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A New Challenger Appears! – Shooting on the Cheap

Marissa and her castle of Books

Marissa and her castle of Books – Warhorse Cafe in Atlanta GA

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.

This is the Kit – Used Canon 20D, Canon 40 2.8 STM, 2 Cheap Yong Nuo Flashes, Phottix Stratos II Multi’s, a super clamp, and some Gels (which werent used)

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)

The greatest game to ever be invented, one of my biggest joys.

The great dictator, head of the Atlanta Photographers Guild

Come and feel the sun – Marissa

Unspoken Truths – Adriana

Shady back alley Dealings

Marrisa and Tim the assistant

Marissa – Reflections

About trentchau

Photographer, videographer, and photography instructor in Atlanta. Born in New Orleans. I love food more than photography, but do love photography quite a bit.

6 comments on “A New Challenger Appears! – Shooting on the Cheap

  1. Oscar Spearman
    February 20, 2013

    Proof positive that technique and skill and passion can take you further than simply having the latest, greatest gear. Great work on a low budget. Many of the great photographers who predate the advent of modern DSLRs created masterpieces with much less than we have today. Thanks for the reminder.

    I’m interested in seeing more pics showing the balance of natural and artificial lighting using speedlites.

  2. gligoneogsBex
    February 20, 2013

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  3. Dino Cardelli
    February 20, 2013


    You are my Yoda….keep it up !!!

    You are an inspiration to all who shoot with you and share your knowldge freely….you will be a great successs in your new venture of teaching others the profession you love.

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