I’m Not an Equipment Freak…


…at least I hope not. But what’s in my gear closet? That’s a question I get asked a lot, especially since I started writing the Geared Up column in Shutterbug magazine. In a recent post I asked, “Want a Behind the Scenes Look?” and you said yes. The first video clip I plan on making will be a tour of my home studio and as regard my gear closet, I created the above animation to give you a sneak peek of its own upcoming video.

orphan-annieAs I mentioned last week, I’ve always believed photography was the universal language and somewhere along these 150 years we evolved a language of our own. And every now and then it changes. Back in the film days when people were more obsessed with gear more than the photographs, they were called equipment freaks and sometimes equipment snobs. Nowadays, if you a pixel peeper some shooters are accused of having GAS, “gear acquisition syndrome” a term I’m not all that comfortable with, much like the use of “capture” to describe a photograph or how some people type “desent’ on social media when they mean “decent.”

85mm1-8But unless you’re living a monastic Cartier-Bresson-like existence with one camera and 50mm lens, chances are you own a few pieces of gear, perhaps in order to capture that “ultimate image.” For example, the photograph of Victoria at left was made using a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and EF 85mm f/1.8 lens with an exposure of 1/80 sec at f 9 and ISO 100. The camera did not belong to me, it was on loan for a review, but the lens was mine and has become somewhat of a workhorse, when I shooting Canon SLRs in the studio.

My workaday cameras are Canon EOS SLRs as well as Panasonic and Olympus mirrorless cameras. All the cameras and lenses that are used to make the photographs seen on this blog were paid for with my own money. You may be surprised to know that after reviewing equipment, like the aforementioned SLR, I have to return it to the manufacturer. There are no freebies, at least not for me. Since I pay for all of my own gear you’ll probably notice that some of the cameras I use seem “old” and occasionally I receive e-mail asking “why are you using that old thing?” I’m not an equipment snob for good reason: I can’t afford to be.

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 9.04.28 AMMy book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography is full of tips and techniques for using the cameras and lenses that are stored in my gear closet to produce glamour and boudoir photography. The book is available from your friendly neighborhood book or camera store as well as at Amazon at very nice prices.

Author: Joe Farace

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