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Gear + Partnerships

The most important piece of equipment is the person standing behind the camera, so while I usually loathe kit lists, this is the gear that currently helps me get the job done. On the rare occasion that I need anything extra, I usually hire it.

While I try to use natural light where possible, sometimes some extra kick is needed with external lighting, so most of my equipment is oriented towards mobile lighting. I also like the flexibility of working with lighter/smaller gear and coming up with my own creative lighting.

Like every other photographer I’ve also submitted to the irresistible urge of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) at quite a few points, which means that some equipment gets used a lot less than others. Still, it’s always good to know that it’s there when I need it.

Cameras and related accessories

  • Olympus E-5 (weather sealed and matches brilliantly with Olympus’ wonderful line of lenses. Does more than I’ve ever needed from it.)
  • Olympus E-620 (E-5s little brother – a very capable and reliable reserve/backup. Small size comes in hand for those times when I want to be more discrete.)
  • Olympus HLD-4 Battery Grip (extra power and also takes regular rechargeable AA batteries. Adds bulk, but makes portrait shooting a lot easier.)
  • Zuiko Digital ED 50mm F2.0 Macro (fantastic lens for macro, portraits and many other applications)
  • Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm F2.8-4.0 (excellent sharpness and flexibility – wide angle to medium telephoto)
  • Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 SWD (brilliant sharpness and flexibility. An excellent lens for longer telephoto shots)
  • Zuiko Digital ED 150mm F2.0 (wonderful lens with beautiful bokeh)
  • 1 × Flashzebra remote shutter release cable for Pocket Wizard
  • SanDisk 8GB 60MB/s Extreme Compact Flash Card
  • Sandisk 16GB Extreme SD Card (SDHC) 45MB/s – Class 10
  • Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod
  • Vanguard SBH-100 Ball Head
  • Black Rapid RS-7 camera strap
  • Vanguard UP-Rise Messenger 38 Photo Bag
  • Vanguard BIIN 37 Sling Bag

All equipment is upgraded as and when necessary.

Lighting and related accessories

  • 4 × Pocket Wizard Plus II
  • 3 × Pocket Wizard hot shoe adapter
  • 3 × 100cm silver and shoot through umbrella
  • 3 × Konig KN-LS10 light stands
  • 3 × Manfrotto flash shoe
  • 3 × Manfrotto Lite Tite Swivel & umbrella adapter
  • 1 × Manfrotto Combi-Boom Stand HD 420CSU
  • Bessel 60cm  pop up soft box
  • 56cm Beauty dish with sock
  • 4 × Striplight 22cmx90cm
  • 2 × Barn door
  • 3 × Bowens 60 degree reflector
  • 3 × 1/8th, 1/4th and 3/8th reflector grids
  • 2 × Bowens fit snoot
  • 4 × Bowens fit brackets
  • Lastolite Quad Bracket
  • Silver/gold/black/white/diffusion reflector with stand
  • Olympus FL50R
  • 2 × Vivitar 285HV
  • 5 × YN-5600
  • Video Light
  • 3 × Lee Pro mixed correction & FX colour filters pack
  • Tristar Turbo 500 wind machine
  • Cinefoil and assortment of Gobos
  • Water effect light modifier
  • Macro ring flash
  • Globe light
  • Sekonic L-758D Light Meter
  • Sekonic RT-32 N Radio Triggering Module
  • Sekonic Exposure Profile Target II and white balance card
  • 2-3m portable background stand
  • Assortment of backdrops
  • Perspex sheets
  • Lastolite Light Table 100x100cm

Computer Equipment

  • Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP 24-inch flat panel LCD monitor
  • Spyder3Elite monitor calibrator (very important to have a good colour calibrated monitor)
  • Acer 5755G(for mobile shooting)
  • Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet

Software & Web

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Nik Color Efex Pro
  • Nik Silver Efex Pro
  • ImageCraft E-Capture
  • Evernote
  • Photoshelter
  • WordPress
  • Graph Paper Press

Other

  • Gorilla Tape
  • Bungee Balls