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Camera Equipment

My apologies if you came here looking for an extensive and exhaustive list of equipment I use and/or have used. For me, itís not, and has never been about the equipment, it has always been about the adventure, about capturing that magic moment in time, about that incredible light I froze forever in an image, etc.

Donít get me wrong, good equipment doesnít hurt but some of my all time best selling images were shot with the worst equipment imaginable. One thing I do without fail (and always have) is sit down and learn how every piece of my equipment functions before I go out into the field with it so I am totally prepared when the moment strikes - I believe that being prepared and knowing how to use the equipment is much more important than what particular camera and lens you are using.

There some pieces of equipment besides the camera and lens I find indispensable - one of them being a good, solid but lightweight (so you donít so much mind bringing it) tripod. Even with the advent of image stabilizers I shoot 95% of my work on a tripod, not only because I want to make sure of the sharpness of the image but also because I often shoot in low light (by the dawnís early light...) I like to use a tripod ring on my larger lenses, not only for better balance but because itís easy to switch between horizontal and vertical orientation by just rotating the lens in the ring.

I also make good use of filters. A polarizing filter is a must, its effects cannot be duplicated in editing software. I always have neutral density filters with me for light and contrast control. And, when one of those filters isnít on, a good ďlens protectingĒ clear filter is to protect the glass.

OK, for those of you who canít stand it, I currently use Canon full-frame and crop sensor camera bodies and Canon lenses. That said, much of my work to date was shot on film as I was one of the very last photographers in the whole world to convert to digital.

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