Learning and knowing your gear can go a long way, especially when you're on a budget or just starting out. It's not always about the camera body, the lenses, the brushes or the the wrench. Yes, higher end gear may produce better quality output, sharper image or even stand a longer test of time but it does not make a better artist. For the past two years I shot with a Canon Rebel T3i, eventually learning it like the back of my own hand. I appreciated what it could do and understood what it could not do, so within those boundaries I pushed myself to the max. Eventually, I started to hit my head on the ceiling with it's limitations, holding me back from what I wanted to do or could do... not creatively but technically. Tired of those bumps I upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark III. Initially I wanted to do a self portrait with the old Rebel's new bigger brother but then I thought to myself, let's do one more solid project with the Rebel itself and throw the big brother in the portrait with with me. So now not only had a I recently upgraded my camera body but it was also the close of a very intensive year of experience and growth. What I ended up with was a goal to shoot myself with an entry level camera and lens using and blending lighting styles I've learned this past year. I do believe I successfully pulled it off, but you be the judge... below is the lighting set up, tech data and final image. Now, I know there will always be a debate on entry level gear vs professional gear. Could I of captured a higher quality image with the 5DMIII and L glass, yes I do believe so, but is that what everyone's end goal is? No, it's not, and sometimes I think the thought of not having better gear can dampen one's artistic creativity. My point is that a better gear does not make you a better artist at your trade. Learn your gear! Know it's limitations and focus on becoming a better artist with the tools you have.
18-55mm @ 35mm
Camera Left - Einstein e640 w/Protek Soft Lighter II @ 1/16th power with a silver reflector in a clamshell set up (Triggered optically).
Camera Right - 600 EX-RT (A) w/ a socked Rapid Box @ 1/16th (Triggered with Canon ST-E3-RT).
Boomed Overhead - 600 EX-RT (B) w/Fotodix 24 x 36 Soft Box boomed overhead @ 1/128th( Triggered with Canon ST-E3-RT).
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