Stuff I Use

Photography is one of those hobby’s / professions that allow us to spend as much or as little as we like. There is no shortage of gear, software or gadgetry that we me need or want. I decided to revamp the recommend gear pages to link you in the direction of products that I actually use.

I have the privilege of getting to test out quite a bit of gear however over the years I have been able to determine wants over needs. I’ll try and categorise this page as much as possible so you can find the stuff you need.

SOFTWARE THAT MAKES THE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

  • OnOne PhotoSuite 6 - This is your jack of all trades software. I does a lot and always comes in handy.
  • Tiffen DFX v3.0 - There is so much you can do to your photos with this piece of software.
  • Photomatix Pro - Video 1Video 2 if you want to play with HDR then you need to have this.
  • PhotoAcute3 – Only just started using it but it’s stacking options work really well.
  • NoiseNinja - Outstanding results for reducing noise but keeping detail.
  • Topaz Adjust – Want to bring detail and sharpness back into an image, you need this.
  • Portrait Professional – I use this in a very limited way. However for the few things I use it for It comes in handy.
  • Portraiture 2 – Shoot portraits and deal with skin. This will save you hours.
  • Light Room 4 – Easiest way to catalogue all those images. It’s editing options aren’t too bad either.
  • Photoshop CS6 – It’s the industry standard for a reason. Everything is so much easier with Photoshop. However it doesn’t mean you can’t do everything with other software.

LET THERE BE LIGHT

  • LumoPro LP160 - There is no time like the present to start learning off camera flash. These are my go to lights when i’m on location.
  • Aputure Trigmasters - Extremely reliable triggers and receivers for firing your off camera flash. Been using them for about 2 years now with out any problems.
  • GamiLight - You’ll need to shape your light. GamiLight modifiers are extremely portable and lightweight.
  • LumoPro LP605 – Probably my favourite light stand. Portable, and they come with spikes for added stability.

CARRY IT

  • ThinkTankPhoto Airport Takeoff – When i have a shoot overseas, in another state or at home this is what I carry my gear in.
  • LowePro Photosport 200 AW - Do a lot of landscapes or travel photography. This is the bag for you. If i’m not heading to a shoot I carry this.
  • Kata 3-N1 25PL – This bag is so small yet it actually fits almost everything I need for a shoot. It’s design makes it one of the most comfy bags I’ve ever carried.

Lenses

  • Tamron 10-24mm - Looking through an ultra wide angle lens is amazing. Shoot wide and get up close, it truly is a different perspective on things.
  • Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 - This is a great lens, it’s extremely affordable and produces outstanding results.
  • Sigma 50mm 1.4 – This is an outstanding lens. It’s big, much bigger than other 50′s however it’s quality is out of this world.

THERE AIN’T NOTHING LIKE IT

  • Cokin Filters - Digital post production is amazing but there is an authenticity about using filters that no software can reproduce.
  • Velbon 603r Sherpa – Ok it’s a tripod and I haven’t reviewed it yet. To be honest if you would have asked me about a tripod 6 months ago I would have said why bother. However this has all changed recently. A good tripod that allows you to get low and steady as well as nice and high is so much fun. It’s not to heavy it’s nice a sturdy even during some pretty strong wind and it does what I want it to do.
  • Aputure Battery Grip – If you haven’t shot with a battery grip then hurry up and get one. It makes life so much easier for those portrait orientated shots.
  • Davis & Stanford Magnum XG with FX 13 Head – This is a super sturdy tripod with some extremely high tech features which make all the difference.