Gear - Ryan Taylor


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I use the Canon system to photograph flora and fauna. Capturing all my photos in RAW format to deliver the highest archival quality possible. All photos are taken with a Canon Rebel T3 body, with a 12.2 megapixel sensor and ISO levels up to 6400.


I stick to using four lenses, two prime and two zoom, that cover an expansive focal length and uses to fit my needs. A Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD ultra telephoto zoom lens, which is for capturing far distant birds and mammals that are out of usual photographic reach. The advantage of pairing this lens with a crop-sensor camera body is the added zoom magnification factor. These next three Canon EOS lenses each have their own set of UV, Neutral-Density, and Polarizing filters. Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 USM telephoto zoom lens, my most used lens, to capture fairly distant wildlife and to create tighter landscape compositions. 

Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 STM prime lens, also known as the "nifty-fifty" for its versatile purposes. I use this most to simulate macro photography of plants and flowers, or to capture a tighter cropped landscape. Canon EFS 24mm 1:2.8 STM prime lens, also known as a pancake lens for its portability. Useful for wide angle and expansive depth of field landscape shots, or for more creative wildlife compositions. 

Tripods, Flashes & Bags

Other equipment includes an Oben AT-3421 Aluminum Tripod with a BA-106T Ball Head which is useful for long exposures of moving bodies of water or landscapes, to steady the weight of my heavier telephoto lenses, and to capture wildlife high in the sky or low to the ground. For extra artificial lighting I use a Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT external hot-shoe flash which can freeze flying birds in flight or illuminate flowers to give that special 'pop' of color. All of this equipment is carried in an AmazonBasics DSLR camera backpack.

Computers & Equipment

All of my post-processing work is done on an Acer R11 touchscreen convertible Chromebook, with 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 32 gigabyte solid state drive as well as running native Android apps. All my files are backed up on a 32 gigabyte flash drive and in the cloud. For true color representation I hook up the laptop via HDMI to a Dell SE2717HR 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor.

Printing & Software

I use a Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer which prints many types of photo paper such as glossy, semi-glossy, matte, and pro luster. It can deliver prints up to 13 x 19" which makes for superb archival fine art to hang on the wall. For editing software I use the Polarr Android/Chrome application which develops RAW files as well as regular compressed JPG files. The program has many features to fine-tune and touch-up images to make ready for printing.

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