What Camera Equipment Does Jasmine Star Use?

by Buffalo Bob on September 5, 2011

Photographer: Jasmine Star

Specialty: Wedding Photography

Favored Camera/Lens Brand: Canon

Software Used: Lightroom, Photoshop, Kubota Actions

Other Products Used: ShowIt Website Software

Short Bio: Jasmine Star is a California-based wedding photographer, well-known for her incredible marketing skills and clean, lifestyle-oriented images. And judging by what you read on forums, she’s the object of more jealousy than any photographer on the planet. I say don’t hate – this lady books a $hitload of weddings and we can all learn from her business acumen.

If you’d like to learn more about Jasmine’s style in her own words, then watch this interview excerpt, which features many of her signature images:

But enough of that, let’s look at Jasmine’s gear bag.

For camera bodies, Jasmine and her husband/second-shooter JD exclusively use the Canon 5D Mark III, which sports a full-frame sensor and HD-video recording capabilities.

Editor’s Note: The 5D Mark III is amazing, but it’s also very, very expensive. If you’re looking for a high-quality Canon body on a budget, check out the Rebel T3i or the 60D.

When it comes to lenses, Jasmine favors Canon’s L-series prime lenses, which allow her to shoot in low light without flash, and achieve the fashion-oriented, shallow depth-of-field look she favors.

In particular, Jasmine has been extremely vocal about her love for the Canon 50mm f/1.2.

Jasmine on the 50mm f/1.2:

“I love its versatility. I can shoot within close proximity of my subjects, and if I want a wider angle, I simply step back.”

Editor’s Note: The 50mm f/1.2 is EXTREMELY pricey at $1,500+. If you’re just getting started, check out the 50mm f/1.4 for around $400. The fast f/1.4 aperture will allow you to shoot in low light and get the shallow depth-of-field look that Jasmine favors, for a quarter of the price as the more-expensive f/1.2 version.

If you are on a budget, the 50mm f/1.8 for around $110. Just be aware, while the f/1.8 model offers incredible image quality at an incredible price, it does not feature the build quality or autofocus accuracy of the more expensive models.

Jasmine also uses Canon’s 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.2.

Editor’s Note: For cheaper equivalents, check out the 28mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8, both of which are among Canon’s best lenses. You’re basically getting 90% of the performance of the more expensive lenses for 25% of the price.

Jasmine uses the following off-camera flash setup for receptions:

Photoflex Lightdome Q39
Sunpak 838 Flash (no longer available, check out the Vivitar 285HV instead)
PocketWizard Plus II (for cheaper wireless triggers, check out the CowboyStudios NPT-04)

Editor’s Note: PocketWizards are very expensive, but they are the gold standard for wireless-flash reliability. All equipment, especially when it comes to weddings, requires a backup – and that’s doubly true when it comes to bargain-priced stuff like the CowboyStudios triggers.

Jasmine also uses a Dotline LED Video Light during receptions, which probably aids the autofocus ability of her Canon 5D Mark II’s.

Conclusion:

If you’re on a budget, but would like to get something in the ballpark of Jasmine’s images, you’ll want the following:

-a decent camera body like the Rebel T3i or the 60D.
-high-quality prime lenses like the 50mm f/1.4 and/or 85mm f/1.8 for low-light shooting and a shallow-depth-of-field.

Sources: B&H, JasmineStarBlog.com

 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Miss_kim007 May 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

I have the Canon 5D mark II. Yeayyy. You can also buy it second hand, I’ve found one with less than 500 clicks for €2000,- with 2 batteries, a bag, a tripod and …a 24-105mm f/1.4 lens.

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Harry July 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

The 24-105 is f4, not f1.4.

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