August 02, 2013
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If you know me at all, you know that I have a thing for shoes.  It’s ok.  A relatively harmless addiction, unless you consider closet space and the fact that my guy’s clothes were moved to the laundry room in order to make space for my ever-expanding collection of shoes.

Shoe fetish aside, there are not a whole lot of *things*  that I feel an intense need to possess.   Camera gear, meh, as long as I have the basics plus a back-up I’m pretty much a bare essentials kinda girl.

What’s in my bag?  ((My leather winter white and black Jill-E medium that stylishly sits atop the large black leather/suede rolling Jill-E large)) *eyebrow waggle*

  • Canon 5D Mark III – main camera body
  • Canon 50D – backup body
  • Sigma 35mm 1.4
  • Canon 85mm 1.8
  • Canon 24-105 L
  • Canon 100mm first generation macro
  • a pair of  Canon 580 EXII flash units
  • cyber sync triggers
  • 40’ish rechargeable eneloop batteries
  • LED video light

That’s it.  Other than various light stands, a tripod, a handful of shoot through and reflective umbrellas and a single soft-box that I never use.  I have a 50 1.2 on my wishlist but I’ll be honest, I doubt I’ll ever take the plunge because I’m somewhat accident prone, clumsy and in-the-moment of a session I have a tendency to be careless with my gear.  ((I think it’s a good thing to know your own limitations and tendencies, yes?))

Gear talk reminds me of an experience I had several years back as I was shooting with a group at a friend’s studio.   ((I detest herd shooting and yet there I was))  A gentlemen ((using the term loosely here)) asked me where my light meter was.  Me?  I’m puzzled and replied with  “uh.. in my camera” and he was all like eye-roll and muttered something about amateur mom-tog as he walked away.

Pfft.  ((I got your light meter hangin right here budddieeeee!))   

Later that day the entire group gathered after shooting and we were all discussing gear and Mr. Light Meter called me out.  Yeah.  So?  No.  I don’t use an external light meter.  ((and I still don’t  as I don’t find it necessary for my style of capture, perhaps in the future as I delve into areas unexplored but for now the in-camera meter works perfectly))

Case in point:

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Shot with Canon 5DMIII, 85mm 1.8 lens @ ISO 500, 1/125, f/2.5, spot meter, one shot silent shutter, auto white balance

Metering for the highlights using spot metering mode, I had to practically stand above Miss Emily ((the gorgeous model)) to meter to the middle for the brightest bit of skin that would be in the frame upon capture and adjust settings  for an exposure appropriate for skin tone lighter than middle grey – test shot to show me that I was not blowing the highlight to bits and roll with it….

So.  Now you know what’s in my bag-o-tricks and how I meter.

*grin*  Middle finger to Mister Light Meter.  Momtog my $#%#@