Tools of the Trade © Rajesh Taylor
Tools of the Trade © Rajesh Taylor
Introduction

Quicklinks below to equipment in current use.

Cameras

Canon 5D Mark III x 3

I'm not one for updating camera bodies, preferring to run them into the ground. All have been working well for 7 years now. The shutters have been replaced with all the bodies as per Canon's actuation cont recommendation. Real workshorses.

I service them regularly at Fixation in London. They handle repairs on behalf of my Insurer – Tower Gate Insurance. Fixation also run an in-house rental service with WEX helping insure replacement equipment is on hand during emergencies.

DJI Mavic Pro

The lens in the sky.

Curtain Bluff Hotel, Antigua © Rajesh Taylor
Curtain Bluff Hotel, Antigua © Rajesh Taylor

At the time of writing, I recommend purchasing the Mavic Pro 2 Smart Controller and Fly More Kit. Included along with the drone, will be the following:

1 x Smart Controller
2 x Intelligent Flight Batteries.
1 x Mavic 2 Car Charger.
1 x Battery Charging Hub.
1 x Battery to Power Bank Adapter.
2 x Low-Noise Propellers (pair).
1 x Mavic 2 Shoulder Bag.

Extra batteries are a good investment. Three batteries fit snugly into the shoulder bag. One in the drone itself and two in the side pockets.

Drone Accessories

1 x PolarPro Cinema Set for Mavic 2 Pro Neutral Density Filter Set: ND4, ND8, ND16.
1 x PolarPro Cinema UV Filter for Mavic 2 Pro.
1 x Sunshade Hood for Smart Controller.
3 x Lipo Fireproof for Mavic 2 Pro batteries.
1 x Heightened Landing Gear Extensions for Mavic 2 Pro.
2 x 128GB Sandisk Micro SD Card with SD Adaptor.

Even with Photography Camera Kit and International Work Insurance. Its worth taking up DJI's Care Refresh Plan upon purchase. It provides two replacement units for a small additional charge in one year and covers for accidents, such as water damage and collisions.

You will need to register and pass the online theory test with the UK Civil Aviation Authority. For my American friends, I'd point to Federal Aviation Administration for registeration.

GoPro Hero 7 Black Camera

It's important to measure and review my performance. Tricky when working alone, but critical nonetheless. I use this pocket camera for record reference footage when working corporate events, studio shoots and tests.

'Did I work the room? How did the key people move? How emotive were they? Did I create storytelling angles? How was the ambient light during the event? How did key people manoeuvre during their presentation etc.

Lenses

Canon 17-40mm Ultra Wide Angle L Lens

Claridges Hotel © Rajesh Taylor
Claridges, Mayfair © Rajesh Taylor

Canon 24mm L Ultra Wide Angle Lens

Canon 35mm L Wide Angle Lens

Canon 50mm L Portrait Lens

Canon 85mm L Portrait Lens

Canon 100mm Macro/Portrait L Lens

Canon 135mm Telephoto Portrait L Lens


I maintain a set of backup lenses. 'Two is one and one is none' as they say.

Sigma 50mm Portrait Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.8 Portrait Lens

Filters

Lee Filters

The Lee Filter Universal Hood provides slots for multiple filters so they can be combined.

The Circular Polariser is screwed in place on the exterior, inside the element.

Lighting

Elinchrom Rotalux 175cm / 69 inch Octabox

Elinchrom's large octabox produces the most gorgous soft light.

Beauty Dish with Grid 56cm / 22 inch

Another modifier that produces beautiful light. The dish itself is coloured white. They do come in silver, which fashion photographers prefer as it produces an more edgy look than opposed to beauty.

Elinchrom DLite 400W Strobe Kit

The kit has been going strong for over a decade. The two strobe heads give 500 watts of flash power. Two Portabox square softboxes & Elinchrom's own brand skyport trigger complete the portable studio kit.

C-Stands x 4

Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe x 3

Godox X Pro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon

Godox X1R-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Reciver for Canon

Godox VING V860IIC TTL Speedlite

Godox AD-B2 Strobe Adaptor for AD200

Bags, Straps & Tripods

Bags

• 1 x Calumet International Roller Bag.

Camera Strap

• 1 x Moneymaker Water Buffalo Leather Strap.

Tripod

• 1 x Manfrotto Tripod.
• 1 x Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head with 200L Plate.

Computing

Apple iMac 27-inch 5K Retina Display

Apple Macbook Pro 15"

Eizo ColorEdge 4K CG319X 31.1" Calibrated IPS Monitor

Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Tablet

Wacom Intuos Creative Pen Small Tablet

Memory Cards

SD Cards

• 4 x SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC SD Memory Card.

Compact Flash Cards

• 8 x SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro Compact Flash Memory Card.

Solid State Drive

• 2 x SanDisk 1TB 3D SATA III 2.5" Internal SSD.

Scratch Drive

• G-Tech G-RAID Thunderbolt 3 Hard Drive.

External Drive

• 6 x Western Digital External Hard Drive.
• 4 x Western Digital Passport Drive.


Audio

Recorder

• Zoom H6 Audio Recorder.

Reference Headphones

• AKG K702's open-back Reference Headphones.

Digital Analogue Convertor

• FiiO K3 Type-C USB DAC Headphone Amp.


Software

Photography

• Capture One Pro 20.
• Abobe Bridge.
• Adobe Photoshop.
• Adobe Lightroom.

Retouch Academy Photoshop Extension Panel

Julia Kuzmenkos' Photoshop Script Panel is the beauty retouchers weapon of choice. With features that can be applied in all types of portrait photography. Julia has kindly agreed a 30% off promotion code: FAMILYRAJESH

Video Editing

• Apple Final Cut Pro X

Web Services

Photography Website Provider

22 Slides since 2012.

Blog Platform

Ghost Pro.

Aspire Themes

East by Aspire Themes.

Web Analytics

GoSquared for web traffic.

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