I often get asked by clients what photographic equipment I use. Some ask because they want to ensure I am using professional gear, but others often have an interest in photography themselves. I have a wide range of photographic gear, as listed below, but I will rarely bring it all to an event - I would break my back! Rather I pride myself on using the right equipment for the specific task at hand.
Engagements and Weddings, for example, are busy events where I am on my feet all day moving between locations and around venues. When I shoot these events, I pack light and refine my gear down to kit I know I will use (and backups - always carry backups!). I utilise a mix of zooms and prime lenses; primes are great because image quality is often slightly better but they are fixed focal length and not always appropriate for some venues. For engagement sessions, I almost always use a combination of Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART, Canon 50mm f1.4, and Cannon 85mm f1.8. On wedding days, I will complement these with a versatile zoom lens such as the Canon 24-70mm f2.8.
For Headshots and Portrait sessions I predominantly shoot with prime lenses and use additional lighting equipment. These sessions are generally in one or two fixed locations so I can set up more complex lighting.
Here is a list of the equipment I use:
- Canon 5D Mark III (main 'workhorse' camera - built like a tank!)
- Canon 6D (backup and second camera)
- Fuji XE-2 (my latest addition)
- GoPro Hero3 White Edition (for Behind the Scenes)
- Fuji Instax Wide 210 (an instant / 'Polaroid' camera)
- Canon 24-105mm f4 (great all-rounder / backup)
- Canon 24-70mm f2.8 (my favourite zoom with amazing image quality)
- Fuji XF35 f1.4
- Fuji XF27 f2.8
- Fuji XF18-55 f2.8-f.4 (the Fuji 'kit' lens - though calling it a kit lens does it a disservice!)
- Sigma 100mm f2.8 macro (used for close-up shoots and details such as wedding rings)
- Canon 85mm f1.8 (my favourite portrait / headshot lens - always look for an excuse to use it!)
- Canon 50mm f1.4 (my favourite focal length)
- Canon 40mm f2.8 (a 'pancake' lens - used with a low profile is needed and great back up)
- Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART (a great 35mm lens - used for bridal preparations and environmental portraits)
- Sigma 8mm Fisheye
- Yongnuo YN-568EX II flashgun x2 (works great on or off-camera and has TTL- this is my main flashgun)
- Yongnuo YN-560EX III flashgun x2 (manual flashgun - usually mounted on lightstand during a shoot)
- Yongnuo YN-560-TX trigger (used for triggering the YN-560EX flashguns)
- Yongnuo YN-622C triggers (used for triggering flashguns when off-camera)
- Profoto B1 Monolight (the latest addition to my lighting and also used for my studio/commercial work)
- Westcott Ice Light 2 (LED light)
- Canon SELPHY CP910 (a great portable 6x4 printer)
- Pelican 1510 rollcase (built like a tank and capable of carrying most of my gear for a shoot)
- Hama Daytour 180 backpack (able to carry 2 bodies and several lenses - great for smaller mobile shoots)
- Lowepro Messenger 150 (everyday bag for my Fuji XE-2)
- Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW (my 'A to B' bag)
I only use high quality Sandisk Extreme Pro SD and CF cards mainly of the 64gb and 32gb capacity for weddings and engagements. Occasionally I will use an Eye-fi Pro X2 SD card which allows for images to be transmitted over Wi-Fi direct from my camera to my iPad; I use this mainly for my studio work.
The Canon 5D Mark III allows simultaneous recording to both SD and CF which is great for back up. I usually use a 64gb SD card (usually enough for a whole wedding) and a series of smaller CF cards (swapping out when full): this way I have two copies of every shot taken!