Josh Hejl photography » Alaska Portrait Photography


I use Canon Digital SLR cameras and lenses as well as an Olympus micro 4/3rds system.

For Canon camera bodies I use the 5d series

My primary lenses are:

16-35L f/4 IS.  Stunning wide-angle shots, the IS allows for creative shutter speeds down to 1/2 second.

35L f/1.4. Perhaps my favorite and most used lens, similar perspective and aperture to the best lenses ever made, our eyes.

50 f/1.8. The fifty is a standard all around lens that I can always get a great shot with.

100 f/2.8 macro. For the details and anytime I wan to focusing close to a subject, also crazy sharp.

135L f/2. Another of my favorites, the fixed focal length forces good composition while the f/2 brings in a lot of light for fast focus and beautifully blurred backgrounds.

70-200L f/2.8 II. A workhorse, it’s heavy and draws a crowd, but it creates stunning images and has an excellent range of zoom.

Having tried many Canon pro lenses in the 16-200mm range I have settled on these lenses because they consistently create stunning images and having too many lenses is as bad as having not enough.

I use the Olympus micro 4/3 camera for fish-eye shots, as a remote camera, or when a lighter system makes sense.

I regularly use auxiliary lighting to supplement natural light as well as to illuminate dark rooms. The light is everything.

I use Canon speed lights as well as 300-600 watt-second mono-lights depending on the amount of light needed and artistic desires.

For post processing I use Adobe Lightroom almost exclusively.

All people are beautiful, to airbrush an already lovely subject is dishonest and offensive.