Hello! My name is Janice Sullivan and I am a Fine Art Macro and Landscape photographer. My passion has always been to observe everything at an up-close level—one would think I would have been a scientist! Also, I just can’t get enough sunsets in my life so I road trip and hike a lot and my camera is always with me.

You may have seen my work in Popular Photography, Outdoor Photography, Nik Software, in a variety of newsletters and online articles, and in many hotels and restaurants in the United States and Canada. I now mentor Macro and Landscape photographers and I enjoy every minute of it! One of the fun things we love to talk about is equipment!

I’m a Canon girl and I just love the full-frame Canon 5d’s. Being a Macro shooter, I can’t stand my work being cropped in any way, so the 5D’s are perfect for me. I shoot a lot of studio Macro work and this is where I use my . I use grids and snoots most of the time and will add gels to them when I want to change up the color of the lights. It’s a challenge for me to play with light. I love working with plexiglass and other fun tools to get what I’m looking for in my subjects.

I use my with a to get up really close. I also like to use my to get even closer to the subjects. I always lock the mirror on my DSLR Camera and use my to make sure I have the sharpest focal point possible.

The is a must for these shots since there is such a small depth-of-field. It really helps me get the focus locations just right. To stack my work I use to merge the images together and when I use this equipment it makes it easier to get the sharpest image possible on my main subject.

I also really enjoy being outdoors and I will take my everywhere I go! I bring my filled with water if I want to add some water-drops effects to the subject.

I’ll add a when I want some added pop or if the subject has a lot of glare, and I’ll use my for some added lighting drama or if the subject is moving fast and I need to stop the motion. Sometimes I just want to get close and compress the focal point so I’ll grab my .

Once the sun goes down the Landscape photographer wakes up in me and my and go into action. I was told by many that there are so many Landscape photographers out there that you’ll never get anywhere with it. Did I care? No! I grab my equipment and head out for locations that I want to feel and make that moment happen with my camera.

I shoot my landscapes in HDR using my with . I love my tripod and ball head because I can get really low to the ground and it’s heavy. I keep saying I’m going to buy another tripod but I love mine so much, so why should I?

I also use a , and enjoy the moment while the camera shoots away. I can set my remote to go off when I want it to and also change my HDR settings. I also use my if I want to slow down my shutter speed to get the soft water shots in my work if the polarizer isn’t working for me.

Taking time to know your equipment will make it easier for you to enjoy the beauty of photography. Well, for me at least it does. ;)

My equipment

Camera & Lenses







– get closer adding any lens
– Love this when my camera is down low.
– Play with Macro without a Macro lens

Lighting



– Snoots are better to direct light for Macro work.
– Again narrowing in the light with degrees
Pro Gel Vivid Colors Filter Pack 12 x 12
(Guide No. 165’/50 m at 105mm) for Canon EOS with E-TTL II



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with shoe mount for flash and snoot

– I really enjoy painting with light and the flashlight it my tool for that.
– these last forever
– Perfect small flashllight

Other Essentials




. – Great for Macro





– help see outdoors

– perfect to hold reflectors or macro subjects.
– to help hold reflectors – white boards – black boards
– perfect to screw in tripod clamps, heads, etc.
Generix Pro-Pads – soft lint free wipes – To clean anything dusty before I shoot
– Black
Coco – my chocolate poodle. She’s in my videos and my happy tool!

Other Equipment not in the main image.

, Opaque 0%
, Opaque, 24″ x 24″, 1/4″ Thick
– new to my work.


– an awesome softbox for Macro and Close-up photographing
Kata HB-205 GDC Hiker Backpack

7.5″ Mini Tripod with Phone Holder for iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6 Plus 6S, 6, Galaxy Note 5, S7, S6

This is a lot of equipment and I don’t use everything at once. It really depends on the subjects I’m photographing and the conditions I need to work with as I play “the figure out game” of grabbing the shot I have in my mind.

Thanks Mark for the opportunity to share my love of equipment — forget the diamonds! A good cut of glass (lens) is my diamond!!

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