Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC

I thought an eye-catching shot of this lens in action (please forgive my duckface, and the pun) would garner a little more attention than a plain, boring shot of the lens itself. Shot taken with a Canon T2i with a generic continuous light 1500 watt CFL softbox. Wide open at f/2.8 on the wide end of 17mm, the Tamron 17-50mm...Read more
How I got a Canon 85mm f/1.2L II for $145

How I got a Canon 85mm f/1.2L II for $145

I got a Canon 85mm f/1.2L for $145 recently. To be honest, it’s more like $145 plus a couple trips to Starbucks, but it’s still a great adventure, and the secret to how I get most of my gear with what little budget I’ve got. — TRADING — Yep, it’s all about trading. You have what someone else wants, they...Read more
Beauty Photography on a Budget

Beauty Photography on a Budget

Beauty photography (or studio head and shoulder shots with strong hair and makeup support, whatever you define that as) has always appealed to me in so many ways. I’m sure many of us have seen magazine ads, or posters at the store (in the hair products / makeup sections) that are absolutely breathtaking – perfect skin and hair, gorgeous model...Read more
The easiest lighting setup – bounced flash

The easiest lighting setup – bounced flash

I’ve fallen in love with this lighting setup lately. While I really enjoy getting things just right with complex sets, there’s something magical about keeping things super simple, and focusing 100% on your subject and building a connection. A simple bounced flash can put you in a situation where you’ve got lovely soft light that you don’t need to manage,...Read more