The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes – Gear Guide
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens
This high-performance telephoto lens has a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. It also has four ultra-low dispersion elements, an internal focusing system, a focus range limiter, and a removable, rotatable tripod collar.
F.J. Westcott 30″ 5-in-1 Reflector Kit
Using this fast and affordable reflector is an easy way to achieve diffused or reflective light. Collapses and fits easily within a provided travel case.
Lastolite Large 6.6×6.6′ Standard Skylite Rapid Kit
Ideal for outdoor shoots, this kit is built around lightweight, but sturdy, aluminum alloy. Easy to set up and comes with carrying bag.
Lastolite Swivel Grip Heads
These grip heads are used to attach the Lastolite Skylite to stands and also allow the Skylite to tilt, as needed.
53″ Elinchrom Midi Octa
This softbox features a rotating speed ring mount for exact positioning, spring-loaded self-locking struts for fast, easy setup, and durable snap fasteners to quickly attach the inner diffuser. It has a double diffusion design, folds like an umbrella, and mounts onto any Elinchrom head.
Westcott Shallow Softbox 54×72″
An ideal softbox for tight quarters and low headroom. Perfect for shooting full-length portraits or large products. Comes with a carrying case, but does require an optional speed ring that matches your light.
ExpoImaging Ray Flash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter
This allows you to convert your shoe-mounted flash into a ring light and attaches to your system by clamping onto the flash head and extending down around the lens. Functions with TTL metering and does not affect color temperature of flash.
Elinchrom RF3000 Ring Flash Head
Can be used with any Elinchrom power pack and is capable of storing 300 watt/seconds. Used as a shadowless, high-key source of light and offers unique ring-shaped catch lights. With an inner opening of 4″, it can be used with most small and medium-format lenses.
Lastolite Triflector MkII
Easy to use and versatile, the Triflector provides a unique quality of light. The three white/silver panels on one light stand, along with an overhead light, provide distinctive catch lights. Used in portrait and fashion photography.
Impact Two Section 3′ Back Light Stand
Consists of a base and riser. Used to place as a mounted floor or table level light.
HURLEYPRO ProBoard 4×8′ Rollable Reflective Sheet
Reversible light modifier and background that can be rolled up and slipped into included ProBag to take on the road. The front/shooting side has a white matte surface and the back has a black semi-gloss surface.
Impact QuikBox Softbox Kit (24×24″)
Can be popped open and assembled in minutes. Mounts to included umbrella bracket and slips onto provided air-cushioned light stand. Use with a hot-shoe flash to help diffuse and evenly distribute light output.
Westcott Mega JS Apollo softbox (50×50″)
This softbox is built on an umbrella frame. Does not require speed ring to attach it to a studio light and fits into the umbrella receptacle found on almost all styles of studio lights.
ExpoImaging Rogue 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grid
This grid is designed for hot-shoe flashes and is very lightweight. It comes with three different size grids (25° and 45°, which can be combined to create a 16°), so you can choose precisely how tight of a beam you want.
PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver
This versatile combination transmitter and receiver offers 10 standard channels and navigation between these channels is easily controlled by a backlit channel dial. When used in ideal conditions, the transceiver is capable of producing and receiving a signal up to 1,600 feet away.
Westcott 1-Stop Collapsible Diffuser
Compact, lightweight, and easy to carry.
Canon 500D Close-Up Lens
This close-up lens screws onto the front of a lens like a filter and is geared for lenses with a focal length anywhere from 70mm to 300mm.
Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Hybrid RX Lead-Gel Battery 1-Light Standard A Kit
This kit includes a Ranger Quadra Hybrid RX Pack with a Lead-Gel Battery, multi-voltage charger, and a small and lightweight RQ Hybrid A (Action) flash head.
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Lens
This macro focus lens for Canon full-frame cameras is an ideal “all-in-one” lens for travel and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Also available for Nikon cameras.
Westcott Strip Softbox with Silver Interior (12×36″)
Used for dramatic lighting, product lighting, or for a soft hair light. The silver circular center bounces light off the back of the softbox causing a more even light.
Westcott Spiderlite TD6s
The TD6 accepts fluorescent (300W capacity), tungsten (1200W capacity), and flash bulbs, and it has six ceramic sockets. Its three separate controls allow multiple combinations of bulbs together with no color shirt. It’s also available as the heart of several kits that include various combinations of softboxes, tilt brackets, stands, and cases.
Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox for Flash (14×35″)
Designed for use with a strobe; not intended for continuous light. Comes with silver interior and flush front face, which provides a wider spread of light than a box with a recessed front. Can be used as a side light without as much wraparound as a regular rectangular softbox.
Hoodman HoodLoupe Professional LCD Screen Loupe for 3″ Displays
Used to make a close inspection of the review image displayed on your digital SLR LCD display. It isolates the camera’s LCD display from ambient light, so you will not be distracted by glare or shadows, making it easy to view image details quickly to confirm focus and ensure that you have the best image possible. Provides full coverage of a 3″ LCD with standard aspect ratio.