Captured Faithfule

Not just magicians have a bag of tricks

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Photographers do too.  Sometimes we have even more than one bag of tricks actually.  Such was the case for me until recently.  I decided I was worth the investment of a nice camera bag that would hold all my current tools.  It arrived just in time for me to look and feel professional at my first wedding shoot  (I DID look professional right Kaity?!?!?).  I know that I am going to outgrow my current bag eventually.  I mean I already want to get a new camera and have a long (and by long I mean expensive) list of dream lenses.  Before I talk about what’s in my bag, lemme show you a few of the things I’m dreaming about real quick.

First the body…he even has a name.  His name is Mark.  More specifically, 5D Mark III.  He honestly has the perfect body.  I love to look at it.  Maybe the camera enthusiasts in you will too.  Here’s what he looks like:

On first glance, he doesn’t look too much different from his rebel sibling, but man what he can do!  His ISO ranges from 100-25600 and he shoots with amazing 22.3mp IN full-frame (which means no cropping inside the camera and lens for a wider shot), and he can create HDR images too.  I think I might be in love.  Anyone got one they want to let me borrow so I can decide whether I can commit?  Lol.  I don’t believe that you have to have fancy pancy gear to do a good job, but when it comes to cameras and lenses, you definitely get what you pay for and if you’re gonna “go” you might as well go big!  Ok, next up, a couple of my wish-list lenses.  First we have this amazing telephoto lens.

Awwwwwwwwwwwww this looks divine doesn’t it?!?!?!?  The Canon website says ” the EF 300mm f/2.8 IS II USM is ready to deliver spectacular images in an instant. With a third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when the shutter button is fully pressed, and giving the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster, the EF 300mm f/2.8 IS II USM allows for easy panning and is ideally positioned for professional action photography.”  MSRP….$7300.  I can’t wait till I can afford this lens!

Another bad boy I’ve dreamed about is this little beauty:

EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Do not let its size fool you though.  This guy has a price tag of over $2k, but (again according to Canon) “the high-speed AF and circular aperture create a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is ideal for portraits and weddings.”  I could see this being my “go-to” lens real easily.  Maybe when I win the lottery I don’t play, I can make this kind of investment.   Until then, I’m getting along pretty fine and dandy with my current gear.  Here’s a picture of everything all nice and pretty in my new camera bag:

What is all that stuff you ask?  Just a few of my favorite things.  I bought a Canon EOS Rebel T3 from Best Buy in February.  To that camera I’ve added this kit from and this lens, also from  Additionally I have an 8 point star filter,  remote trigger, and  Neewer speedlite.  All of which, plus memory cards,  cleaning cloths, my wallet, keys, phone, mints and a few other things fit in this bag.  I wish I could afford high-end lenses like those shown above, but for now these will have to do.

In addition to this bag of tricks, I also use a Ravelli tripod.  It’s such a huge improvement over what I was using and priced for those on a budget as tight as mine.  You can find it at Amazon too by clicking here, but here’s what it looks like:

Ravelli APLT4 61" Light Weight Aluminum Tripod With Bag and Free Mini Wire Leg Tripod

Couple of things I adore about this tripod are that the center piece cranks up for added height (it brings the camera just about eye-level to me), and it has a hook option for adding weight to make the tripod heavier should you need to.  The carrying bag that it comes in leaves a little to be desired (it would be great if it was long enough to carry cross body), but there is a built in handle on the tripod itself.  The best part though is the quick release plate mount.  That will be a must-have feature in any future tripod purchases.

And, as if all this gear wasn’t enough yet, I also have just about everything I need for an indoor studio feel, most of which is portable.  I have a portable backdrop stand, a good selection of backdrops, (more added often see Facebook Business Page for details on background options), and even studio lighting.  Then, if my captures aren’t perfect right off the camera, I shoot in Raw and use Camera Raw and Photoshop to edit and process images.  All of this is done to help make sure that any moment Captured Faithfule becomes a cherished memory.

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