using their product line since 2004 and two of those flash units (Stellar 300) are still working in the studio. The custom designed S1 broke the mold of a battery powered 500 w/s strobe equality suitable for location and studio work without busting my wallet. They continue to push technology and portability with the newly released Badger Unleashed. Follow the team of Creative Pros and see what YOU can achieve!
Created by photographers Xavier and Patrice, XP PhotoGear carries over 20 different light modifiers. I’ve used their products for over six years to modify and shape my light from food to portraits to weddings. My latest love affair is with the Speedbox 70. It’s a big sister to my favorite girl, the Speedbox 60. The exterior pocketed fiberglass poles are flexible enough to take a fall gracefully, but built strong like a tomboy. The simple setup gets you lighting faster with 60 second “bag2stand” speed and field goal style bracket works with any trigger system. And for the studio shooters, check out the A100 with different strobe mounts for fast on-location deployment of your modifier. You might just fall in love with light all over again.
This is the MOST overlooked tool in our industry! Probably because the principle of three legs with a camera mount haven’t evolved much since its invention being used in surveying, telescopes, rifles and even mounting that TV antenna to a roof. Until you have a chance to pick, hold, operate and inspect a quality instrument like an Alta Pro 2+ and a revolutionary pistol grip head, you haven’t seen the right tool for sharp photos. From food shoots to tethered location work, a sturdy tripod will allow you a wider range of camera settings and varied exposures when you know camera shake has been eliminated. Tripods are not just for landscape photographers, these are built for style of shooting from pixels to pistols.
Everyone that knows me understands that I LOVE bags and the BEST camera bags are made by Think Tank Photo. Created in 2005, these bags are a collaboration with actual real world, in the dirt, working photojournalists that basically work as hard as you do. They are so durable I use a first generation Urban Disguise 30 as a tail bag on my motorcycle! On the other hand, there isn’t a perfect bag for every situation and the reason I own 12 bags from them. The latest one being a pack-back style with a crazy interior - Shape Shifter 17 - for my future 24 hour city travel projects.
Controlling Light is an essential skill for photographers, videographers and digital filmmakers. Sekonic makes tools such as light meters, color meters and illuminometers to help you measure and control light for the perfect exposure. I personally use the LightMaster Pro L-478 model that comes in several flavors of built-in radio triggers for your studio flash brand.
Think you know Tether Tools? I bet you don’t know all the solutions they provide for your workflow besides the internationally known orange cable. One of favorite tools in the AeroTab Universal Tablet System - quick wasting money on inferior plastic holders for your iPad and you will thank me later. While many camera makers are building WiFi connectivity into newer cameras, you can’t go wrong with the simple to use wireless tethering software and the Case Air transmitter. Need power on location for your devices? No problem, they got it covered as well with the newly released Onsite Power Solutions.
Shopping locally with 7 stores across three states is easy and if there isn’t a local store near you, then call or visit their website online for delivery right to your door. Knowledgeable and caring staff will get you the right gear at the right price without hassling.
I’m proud to be a ProGuide in their still photography division and invited often to speak at their conventions - PhotoCon & PhotoExpo.