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My top secret photography gear - 2018 edition

Ed is a wedding and portrait photographer, but likes to optimize gear for best use and productivity.

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My top (10) secret photography gear - 2018 edition

I'm always on the lookout for photography gear that will make me productive, efficient, effective, and ergonomic. Doing photography can be taxing on the body from shooting with heavy gear, to editing hours and hours. There must be a better way is what I always say to myself, so I seek out the better way from going to Fry's and browsing the ads and aisles, to reading gear blog, to just doing Google and Amazon searches.

We all use the standard tools like Photomechanic, Photoshop, Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fuji DSLRs, so I won't discuss these standard tools. Instead I'll discuss the tools that people don't normally use (at least I don't think). Note that some of these links will use my affiliate info which will contribute to my kids' college fund. :)

tl;dr: The ergonomic way to cull

Why: Paired with Photomechanic, the Logitech Gamepad F310 (I'm a Logitech fan btw) puts less strain on the hands and arms. Gamepads are meant to be ergonomic and are meant for gaming for hours and hours. Culling through thousands of photos can get very tiring. Logitech also has a wireless version, but I've found it to be flaky.

Cost: $25

#2 - Gaming chairs. The one I have is the Merax Spider-Man Series Mesh Office Chair

tl;dr: Comfort while sitting that doubles as a chair you can actually nap on.

Why: after hours of editing, I find myself slouching over the keyboard or leaning back at the chair without any support. The nice thing about gaming chairs and this one in particular is that it has a headrest, as well as a footrest. The chair also leans back to 135 degrees so if you put a keyboard and monitor just over you, you can essentially work while leaning backwards instead of leaning and slouching forwards. If you get a little tired while working, it's comfortable enough that you can close your eyes and take a nap on your chair. Some gaming chairs I've seen even go 180 degrees. Unfortunately I already bought this one but would like to hear your experience with any other gaming chair.

Cost: $99

#3 - Casters for your lightstand

tl;dr: roll your stand instead of carry it

Why: I try to have a strong light like the with me on photo shoots in case I want an editorial look to my photos, or to have the flexibility for powerful lighting in case I'm shooting in bright daylight, or need to have a fast way of shooting with flash without it overheating to quickly. The flash I use is the Godox AD600 mounted on a Cheetah Stand 12 with casters. The set of casters I actually use are the ones made by Alien Bees, but they don't make that version anymore. The do have a newer version however.

Cost: $29

tl;dr: Save some keystrokes and record on the fly

Why: I often find myself doing a combination of actions in Photoshop. Sometimes I have to look for each action in the dozens I have. The gaming keyboard allows you to record keystrokes on the fly and then save them to a particular key. So, I'll have actions mapped to a particular key sequence, then I'll record that key sequence on the gaming keyboard, so now all I have to do is press that key. Other things you can save as a sequence are canned emails that you wri