Quicklinks below to equipment I currently use. (Updated 21st Sept. 2020)
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.View Canon 5D Mk 3 Camera
I service them regularly at Fixation in London. They handle repairs to the bodies (and lenses) on behalf of my insurer Tower Gate Insurance. They have partnered with Lloyds of a London aviation insurer offering coverage for commerical work. Fixation also run an in-house rental service with WEX helping insure major brands such as Broncolor, Profoto and Hasselblad equipment are on hand during emergencies.
DJI Mavic Pro
The lens in the sky.View Best Offers on DJI Mavic Pro 2 + Smart Controller & Fly More Kit
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 Pairs x Low-Noise Propellers.
1 x Mavic 2 Shoulder Bag.
Extra batteries are a good investment. Three batteries will fit snugly into the shoulder bag. One in the drone itself and two in the side pockets.
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 Bag 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 (CAA) website. For my American friends, I'd point to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) website to register or renew your licence.
Most UK Photography insurance policies do not cover drones. So a separate policy is needed. Tower Gate Insurance have teamed up with a nearby Lloyds of London aviation insurer to offer commercial drone insurance. American Photography insurance companies have more up-to-date policies.
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. Anything that I can learn from.
I do send reference footage to long term clients so their own presentation back from an audience's perspective too. Something powerful about be able to review back longer form footage.View Best Offers on GoPro Hero 7 Black
Canon 24mm L Ultra Wide Angle LensView Best Offers on Canon 24mm f/1.4
Canon 35mm L Wide Angle LensView Best Offers on Canon 35mm f/1.4
Canon 50mm L LensView Canon 50mm f/1.2
Canon 85mm L Portrait LensView Canon 85mm f/1.2 L Lens
Canon 100mm Macro/Portrait L LensView Canon 100mm f/2.8 L Lens
Canon 135mm L LensView Canon 135mm f/2 L Lens
I maintain a set of backup lenses. 'Two is one and one is none' as they say.
Canon 17-40mm L LensView Canon 17-40mm f/4 Lens
View Offers for Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art LensView Canon 50mm f/1.8 LensView Canon 85mm f/1.8 LensView Canon 17-85mm f/4.5.6 IS Lens
The Lee Filter Universal Hood provides slots for multiple filters so they can be combined.View Offers for Universal Hood
The Circular Polariser is screwed in place on the exterior, inside the element.View Offers for Circular Polariser 100mm SystemView Offers for 72mm Wide Angle Adaptor RingView Offers for 77mm Adaptor RingView Hard Grad Set (0.3, 0.6 & 0.9)View Neutral Density 6-Stopper on AmazonView Neutral Density 10-Stopper on Amazon
Elinchrom Rotalux 175cm / 69 inch Octabox
Elinchrom's large octabox produces the most gorgous soft light.View Offers for Elinchrom 175cm Octabox
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.View 56cm Beauty Dish on Amazon
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.View Offers for Elinchrom DLite Kit
C-Stands x 4View Offers for C-Stands
Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe x 3View Offers for Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe
Godox X Pro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for CanonView Offers for Godox XPro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger
Godox X1R-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Reciver for CanonView Offers for Godox XPro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger
Godox VING V860IIC TTL SpeedliteView Offers for Godox VING V860IIC Speedlite
Godox AD-B2 Strobe Adaptor for AD200View Offers for Godox Dual Power Strobe Bracket for AD200
Bags, Straps & Tripods
- 1 x Calumet RC2065 Rolling Case.
- 1 x Moneymaker Water Buffalo Leather Strap.
- 1 x Manfrotto Tripod.
Apple iMac 27-inch 5K Retina DisplayView Best Offers for iMac 27-inch Retina 5K Display
Apple Macbook Pro
Eizo ColorEdge 4K CG319X 31.1" 17:9 Hardware Calibration IPS Monitor
Wacom Intuos Pro Medium TabletView Best Offers for Wacom Intuos Pro Medium
SD Memory Card x 2
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC Memory Card.View Offers for Sandisk 256GB SD Card
Compact Flash Card x 8
SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card.View Offers for Sandisk 32GB CF Card
SanDisk 1TB 3D SATA III 2.5" Internal SSD x 2View Offers for Sandisk Internal SSD
Zoom H6N Audio RecorderView Offers for Zoom H6N
AKG K702 Reference Headphones
FiiO Digital Analogue Convertor
Capture One Pro 20 software is for Professional users who use a range of camera bodies from different manufacturers. If you use just one specific camera brand, Capture One version 20is available for Nikon, Fuji and Sony.
Tunnel Bear VPN to encrypt my internet connection. Allowing online activity to be kept private on any network o upto 5 connected devices. I have it installed on the mobile, laptop, and editing machine.
I will switch to NordVPN when the subscription finishes. At the time of writing they offer a more competitive price and protect upto 6 connected devices.
Apple Final Cut Pro X
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.
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