SharpByCoop Photography Gear

How it’s done.

We have kept up with technology right from the outset. The current setup has (5) major components–and one you won’t see. Read on….

1. Camera:

The Canon EOS-6D Mark II is a 26mp full-frame DSLR capable of producing poster-sized prints and 35mb RAW files. My style of shooting requires I be mobile and dynamic, shooting at many angles, and so this camera is ideal for my fluid style. Like most dynamic photographers, I prefer not using a tripod.

2. Lenses:

To utilize the benefits of such resolution I concentrate on fixed-size macro lenses. I rotate 40mm, 50mm, 70mm, and 100mm PRIME lenses as the size of the objects require, and I utilize a circular polarizer filter to optimize or reduce highlights as needed. These lenses produce finer detail from corner-to corner, even better than a good telephoto lens. I also have a Canon 24-105L for anything else.

3. Lighting:

The absolute key to great images. My setup, whether at a show or in my studio is the same: I have two monostrobes pouring light into a custom tent diffuser of my own design and build. I position a variety of table mirrors to help redirect the light inwards.

4. Processing:

Both the 27″ iMac w/5k resolution, and Adobe Photoshop CC2021 are the highest standards in the photographic industry. In my studio and on the road, for captures only, I tether to a Macbook Pro directly linked to the camera with a large Samsung portrait monitor for viewing.

5. Printing:

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is a medium-format printer capable of HUGE prints. Most importantly is the long-term quality of the the inks and paper, and the exact replication of the image from monitor to paper. I have never been so pleased with a printer’s output.

6. Skill: 

The most important piece of ‘equipment’ is the technician’s methods, knowledge, and artistry–which I strive for. (You would agree in your fields also!) The best equipment in the world is of no value to a mediocre talent, and the most primitive of tools can give stunning results in the right hands.