Using a DSLR, specifically the 5D Mark II, was essential in creating this piece for The New York Times Magazine on bounce music in New Orleans. The light in these clubs was low, often just a single bulb or a blacklight. A traditional camera would have never been able to pick up enough light to show what was happening.
Another advantage to shooting with the 5D on this story was that I could customize my rig to work in each situation. In the clubs I often had very little room to work, so I mounted my camera on some short 15mm rods and handles. When working outside, I mounted the shoulder pad back on to my rig for more stability. I love this camera more and more each time I go out to shoot. I’m feeling really comfortable now that I’ve got a rig that I’m somewhat happy with and I can customize to the situation.