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Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

Can you believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Have you started on your holiday shopping? Have you put together your own wish list? If you’re anything like me the mental wish list starts in January and just gets longer as the year progresses. 🙂 Just in case you haven’t started I thought I would help you out with your list this year. The ever-growing number of products on the market makes it really hard to stay focused on what essential gear should be in your toolkit. Below is a list of equipment, software and reference material that I use and find invaluable for my photography business. So grab a cup of java, sit back and have a read through this rather long post. You may find a deal or two as well as some free stuff. Keep reading  🙂

Gear

Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit

Canon EOS 7D, camera, DSLR

I really love my Canon 7D. I’ve had it for about 2 years now and it’s definitely a workhorse. I sometimes find the need to shoot at high ISOs (3200 and higher) and it handles noise beautifully. It’s got a 19 point AF System and a shooting rate of up to 7fps. It’s really come down in price since I bought mine so worthwhile taking a look at this.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

Canon 24-70 f/2.8L, lens

I must say that this lens is one of the best investments that I’ve made. The 24-70 f/2.8L is the lens that is always on my camera. It’s so versatile for all types of photography and the images this piece of glass produces are sharp, sharp, sharp. I promised myself a long time ago that as I needed to upgrade or buy new lens I would wait until I had the money to buy a quality lens and Canon’s “L” lens live up to the hype that you always hear about. You may want to put this one on your wish list ahead of time so Santa has sometime to save up for it.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Canon, telephoto zoom, 70-200mm, f/4, lens, image stabilizer

I wrote a review on the 70-200 f/4L back in the summer. I loved it then and I sill love it. You can read the review here and find out why I went with the f/4L instead of the f/2.8L.

Kirk L-Bracket

Kirk Enterprise, L Bracket, Canon 7D

Is this a must have? For me it is. It allows me to mount my camera onto a tripod in either a horizontal or vertical position quickly. The Kirk L- Bracket works with any Arca Style Quick Release Platform so if you have a Really Right Stuff or Markins ball head this will work. Make sure your purchasing the one that will fit your DSLR.

WD 4TB My Book Studio Edition II Quad Interface External Hard Drive

If you’re not backing up your images you’re taking a big risk with your images and all the hard work you’ve put into them. You’ve read it before I’m sure…the question isn’t “will your hard drive fail but when”. After I transfer all my images from my memory card to my hard drive I back them up immediately to my WD external hard drive which is a RAID drive. I then have an additional backup, the LaCie 3TB d2 Quadra Hard Drive with USB 3.0 / Thunderbolt. Both these drive perform extremely well and I’m confident that if one should fail my library of images are just a few keystrokes away.

WD External RAID Drive

BlackRapid RS-W1 Ballistic Nylon Women’s Strap (Black)

After many years of using a traditional camera strap I found I was doing more damage to my neck then I really wanted to. I tried different straps…padded around the neck, different materials but I just wasn’t pleased or comfortable. A friend told me to give the Black Rapid a try, I did and I really love this strap. It’s saved me a lot of neck ache and the BlackRapid made specifically for women (don’t laugh you male photographers out there) is curved in just the right places so it sits across your chest nicely. And yes there are non-female versions available as well.

Gura Gear Bataflae Camera Bag

Gura Gear Bataflae 18L, review, camera bag, backpack, exterior

Gura Gear Bataflae 18L, review, camera bag, backpack, interior compartment

I just wrote a review about the Bataflae a couple of weeks ago which you can find on my products review page. I love this bag and if you or someone you know needs a new camera bag then look no further.

Filters and Memory Cards and Batteries…Oh My!

My go to store for photographic equipment is B&H Photo in New York. Unfortunately I don’t get to New York as often as I would like but their online store is the best. Even for little ‘ole me living in Canada, B&H has made so easy to order from them. If your living in Canada they will calculate shipping, customs and duties before you submit your order online so you know exactly what you’re paying.  I’ve done the math and I save money when I order from B&H.

