Canon Rebel T3i
Sigma 50mm 1.4
When I travel to shoot on location I have never liked dragging around a bunch of lighting equipment. I will usually bring a 580 EX and a reflector so I at least have some options, but 9 times out of 10 I will always shoot with ambient light only. I have found that for my style of shooting, when I get into using strobes and modifiers, I lose a natural spontaneity. In 2011 I participated in a shoot at the Paul Mitchell Salon in Miami, Florida. There were 12 models and each model had to go through 3 different wardrobe, hair and makeup changes. Each model had a team of 3 people assigned to them and over the course of the day me and 6 other photographers had to shoot each model 3 times. In order to get all the models shot in this time I had to be fast. As soon as the models were ready I would literally have them get out of the styling chair and turn around and stand in front of a window, mirror or doorway while I wedged between makeup stations, climbed on chairs and crawled under benches to get the position I needed. The first model I shot was dreadfully embarrassed as all the others were being ushered into the photo studio and I had her plastered against a dirty window while I knocked hairspray cans off of the stations I was wedged between. That is until she saw the preview on the LCD screen of the camera. This shot was of the 3rd model I worked with whom I also placed in front of that same dirty window. Taken in 100% ambient light and almost straight from the camera, this was a mixture of over exposed daylight from the window and florescent front lighting from the interior of the salon.