GOIN G PRO : MONTH 8
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
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!