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Today was a beautiful day in Atlanta, absolutely stunning. It really gave a great mood to challenge myself as a photographer today and just enjoy the day despite being sick still. Normally I have access to a current generation camera in the Canon 5d Mark III and lenses that could pay almost half a year’s worth of car payments, and in many ways the gear has spoiled me. So today rather than go for equipment I was used to, the challenge was to use equipment that was cheaper than $150. This meant using an old 9 year old Canon 20D purchased recently for $140 (I have plans for it that involve water), it also meant using the very awesome Canon 40 2.8 STM (which was reviewed here). This pair was absolutely fun, extremely light to carry, and made it less photography and more enjoynography.
Along with the really portable 20d/40 2.8 STM combo, a good buddy Patrick leant 2 Yung Nou 560 flashes that are only $75’ish each. Lights are lights, and these guys were very easy and fun to use. They were triggered using a Phottix Stratos II Multi system which have proved as reliable and easier to use than the normally stupidly expensive Pocket Wizard that’s been the mainstay for 8 years. All together the total kit was less than $630. Wow $630, that couldn’t even afford to pay for half the price of all the other stuff normally used for a shoot like this.
Enough talk, here’s some photos from the day. Marissa blessed us (Tim Fox “Assistant” and I) with her presence to shoot at the Atlanta Goat Farm studios, and later we all met up at the Elliot Street Pub to do the Atlanta Photographers Guild shoot. Enjoy, please feel free to leave comments on these photos at the facebook gallery here (where you can see all the photos taken), and I highly suggest you do a cheap gear challenge if you’ve spoiled yourself with the best of the best: Low Budget Shooting 02.19.2013 (Facebook Gallery)