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Steve’s Equipment:

35mm Equipment
Canon F1n SLR

Digital Cameras
Canon EOS 10D
Canon PowerShot S400

EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
EF 35mm f/2.0
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
FD 17mm f/4
FD 24mm f/2.8
FD 35mm f/2.8
FD 55mm f/1.2
FD 100mm f/2.8
FD 200mm f/4
Tamron 500mm f/8 Mirror

Medium Format System
Pentax 67
• SMC 45mm f2.4
• SMC 90mm f2.8 leaf shutter
SMC 105mm f/2.4
SMC 135mm f/4.0 Macro
SMC 200mm f/4

Other Cameras
• A few Holgas
• Zero 6x9 pinhole camera

Lighting Equipment
Calumet Travelite 750
• Novotron 400
• Lowel 1K quartz
• Smith Victor 500w tungsten
• Calumet umbrellas, softboxes, lightstands and reflectors

Light Meters
Sekonic L-358 Flash Master
Sekonic L-328 Digilite F
Minolta Auto Meter IV F

• Manfrotto/Bogen 3236 Tripod
Gitzo Reporter Tripod
• Bogen 3216 Monopod

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Forum moderator, Steven Hlavac, aka: Asylum Steve

About Steven Hlavac (aka: Asylum Steve)

I grew up on the suburban south shore of Long Island, New York, US of A, the middle of five kids. My dad was a machinist at Grumman Aerospace, my mom a smartass housewife from Brooklyn. Needless to say, from a young age I received plenty of both left and right brain stimuli... :-)

I guess I took the usual amount of snapshots growing up, but I didn't begin to get serious about photography until I became a student at the University of Buffalo. I spent two years at UB, then transferred south to sunny Florida State University. It took a while, but eventually I convinced them to give me a BA degree in Art (with a concentration in Photography and Communications Design).

Sadly, my degree did not immediately lead to a career, so I spent some time working retail. They were fun jobs, though, first managing a record store, then a bookstore. My career break came when the company I worked for decided to move me to South Florida.

It was there that I began to get back into photography, eventually leaving retail and opening up my own studio on Miami Beach. Besides exhibiting my artwork in any space I could find, I worked for a while as a photojournalist as well as a South Beach nightclub/celebrity shooter. As most of you know, I eventually decided to concentrate on commercial fashion and portrait work. It's what I think I do best, and certainly what I enjoy the most.

When family matters forced me to leave Miami and move up to Central Florida in 1997, I had no choice but to reinvent myself. I learned computers, digital imaging, and web site design. It was then that I started my own Web site, The Photo Asylum (, finding it to be the perfect outlet for promoting both my gallery and commercial work. My clients now are scattered all over the place.

Anything else you want to know? No, I'm not married, but have come close a few times (runaway groom???). Uh, no kids that I know of. When I'm not doing something of a photographic nature, I enjoy cycling, working with stained glass, and tending to my lovely Chinese garden. I'm also a big cartoon fan, with a large video collection of American animation from the 30's and 40's.

It is a real pleasure for me to be part of this Studio & Lighting Forum. We've assembled a great group of knowledgeable and helpful people here, so feel free to ask anything anytime. Believe me, there is no question too large or too small...

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