Canon 5D – My most recommended DSLR for under $500

Canon 5D – My most recommended DSLR for under $500

Seriously, if you have a budget of $500 for a camera body, do not pass go, do not collect $200… just find whoever is selling one, and buy a Canon 5D. This camera has reached almost legendary status when it comes to skin tones, and overall portrait use. Noisy high ISO is among the most natural looking I have seen,...Read more
PBL Studios (generic) 42″ Umbrella Softboxes

PBL Studios (generic) 42″ Umbrella Softboxes

I love the softness of a large softbox for glamour work. However, shooting primarily with speedlites and other small battery powered flashes, standard softboxes aren’t really a viable option without investing in sometimes expensive standard softboxes and pricey speedrings and mounting brackets. Recently, my preferred budget modifiers are “umbrella softboxes.” These are constructed just like any reflective umbrella, but they...Read more
CowboyStudio 4 Way Flash Bracket

CowboyStudio 4 Way Flash Bracket

I have been searching for something like this for ages, and glad I could finally find a budget-friendly 4 way flash bracket. A couple years ago, I found a product called a “FourSquare” and immediately almost fell in love. I love the idea of multiple flashes on one bracket (I own a few tri-flash brackets already and wanted four,) but $100...Read more
CowboyStudio 22″ Beauty Dish

CowboyStudio 22″ Beauty Dish

Beauty dishes are fantastic light modifiers that can be quite versatile. Bare, socked, or gridded, they offer qualities that many photographers, myself included, rather enjoy. They are my go-to modifier for beauty portraits (go figure) and really dramatic art nudes. The same modifier produces VERY different effects with the simple switch of a diffusion sock to a grid. I’m not...Read more
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8AF Push Pull

Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8AF Push Pull

The Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8AF Push Pull is my favorite lens at the moment. Lenses play such a large role in dictating final image quality, which is one reason why the top of the line and professional grade lenses cost what they do. Two of the most highly recommended lenses (regardless of manufacturer) fit into the 24-70 and 70-200 ranges with a...Read more
YongNuo YN560 II Speedlite

YongNuo YN560 II Speedlite

The YongNuo YN560 II flashes have made up the core of my lighting kit since they came out (and the mk1 version prior to that) For someone who wants simple, “dumb” manual flashes, they offer everything you would want, without bloating the price with features you don’t necessarily need. As of right now, these are my #1 most recommended piece...Read more
Welcome to Shooting on a Budget

Welcome to Shooting on a Budget

I have been involved in photography for about the past decade and a half. For the most part, I have always had significant budget constraints for one reason or another. Starting a family, or being a full time student while working full time at a boring 9-5 job, among many other factors and situations can really put a damper on...Read more