Sunpak 622 Super / Auto “The Beast”

Sunpak 622 Super / Auto “The Beast”

I’ve got four of these guys. 2 622 Supers and 2 622 Autos. They’re functionally the same, with a little difference in power. And when it comes to power, they’ve both got plenty. Amazon usually has one or two floating around, but your best bet is buying off eBay. The last time I won an eBay auction, it was for...Read more
High Speed Sync and Power Output

High Speed Sync and Power Output

A few months ago, I took the picture above. While I love it, I wish I had the capability to shoot with a wider aperture for shallower DOF (taken at ISO100 – f/3.2 – 1/200.) While I could have lowered my flash power to get it to put out f/1.4, had I opened up to f/1.4, the image would have...Read more
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

The Nikon 50mm 1.8 (both “D” and “G” models) is highly recommended as one of the first purchases for a new photographer since their performance is superb and they’re quite affordable. There may come a time when you’d like a bit of a change, and the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G can be a great option. They’re still affordable, I see them often...Read more
I’m not taking another hiatus!

I’m not taking another hiatus!

Posting won’t be as regular as I had originally planned, at least while things get settled down. What’s happening? Well, for whatever reason I decided free time was overrated. I’ve decided to pursue a Master’s Degree (MBA). Nonstop classes from now until January 2016. Oh, and that’s on top of a full time job.  Suffice it to say that I’ll be fairly busy....Read more
Canon EF 100mm f/2

Canon EF 100mm f/2

When it comes to portrait lenses on full frame Canon cameras, the Canon 100mm f/2 is my favorite. As a balance of price:performance, I like it better than the 85mm f/1.8 and the 135 f/2.0L. It’s similar enough to the 85 that it comes down to personal preference, and at half (or less, currently $350ish used on Amazon) the price...Read more
Neewer TT560 / TT520 Speedlites.

Neewer TT560 / TT520 Speedlites.

You can’t get much more budget friendly than the Neewer TT560. At the moment, they’re $37 brand new on Amazon, which is about as cheap as you’ll find for a hotshoe flash sold new from a legit retialer. Its little brother, the TT520 for some reason is $6 more expensive,  at $43, and a bit less powerful and useful, so...Read more
Canon Rebel XSi

Canon Rebel XSi

The Canon Rebel XSi (450D, Kiss X2,) in my opinion, is one of the first cameras in what I consider the “this is where things start getting good” phase of affordable DSRLs. Other cameras released at this time (mid 2007 to mid 2008) were the 40D, 50D, Nikon D300, D90, D60… What sets these cameras apart in my mind? (all...Read more
Nikon 85mm f/1.8D

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D

I fell in love with this lens the first time I used it. I acquired it as part of a trade. I had a Nikon 20mm f/2.8 that I had pretty much zero use for, and a friend had this that he didn’t use since he had upgraded to the 1.4 – so we decided to swap. I had a model...Read more
Coming Back from Hiatus!

Coming Back from Hiatus!

Well, it’s been a rather hectic past few months. Back in March, I had a small hiccup with the website – more specifically WordPress – it was unresponsive, and a real pain to work on. I decided to just say “screw it, I’ll work on it in a week or two”. That week or two turned into three… then four. At...Read more
DIY ($36) 4′ x 6′ Diffusion panel / reflector

DIY ($36) 4′ x 6′ Diffusion panel / reflector

I’ve got some outdoor videos planned, and wanted a nice diffusion panel for soft, even light. I wanted something like this, but without the $600 pricetag. So off to the youtubes I went. I decided to build my own out of ripstop nylon and PVC, and I love how it turned out. Shopping list: Ripstop Nylon (60×72) – $12 (11)...Read more