In the past I
have explained how I created various images seen on my web page.
Keeping all of the imformation accurate has been a lot of work,
especially since I don't always remember how I shot each image.
What I have done here instead is tell you about the equipment
and techniques I use when I shoot. As with most things photographically,
there are many ways to get the result. So treat what I have written
as my opinions. They work for me :-)
that I use as of March 2002
I still like the Mamiya
645 camera system and it is a staple of me wedding and portrait
photography. I own most of the lenses, from the Fish-eye and 35mm
wide angle to the 45mm, 70mm and 80mm lenses. I have one of the
80mm F1.9 normal lenses which works great at low light shooting.
For telephoto I have the 150mm and 300mm lenses. For digital I
use the Kodak DCS-520 currently and I also have access to a Fuji
S-1 and DCS-760 when needed. I am waiting for try my hands at
the new Canon 1D and D60 cameras.
I have been happy with
Kodak and Fuji films ans I use both depending on what's on sale
at the dealer when I order. Mostly Fuji NPH 400 and Kodak 400NC
at wedding with some Fuji and Kodak 800 speed films as well. Ilford
Delta 3200 is another one I like and Kodak Tri-X is my main B&W
film. I also use Kodak Infrared in 120 and 220 sizes which are
custom cut down for me from 70mm arial rolls.
For on camera lighting
I use the Quantum Q-flash and Norman 400b power packs. This combo
gives me lots of power and control. The Q-flash auto settings
let me worry about what I am capturing and not the exposure. I
also use Quantum radio slaves to trigger Speedotron Brownline
power packs around the room. I think that the Brownline is the
best value in studio strobes today.
Some other items I always
carry to a wedding include a few Tiffen Soft F/X filters, a Canon
500D Close up filter, Tiffen Star filter, Bogen 13 foot light
stands, a Slik master Classic tripod and Velbon PH-173 ball head.
I also love the Stroboframe CameraFlip flash bracket for mounting
the Mamiya to the Q-flash and holding everything else together.