Ev­ery month Gra­ham Parker shares what he’s been up to on his jour­ney to go­ing pro. This month he’s con­sid­er­ing his kit – and what to add to it

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Christ­mas is get­ting closer at a rate of knots, as re­tail­ers keep point­ing out to us. Like most pho­tog­ra­phers I love new kit and am al­ways look­ing at ad­verts.

With this in mind I thought I would up­date you on my kit list. This is the main kit I use on an ev­ery­day ba­sis. To keep costs down I go for qual­ity prod­ucts, but not ‘top end’, so that I can buy more, var­ied, items rather than one very ex­pen­sive one. You don’t al­ways need to spend a lot of money to cre­ate fan­tas­tic, pro­fes­sional-look­ing im­ages.

My main body is a Nikon D7100. My lenses are all Nikon: a 35mm f/1.8, a 50mm f/1.8, a 24-70mm f/2.8 and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR. I also have a Lens­baby. In my stu­dio I have two Elinchrom 400/400 D-Lite 4 RX Soft­box kits, plus a Nikon SB600, an In­ter­fit EX150 and a Portaflash 336W. Then there are the light mod­i­fiers: two 1200x300mm soft­boxes with grids, a 1200mm Octabox, a West­cott 24-inch rapid box, the four soft­boxes that came with the Elinchrom kits and one 18-inch beauty dish that I made from a salad bowl! (Yes, it does work.) Fi­nally I have a Peli case 1510 to carry things around in.

At the mo­ment I would like to add only one more item to my list: an Elinchrom EL-Sky­port Plus HS. This will al­low me trig­ger my strobes, but in­stead of lim­it­ing them to the sync speed of my cam­era, it will al­low me to sync up to the max­i­mum shut­ter speed, which is 1/8000 sec. In re­al­ity, with my strobes it will prob­a­bly only go up to 1/800 sec, but I will still be able to freeze the sub­ject and use a much shal­lower depth of field.

I need to earn money to pay for new kit. Things are busy right now, but I wish Santa still vis­ited me!

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