Gear - Ryan Taylor

Gear


Hello there, are you a fellow photographer or simply just curious about the technical nitty-gritty of my work and the process? Then this page is for you, I will discuss the tools of the trade and the equipment I most often carry in my bag and what I use to achieve the images on this site. I hope you find this resource useful.

Cameras


I use the Canon system to photograph flora and fauna. Capturing all my photos in RAW format to deliver the highest archival quality possible. I currently use two camera bodies that have APS-C crop sensors. Crop sensor format cameras allow for a larger magnification of telephoto lenses however have reduced image resolution sizes.


Canon EOS Rebel T3

The first camera I bought, I still keep it around as a backup body.


Canon EOS 80D

My current primary camera body. 45 point autofocus works well for action and movement.

Lenses


At the moment I stick to using four lenses, two prime and two zoom, that cover an expansive focal length and uses to fit my needs. All of these lenses each have their own set of UV, Neutral-Density, and Polarizing filters. 


Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

An 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.

     

Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 USM

A medium telephoto zoom lens, perhaps my most used lens, to capture fairly distant wildlife and to create tighter landscape compositions.


Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 STM

A prime lens, also known as the "nifty-fifty" for its versatile purposes. I use this most to simulate macro photography of plants and flowers with the use of an extension tube, or to capture a tighter cropped landscape.


Canon EFS 24mm 1:2.8 STM

A wide angle 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, Heads & Flashes


Gitzo GT5543XLS Systematic Series 5 Carbon Fiber Tripod

This 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.


Jobu Design BWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Head

A gimbal head makes panning and tilting much more smooth for birds in flight and other motions.


Kirk BH-3 Ball Head

A ball head is more useful for lighter lenses and more flexible movement. For extra artificial lighting


Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT

Anexernal hot-shoe flash which can freeze flying birds in flight or illuminate flowers to give that special 'pop' of color.

Bags, Computers & Equipment


Nikon 10x42 Monarch 3 Binoculars

Optics I use include a pair of for birding.


Tamrac Professional Series Anvil 27 Backpack

The majority of my gear can be lugged around in this massive bag. Very durable and comfortable too.


Acer AXC-780-UR11 Desktop Computer

All of my post-processing work is done on this computer with an upgraded 12 gigs of RAM storage total.


Seagate Backup Slim Plus 1 Terrabyte External Hard Drive

All my files are backed up on local storage and cloud storage through my website.


Dell SE2717HR 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor

For true color representation I hook up the desktop via HDMI. Very inexpensive but reliable.

Post, Printing & Software


Canon Pixma iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer

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.


Skylum Luminar 2018

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.


Skylum Aurora HDR 2019

Made specially for High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography and other high level edits.


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