Software & Plug-Ins

Here’s a list of the software and plug-ins that I use and swear by. These form part of my workflow and I couldn’t do what I do without these tools. You might be surprised to find Photoshop Elements on the list and not Photoshop CS. I was holding out for the longest time and was eventually going to purchase CS and then Adobe changed the rules of the game. Since I didn’t already own CS5 or CS6 I would have had to pay the full subscription rate for Adobe CC so I decided against it. Do I feel that I’m at a disadvantage by using Elements? Absolutely not. I think the advances in Elements over the years has made it a software any professional photographer can use.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for Mac and Windows (Download)

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Software for Mac and Windows (Download)

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Topaz Labs

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Clarity, Black & White Effects, Adjust, DeNoise, Detail…these are just a few of the Topaz plug-ins that I use. I write about them in my blog posts and usually let you know when I’ve used them in processing my images (check the tags). You can get a 15% discount on all Topaz products by using the discount ELPHOTO.

I also wanted to let you know that Topaz Labs is running a promotion on its Black & White Effects plug-in. Until November 19th B&W Effects is only $29.99. That’s a 50% savings and a steal for this plug-in.

Give the Gift of Art!

Yikes…I’ve said it…there you go. Here’s a bit of shameless self promotion. Gear is fun but if there’s someone special on your list why not give the gift of art. You can head on over to my gallery. All images are available in a variety of sizes. Make sure you check out the Float Mounted Metal Prints. They look great and they’re ready to go up on the wall when you receive them. From now until December 25 use the code Holiday2013 and save 15% on your order.

 

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eBooks & Free Stuff

Well really…you must have known that I would include some of my favourite ebooks as part of this list 🙂

Ok…let’s start with some free stuff….yes free…first from Craft & Vision. Just click on the images and download…Happy Holidays!

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Other Craft & Vision titles that are a must for your library include:

Lightroom 5 Unmasked

eyePhone – Make Stronger Photographs with Your Camera Phone

Making the Print – Printing Techniques for the Digital Photographer (A Masterclass)

Here’s a terrific ebook from Ian Plant and the team at Dreamscapes and it’s absolutely free…

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…and if you haven’t yet picked up and read Visual Flow – Mastering the Art of Composition then I suggest you check it out. You can read my review of Visual Flow here.

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This free ebook has just been released from photographer and author Mitchell Kanashkevich, 7 Tips for Natural Looking Travel Portraits.

7 Tips Travel Portraits

Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my little round-up of gear, software, art and ebooks. Hopefully I’ve given you some ideas for gifts for yourself or for some one special. If you’ve enjoyed this post and found it useful please share it with your social networks. Thanks and have a great week everyone.

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Rabari – Encounters With the Nomadic Tribe

A New eBook from Light Stalking

When Light Stalking approached me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a new ebook that they were getting ready to release I was intrigued. They stated that this new ebook provided great insight into the photographic process of a travel photographer by Mitchell Kanashkevich.

The first thing that struck me when I received the book were the images. They started to tell me a story right away, that of a talented photographer who engages his subjects in order to exude a sense of familiarity and serenity in his subjects. How else could he capture such personal and enthralling images of his subjects.

As I read the book I quickly realized that this was much more than just the technical side of the photographic process (although that it is) it also lays out, in detail, the thought process of a photographer as he defines his objectives of what the final portrait is to convey.

The book is comprised of 10 images  and for each image Mitchell Kanashkevich out lines the following: 

  • background information of how he selected his subject and where he shot
  • Objectives
  • Lighting which is modeled with a detailed lighting map
  • Composition
  • Equipment used and camera setting
  • Challenges & he overcame them
  • The “what” and “why” of post processing

I really felt that I was along for the ride on this photo shoot. It helped demystify how these images were taken. I’ve always found it intimidating shooting portraits when I’m travelling and Mitchell has created a guide that answers all those questions that you’ve ever asked as a photographer. To me the most useful part was understanding his thought process, how he lit his subjects and his post processing work….yes these images didn’t come straight out of the camera looking like this.

Kanashkevich is a travel and documentary photographer who’s written for Digital Photography School and Craft & Vision. His work is used by Getty and Corbis and has been seen on the cover of Geographical magazine and Digital SLR Photographer as well as in many other magazines. He has visited exotic locations such as Indonesia, India and Ethiopia to further his photographic experience and travel photography portfolio.

Rabari – Encounters With the Nomadic Tribe is available for download for the special Christmas release price of $19.95 when you apply the special launch discount code “HAPPYXMAS” until Dec 25th. Click Here to get the ebook.