The majority of the images you see here are personal, fine art projects in a similar style that I try and incorporate into my advertising and editorial work. It is all heavily staged, cinematically lit and has a narrative and conceptual backstory.
My gear shot came out in line with most of my other work which is generally overdone and unnecessarily complicated. Most of the images have been made between 2008 and now using whatever Canon DSLR was around at the time (primarily a Canon 1ds Mark II, a Canon 5d Mark 2 and a Canon 5d Mark 3) with either a Canon 35mm f/1.4, Canon 50mm f/1.2, or Canon 85mm f/1.2 L series prime lens.
There are typically a wide variety of strobes incorporated such as the Profoto 600R or Profoto 7B on location and the Profoto Acute 2400 or Profoto 7A if there is power available. Additionally there can be smaller Canon Speedlights and Sunpak 544’s in hard to reach places or slaved bulb-shaped strobes on light strings.
Each of the strobes and sometimes even the camera are triggered wirelessly by Pocket Wizards. The camera is tethered to a Macbook Pro and an NEC 27-inch monitor.
Some other essential items you see in this shot are the smoke bombs, sparklers, canned smoke, road flares, cinefoil, gels, tape, light meter, sketchbook, super clamps, j-hooks, sunscreen, sunglasses, go-pro, various props and seamless paper.
Also included are a Rolleiflex from 1951 and some Kodak Portra 400 NC film which I use more often for street photography and impromptu portraits.
Inside Ryan’s camera bag:
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