Workshop/Class schedule

Gear We Use (and Discounts)

Here is some of the gear that we use...


·         We purchase our Gear from Hunts Photo. A pdf file containing links to the gear and software that we use, as well as discounts, can be downloaded here : http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-gear


We purchase our photo gear from Hunts Photos – they are big enough to have what you need but small enough to help you and answer your questions (and they stand by their products). Contact Alan Samiljan (asamiljan@huntsphoto.com or 781-462-2383) and let him know that you attended a class or a program or workshop with us (or read our blog) and he will give you discounts on the gear that we use.  Hunts Photo 100 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176 (781-662-8822). Hunts will work with you for your photographic needs. If any code does not work then please call Alan and he will help you place your order over the phone. Hunts always works with you for your photographic needs!! FYI, we only list items that we personally use and we do not receive a commission on items ordered thru Hunts. 

Wacom Tablet 
  • Per Gary Farber, Hunts can offer our students a special price along with free Shipping on the Wacom tablets Wacom. Please contact George Trickel gtrickel@wbhunt.com 781-462-2340. 
    • Wacom PTH 451 $239.99
    • Wacom PTH 651 $329.99
LED Lights
Tripod. We have three tripods. We love all three and use a particular one depending upon the situation:
Vanguard 263AT This is a great all around tripod. We use it for tabletop, lightbox and macro photography. 


Alta Pro tripods have unmatched stability and flexibility, enabling more angle possibilities than ever before. Its innovative Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography and special wide-angle shots a breeze.

The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod's stability. Other features include advanced camera vibration and shock control, legs that adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles, patented premium magnesium die-cast canopy and head, hexagon-shaped central column for extra stability, and non-slip, spiked rubber feet for changing terrains and a removable hook for hanging camera accessories. Alta Pro 263AT is aluminum alloy and has quick-flip leg locks.

Central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees!! Legs adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles

This is an awesome ballhead, lightweight and study. It can act as a gimbal too. Can be used with lenses like the 300mm f2.8 or 400 mm. Have a longer lens? Then use a Wimberly.
  • Weighs less than 1 lb (.45kg) with quick release clamp.
  • Easily holds over 25 lbs (11.4kg) at any angle.
  • Full movements allow any camera position.
  • Compatible with Kirk, Arca, R.R.S., and many other QR plates.
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Induro BHL3 Low Profile Ball Head (Supports 88 lbs)
Induro BHL low profile ballheads provide support with exceptionally high load capacities. Oversized head lock knob with unique integrated lock limiter tension control, independent panning action lock and much more. Features an Arca-Swiss style quick release system with double safety lock and built-in bubble level for maximum flexibility.

SKU: #479023



I consider an L bracket a MUST for serious photographers.
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This Kirk L-Bracket for Canon EOS 7D is a right-angle, quick-release bracket that fits on the base of the EOS 7D, allowing you to quickly move from vertical to horizontal format without moving your tripod head or changing your position. 
It allows you to keep the weight of your camera over the center of the tripod, rather than pulling it off to one side if you use a standard plate and a ballhead or tripod head. It also is great when going from horizontal to vertical and back because you do not need to reposition your composition. 

Extension tubes, a must for macro photographers. Use these on your 70-200 to allow closer focusing. Keep one in your vest when photographing 
  • Savage Macro Art Variable Auto-Extension Tube (Canon EF Mount) www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=AETC&mfg=Savage&show=yes
  • Kenko extension tubes Part Number: AEXTUBEDGC
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  • What do the different sizes of tubes do?
    • The following formula to calculate the magnification from specific extension tube sizes: Magnification = Extension Tube Length / Lens Focal Length
    • Example: using a 31mm extension tube between a 50mm lens and a camera body would result in magnification of 0.62x (31 mm / 50 mm). Using all three with a 50 mm lens would give you a magnification factor of 1.28x (64 mm / 50 mm). That’s close. Past 1x and you find yourself in a strange, almost alien, world of details.
Light Tent
10% off Interfit 24-inch Cool-Light Pop Up Tent Kit with 2 Flourescent Lights
or use coupon code: 3aUdJ

WE USE OUR LIGHT TENTS ALL THE TIME!
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24" x 24" Pop up Light Tent
The easy way to control both Shadows and reflections. The tent is supplied with a blue background cloth which is held in place by Velcro strips to facilitate easy removal or changing of the background.
A removable front panel allows for further control of reflections w hen photographing reflective subjects. The tent collapses down to fit into the circular zipped bag supplied. Folds to 11"
Kit Contains: 2 x INT103 Flourescent (Daylight Tube) heads, 2 x COR750 Air damped stands, 1 x 24" Light tent

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The Fluorescent Light Box Tent Kits use Smith-Victor's new line of FL3 Fluorescent lights that are very economical to operate. The FL-3 uses "flicker free" compact fluorescent bulbs with true "daylight" color temperatures (5500K). The bulbs have a life of approximately 10,000 hours and produce virtually no heat. Excellent for shooting food, plants, animals, scientific and medical applications.
Kit Includes: 2 DigiLight FL-3 Fluorescent Lights, 6 26-Watt Fluorescent Lamps, 2 Raven RS8 8' Black Aluminum Light Stands, 1 28" Light Box Shooting Tent, 1 Imaging with Light Guide

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2.     PhotoMatix -- 15% off Photomatix software and plugins
·        Enter code BREAphotos (not case-sensitive) to get a 15% discount

3.     Flypaper Textures

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WB Hunt Co., Inc.
Gary Farber digitalguygary@wbhunt.com
100 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176
Ph:781-462-2374  f:781-662-6524
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Flashlights for night photography and light painting.

We love night photography and have purchased a plethora of  flashlights, some are great and some not so great. Here are our favorites, and with an explanation of which we use under what conditions.

Do not use a white light flashlight at night for routine work, you will be blinded and have no night vision. We went to a recent night photo workshop and people had all kinds of bright white lights, and head lamps, they had no night vision and when they looked at someone they became blinded too.

This is the red flashlight for seeing in the dark. red preserves your night vision and allows you to see camera dials, etc. http://amzn.to/1N9vdWp
This one is best for light painting (and it has red and Blue filters for fun color effects). http://amzn.to/1N9vtVp

This one is good for painting things far away, like lighthouses and rocks. We find it too bright and it has a hot spot when you are close, but it is perfect for things further away. For things closer better to spend more time with a dimmer more even flashlight like the one above. http://amzn.to/1N9vJUg

A headlamp is wonderful to have. It is great for hands free walking at night. preserves night vision. Do not use when photographing, as light will leak in thru viewfinder,etc. if you are standing behind your camera. http://amzn.to/1N9vLLQ

This last one has its own tripod, so it is great when you are on a dark night and need to focus. Turn it on, use auto focus, switch focus to manual focus and turn off flashlight. http://amzn.to/1OkgRGs