Big Things Come In Small Packages.

May 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The lovely little dynamo, Ashley Devo. Such a wonderful shoot! Thanks doll!The lovely little dynamo, Ashley Devo. Such a wonderful shoot! Thanks doll!

It's True: Big Things Come In Small Packages.
 
And it also holds true about the gear these days. Earlier this week I was privileged to have the seriously lovely, little dynamo Ashley (aka Devo - love her nickname!) in my new studio. As the amazing images we got show - you can’t tell that she is only 4 foot 8 inches tall! She brought some epic energy to the shoot - along with a gigantic piece of luggage that contained dozens of wardrobe choices.
 
This shoot was in the works for some time - and we finally got the chance to shoot it at my new studio - which, as the word has it - is also my new home! Many photogs that I know and work with these days choose to forgo the ridiculous overhead that a studio space can incur. It is in fact - one of the biggest barriers to entry in the world of professional photography.
 
So - yes, I do work out of my home - and often turn it, along with just about any location that I travel to - into a mini studio. The gear these days - allows you to make it happen. As such - I have whittled down my kit to just the bare essentials. The focus of this blog entry is simply to give you a glimpse into the small amount of gear you need to make your shoots look like you were in a 40x40 studio with a massive infinity cyclorama (aka cyc wall - yes, it’s pronounced the same as “psych”).
 
To be sure - every photog has a favourite kit - and mine is no exception - I do not receive any endorsement for the gear I use. Yet!
 
So - for this shoot, here is what I used:
 
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon 24-105 F/4 L (One of the best and most versatile lenses I have ever used)
  • Canon 430EX II Speedlite (Mounted On-Camera)
  • Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4it Strobes with 66cm Portalite Softboxes
  • Elinchrom EL-Skyport SPEED Transmitter
  • Savage Universal Portable Background Stands
  • Savage Universal Arctic White, Primary Red and Black Seamless Paper Background
 
The photos were shot in RAW, Post-Processed in LR5 and where needed, edited and resized for production in Photoshop.
 
To those new to photography - this may seem like a fair bit of gear - but let me assure you - that it packs down to 3 bags, along with my camera bag which holds all my lenses, bodies, accessories AND my MacBook Pro.
 
You can feasibly carry this rig with you on a bus. Well, minus the seamless paper. Otherwise - it really is a small - and super effective kit. 
 
I hope the results speak for themselves. Big photoshoot look, with minimal amounts of gear. Go out and shoot!
 
View Devo's full set by clicking here.

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