About

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Hi, I’m Ryan, a photographer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I shoot mostly glamour, fitness, boudoir, and fashion photos. I love traveling and meeting new people on my journeys. This is just a fun place for me to share photos and post stuff related to photography. If you need to get a hold of me, or would like to model for me, you can contact me here.

My Recommended Camera Gear

Here are a list of products that I use, love, and highly recommend. This is what I shoot with on a daily basis. Most links below are Amazon affiliate links (disable your ad blocker to see them) — you can help support this site by making your purchases by clicking the links below before shopping on Amazon.

DSLR Cameras & Battery Grips

The Nikon D750 FX DSLR camera is my current workhorse camera body, with the Nikon D610 being my backup camera body. I use the third-party Meike MK-DR750 Battery Grip on the D750, which I’ve found is fairly comparable to Nikon’s hideously overpriced version. The equally overpriced Nikon MB-D14 is what I’ve paired with the Nikon D610, before I knew solid third-party options existed. The Nikon grips have better build quality, but the value proposition of a third-party grip is too good to pass up — usually you can buy three or four for the price of just one Nikon.

     

DSLR Lenses

I primarily use three main lenses for photographing models — a 50mm, 85mm, and 70-200mm. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. The 70-200mm is one of Nikon’s “holy trinity” of lenses and is probably my most used lens. The other three lenses here are mostly what I use for landscape work, travel, events, and other miscellaneous uses. Opteka’s 6.5mm fisheye lens is a fun toy and dirt cheap to boot. Great fun to play around with.

         

Lighting

I’ve only ever used monolight strobes from Paul C. Buff Inc. as my main lighting source in studio and on location. The AlienBees and Einstein models are tough as nails and reliable. For events and other work, the Nikon SB-910 has been serving me well for eons and it’s now been replaced by the SB-5000.

In terms of accessories and modifiers, let’s start with light stands. Manfrotto’s 1052BAC are heavy duty stands with a super neat system that allows the stands to be clasped together for easy transport.

A 5-in-1 collapsible reflector is one of the handiest tools in any photographer’s bag.

My two favourite modifiers are beauty dishes and parabolic umbrellas. The 22” Impact Beauty Dish is my first choice (with grid to control spill), but if it’s too expensive or out of stock, the Fotodiox is a good alternative. Paul C. Buff’s 86” PLM Umbrella is a comically large modifier only suitable for large indoor spaces — I can’t imagine how many sandbags you’d need to weigh it down for outdoor use — and the quality of light it produces is amazing. Highly recommended.

           

Accessories

At some point, every photographer is going to have a bag, box, drawer, cupboard, or even a whole closet overflowing with various knick-knacks and accessories. These are some of the more useful ones I use.

  • Vello Freewave LR Flash Triggers are the most reliable triggers I’ve used. They appear to be a rebadged version of the well regarded Phottix Ares triggers.
  • After trying way too many ugly, uncomfortable, camera backpacks, I can say Lowepro’s Transit 350AW is the first one that’s truly comfortable and one I use for every light duty shoot. My most recent purchase is for more gear-heavy needs: the Manfrotto Pro Roller 50. Awesome rolling bag!
  • I’ve had way better luck with Lexar cards over the years than with SanDisk, who seem to have strange compatibility issues pop up again and again.
  • Rode is pretty much the gold standard for shotgun mics, and I use one when recording behind-the-scenes videos. For more dialogue heavy purposes, check out the amazingly priced lavalier microphones from Aspen Mics. Paired with a spare iPhone and a basic audio recording app, these mics are crazy good for the price.
  • The AmazonBasics brand of high-capacity AA and AAA batteries are an insanely good, insanely less expensive competitor to Eneloops. They’re fantastic. Prime members get an additional 20% off.
  • When carrying a camera around all day, neck straps are the actual worst. The Spider Pro Holster is an ingenious belt/holster solution to take the pressure off necks and shoulders. I love mine.
  • I gave up on Gary Fong products a while ago after discovering MagMod, a unique solution that uses magnets to attach modifiers to speedlights. I’ll never go back to Fong.
  • While it’s not my primary tripod, the AmazonBasics Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod is a really good value as it appears to be a rebranded MeFoto tripod at a severely discounted price. Great for smaller/lightweight cameras — I tend to set a small camera on it for time lapse videos. Prime members get an additional 20% off.
  • For computer needs, I store everything I’ve ever shot in Drobo devices.
  • You can never have too much gaffer tape.
  • Lastly, to keep gear in top shape, I recommend sensor cleaning brushes from Visible Dust, lens wipes from Zeiss, and any old rocket blower.

                         

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