Tools of the Trade
My favorite software, computers, hard drives, memory cards, MagMod gear, cameras, lenses, and more.
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THE BEST AI CULLING AND EDITING SOFTWARE
AfterShoot has completely changed my life and I don’t say that lightly. It consistently culls and edits my photos with AI technology in just minutes. This is one of the few softwares that everyone must try at least once!
THE BEST CRM (CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER)
Your CRM is a critical part of running your business. I’ve tried all of the popular CRMs over the years and I’ve been with Sprout Studio the longest because it’s the only true all-in-one CRM for photographers.
THE BEST way to hire and get hired
ShootWithMe is the industry’s first all-in-one tool to find associate, second, and assistant photographers. I no longer post in a multitude of Facebook groups and spend time visiting tons of websites. I simply hop on SWM and let all of the available help populate in seconds so I can choose quickly!
2021 16″ MacBook Pro M1 Max w/ 10-Core GPU, 32-Core GPU, 64GB Memory, 4TB SSD
The MacBook Pro is the golden industry-standard laptop that just works. I switched to Apple laptops in 2016 and haven’t looked back since. They’re not cheap but you get what you pay for and I’ve enjoyed the speed and reliability.
If you want to use any MagMod product, you’re going to need a MagGrip (or two or three). The entire MagMod product system revolves around the MagGrip so make sure you have plenty of them.
The MagSphere is the smallest and fastest (yet fairly effective) light diffuser you’ve ever used. Whether you use it on or off camera, you’ll notice a difference in your photos.
The MagGrid is probably my favorite and most used MagMod product. Grids help control your light from spilling in unwanted places and that’s a critical part of my work.
Pro Correction Gels
Are you looking to color balance a scene? Are you looking to get a little more creative with your white balance? The pro correction MagGels are the best way to start out with gels!
Pro Creative Gels
Are you looking to get creative with more colors and really add some colorful punch to your work? The creative MagGels are what you need!
Pro Artistic Gels
Have you tried the creative gels and are looking for a little more variety? Give the pro artistic gels a shot!
MagBox Pro 24 Octa
The newly redesigned softbox is built for speed and great lighting. I use this on every single shoot because it’s portable and fast to use. The zip-on diffuser is a really nice upgrade to an already great product!
MagBox Pro 42 Octa
Do you do in-studio work? If so, this is the softbox everyone has been waiting for from MagMod! It’s large and in charge but also packs up and sets up with speed.
MagBox Pro 36 Strip
Do you do headshots, portraits, or commercial work? The strip is likely the perfect softbox to help light something on the job while having incredible fill and control.
The best cold shoe bracket that you’ll ever use! You can rotate it all the way forwards or backwards in order to get the perfect angle for your light.
Ever wish that you could put you and your second photographer’s flashes side by side and still be able to use your MagMod products? Your wish has come true!
Starter Flash Kit 2
If you’re looking to get into flash and/or MagMod, this is the best basic starting kit that I would recommend. Buy two of these and you have everything you need to shape light with speed on a wedding day!
Professional Flash Kit 2
If you’re looking to truly dive into everything flash and/or MagMod, you’ll want to skip the starter kit and go for this instead. It includes the bounce (the best white bounce card you’ve ever experienced) and gels (to creatively add color) which will elevate your work to an entirely different level.
Wedding Pro Bundle
If you’re a wedding photographer that is just getting into MagMod and wanting to go all in, this is the bundle for you! It’s designed to give you everything you need for two flashes.
Weekend Warrior Bundle
Are you a wedding photographer that just needs the basics to get you going with MagMod? This is a no-brainer bundle for you as it comes with two grips, grids, spheres, and sets of gels.
Godox M1 Video Light
I’ve never been a big fan of video lights but this little guy changed my mind. It’s insanely small, powerful, and lasts forever. It literally fits in your pocket and can be recharged via USB-C. I really can’t recommend this enough as I’m sure you’ll find a way to incorporate it into your workflow once you use it for the first time!
Manfrotto 1004BAC Light Stand
I was a fan of and used the auto-collapsing light stands for years but they wear out quickly and just aren’t as robust as this Manfrotto. I’ve been very happy with the switch and can already think of multiple times lately where having this stand has saved me a lot of hassle over previous light stands I’ve used.
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