For a lot of people, photography is a life-long journey that starts at a young age. For Michael Grecco, it was a dreamy affair with the darkroom that started way back in summer camp. Fast-forward to the formidable years and he knew what he wanted to do when he went onto college: photojournalism.
How much should you spend on your gear, and what do you get for your money? Is a high-dollar item better than a less expensive item with similar features? Like every photographer in today’s market, I ask myself that very question when putting down cash for equipment.
A big question I get about the gear I use is, “Is that worth the money?” And for most of the gear I own, the answer is yes. Photography and video are the way I pay the bills, so the gear I use must work every single time I pull it out of the case.
When it comes to photographing people, there might not be a better, and more used light modifier than the mighty beauty dish. But when the time comes to hitting the road, this bulky and fragile item is usually the first left behind. Photographer M.D. Welch compares Chimera’s Octa Beauty collapsible beauty dish to traditional metal beauty dishes and shows you that you don’t have to sacrifice perfect lighting for portability.
Grids are one of the most powerful tools for Photographers. But when it comes to softboxes, grids can go from friend to foe in a matter of moments. Photographer and Filmmaker M.D. Welch, specializing in commercial and editorial work demonstrates with different subjects and locations. How he lights subjects and which Chimera Lighting tools he uses to get the job done.
The biggest thing you’ll always hear over and over in tons of businesses is – location, location, location. Photography is no different but that mantra is not entirely as simple and direct as per se, the real estate industry. Simply put, people tell you that if you shoot a certain style of photography you should be in a big market for that said photography genre to make your business flourish. Dan McClanahan will tell you why thats not true.