Hi! I’m Evan Scales, a commercial and editorial photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts.
I’ve been shooting stills and video since I was in lower school – I remember saving up for the Flip Ultra video camera (when Flips were all the rage). I still shoot both stills and video, but I’ll focus on stills here.
I’ve never narrowed my genres into one word, like “commercial.” Lots of folks have advised me to do this for business purposes, but it never felt right. So today, I shoot a wide mix of things (and love it), from corporate headshots to boats in Florida, to hockey in Fenway. I’ll focus on my commercial work for this article, though.
I’m a huge gear nerd (always have been). I’m a Canon guy. My first DSLR was the Canon T3i, which I still own (and used to shoot my gear layout). I love that camera. One time I left it strapped to the roof of an ice rink for a month, tethered over USB/ethernet. It worked flawlessly.
That’s what I love most about the gear I use: the dependability. It’s something you can’t really know from a spec sheet. Canon knocked it out of the park with my pride and joy today, the 1DX Mark II.
I’ve tried to only include the gear I use regularly in this gear breakdown. Apart from the gear, I do all my post on an iMac with Lightroom (and Photoshop for detailed tweaks). I use Capture One for tethering and a Synology 10GB server/network for storage.
Canon 1DX Mark II: Can’t go wrong with this. It’s like a bunch of Canon’s best cameras put together. It’s got better AF than the 7DII, which is insanely fast and accurate to begin with.
Canon 6D: The second DSLR I ever got. Killer image at a decent price point. It’s my backup on pretty much every shoot.
Canon 7DII: I use this as a second camera for sports. I also use it in my Aquatech housing for in-water shots.
Sony A6000: Super tiny. The leather grip makes it 20 times better (would recommend buying).
📷 Related: What's so great about the Sony a6000?
Fujifilm X100T: My vacation camera. I’m honestly not a huge fan (the controls are weirdly designed). But I also don’t shoot much when I’m on vacation.
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II
Canon 400mm f/5.6L
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II
Canon 24mm f/1.4L II
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4
Sony 10-18mm f/4
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Canon 600EX-RT (2)
Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter
Canon’s radio system in select Speedlites is killer. I use it all the time for headshots, weddings, events, etc. The Speedlites themselves are really quick to use and easy to mount.
Profoto D1: I’m a huge Profoto fan. These lights are super durable.
PocketWizard Plus III
Westcott 26” Rapid Box for Speedlites
Aquatech BASE housing for 7DII
Mavic Pro Drone
Bolt flash pack
Canon WFT-E8A wireless file transmitter for 1DXII
Freehands photo gloves
Storm Jacket cover for 1DXii with 300mm lens
Tether Tools tethering cable and extension
Icom UHF radio for land use (I lease 4 frequencies throughout the USA)
Icom VHF radio for marine use