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Category: Equipment

Equipment – What camera do I shoot with?

I’m asked pretty frequently what kind of camera I shoot with and for some jobs it looks a little like this. Really it’s not about the camera though…you could give me the same hockey puck that Sidney Crosby used in the Gold medal game and I couldn’t even begin to make it do what he does.

I had a couple questions from people wondering how/what I did to create the images from my Playground 2 event coverage. Well, I used this camera/lens here:

Canon 5D with Pinhole

Well some of your are probably wondering where is the lens?…

Short answer: It’s right on the camera.

I created a digital pinhole camera out of some gaffer’s tape, tinfoil, a sewing needle and some guess and testing. With pinhole photography light comes through that tiny hole at a very high aperture setting rendering everything in scene in focus. Couldn’t get the exact aperture on site so you have to guess and test a little with exposure times. On the Canon 5D this “lens” ends up being the equivalent of a 80-90mm.

In short it is not the camera that matters, more so the person holding it.

Equipment – Purchased, Photoshop CS5


So earlier this week I mentioned that I had purchased Lightroom 3. In addition I also upgraded/purchased Photoshop CS5

Photoshop CS5 Startup
It actually took me three tries to get this screen grab, the dam thing loads too quickly - © 2011 Kurtis Stewart

Again, I use Photoshop ALL the time (eg. all the images on this blog are thrown through CS5 for one reason or another). There are so many pluses with CS5 compared to CS3 (which is what I was using before) including:

  1. Fantastic User Interface Changes. Curves Adjustment doesn’t pop up in front of your image, AWESOME.
  2. Tighten up your workflow. Change brush size with a keyboard modifier and a pen movement rather than a “brush window”.
  3. Faster + larger stitches, I threw a 70 raw file pano at it…Photoshop looked at that…laughed…devoured it…then asked for more in the queue. Normally I’d have to do that in chunks of 20 files or so.

I could go on and on, needless to say CS5 is amazing and I’m kicking myself for not upgrading sooner.

Equipment – Purchased Lightroom 3


One of the reasons I got into photography in the first place is the fact that you have to keep up with the technology and you’re always learning. Realize that since graduating the Langara Professional Photo Imaging Program I’ve become a little more stagnant than I would like to be. I’ve gotten very comfortable with my workflow and haven’t taken the opportunity to go out there and see what I could improve. So, along with joining NAPP I also purchased Lightroom 3…

My Version of Lightroom
My new opportunity for a learning curve - © 2011 Kurtis Stewart

With all to improvements such as tethered capture, lens correction improvements and the simple watermarking features it was a no brainer. As well it’s a program a ton of my colleagues use and I never want to be in a position where I can’t at least run a lap around a program. Tons of features to go through and workflow to change now that this is on my computer…

Now to learn it inside out like Photoshop…work in progress people, work in progress.