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.

View Canon 5D Mk 3 Camera

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
View 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 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 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. 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.

View GoPro Hero 7 Black

Lenses

Canon 17-40mm Ultra Wide Angle L Lens

Claridges Hotel © Rajesh Taylor
Claridges, Mayfair © Rajesh Taylor
View Canon 17-40mm f/4 Lens

Canon 24mm L Ultra Wide Angle Lens

View Canon 24mm f/1.4 Offers

Canon 35mm L Wide Angle Lens

View Canon 35mm f/1.4

Canon 50mm L Portrait Lens

View Canon 50mm f/1.2

Canon 85mm L Portrait Lens

View Canon 85mm f/1.2 L Lens

Canon 100mm Macro/Portrait L Lens

View Canon 100mm f/2.8 L Lens

Canon 135mm Telephoto Portrait L Lens

View Canon 135mm f/2 L Lens

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

Sigma 50mm Portrait Lens

View Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Canon 50mm f/1.8 Portrait Lens

View Canon 50mm f/1.8 LensView Canon 85mm f/1.8 LensView Canon 17-85mm f/4.5.6 IS Lens

Filters

Lee Filters

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

View Universal Hood

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

View Circular Polariser 100mm SystemView 72mm Wide Angle Adaptor RingView 77mm Adaptor RingView Hard Grad Set (0.3, 0.6 & 0.9)View Neutral Density 6-StopperView Neutral Density 10-Stopper

Lighting

Elinchrom Rotalux 175cm / 69 inch Octabox

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

View 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

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 Elinchrom DLite Kit

C-Stands x 4

View C-Stands

Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe x 3

View Godox AD200 Pocket Strobe

Godox X Pro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon

View Godox XPro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger

Godox X1R-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Reciver for Canon

View Godox XPro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger

Godox VING V860IIC TTL Speedlite

View Godox VING V860IIC Speedlite

Godox AD-B2 Strobe Adaptor for AD200

View Godox AD200 Dual Power Strobe Bracket

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

View iMac 27-inch Retina 5K Display Offers

Apple Macbook Pro 15"

Eizo ColorEdge 4K CG319X 31.1" Calibrated IPS Monitor

Wacom Intuos Pro Medium Tablet

View Wacom Intuos Pro Medium

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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