As a professional photographer I choose my kit very carefully. I want to achieve the very best results possible across the whole photographic process, from capture to print. These are the companies I have chosen to work with as I continue to build my portfolio of landscape photography. Just click on an icon to go to that company's website.
I am delighted to use LEE Filters for all of my landscape photography. The LEE filter system is flexible and easy to use out in the field and all LEE filters are all hand dipped for the best possible finish. Wide angle adaptor rings fit very close to the camera lens, minimising any chance of 'vignetting' due to the filter holder being visible when looking through the lens. The filter holder itself has a great 'click on' fitting that allows for easy positioning and repositioning of the filter during the shot. Various creative filters such as the Little and Big stoppers used for long exposures open up lots of possibilities for creative photography. Their new 'MEDIUM' range of ND Grads are a fantastic addition to their range and allow for more precise filtering of skies when the 'soft' or 'hard' filters don't quite give the control needed due to the position of subject matter in the composition.These filters are essential when balancing exposure values within a scene. I could not make my images without them!
Since starting out in 2005 I have been a Canon user. The cameras deliver fantastic results and the controls are intuitive and do not provide any barriers that may hinder the photographic process when working under pressure. The 5D range has been a pleasure to use, is perfect for landscape photography and it allows me to get the very finest still images. My 'L' series lenses produce superb images that are sharp and beautifully coloured. Used in all conditions, the weather sealing on the pro spec cameras and lenses is extremely effective and they have proved to be hard wearing and consistent. My kit gets plenty of use, often in conditions that are far from ideal. Canon's reliability makes them a winner every time! I currently shoot 5D MkIV and a backup 5D MkIII camera. Lenses include the 16-35mm f2.8L mkIII, 24-70mm f2.8L mkII and the 70-200mm f2.8L mkII, a new TS-E 24mm mkII tilt/shift lens and the small, but fun 40mm pancake lens!
When I need a projector, image quality is everything. I need a bright image, full of rich blacks and accurate colours. Resolution is also highly important. I choose Canon as their lenses are excellent and the range of XEED projectors is stunning. I normally use a short throw projector, a WUX450ST model, 1920x1200 pixel resolution that delivers great quality results in small areas, whilst having a large image projected onto the wall/screen. These projectors allow me to show my work how I want it to be seen!
I have always used the Epson range of wide format, professional printers. My current printer is a new Epson Pro 7900 (I think I may have got one of the last ones available!) which delivers incredible, consistent results. It is my second 7900 printer. Consistency is paramount for the photographer who prints his own work. Each print must be as good as the last, whatever the media I use. All of the work on show in the gallery has been produced on Epson machines. One of the things a photographer needs from a printer is a simple operating system. The Epson interface is easy to use and makes the whole print process effortless. Results always impress, giving my work and my gallery a professional credibility.
Choice of paper is critical when it comes to making the very best print possible. As a landscape photographer I spend many hours out in the field. I have a proven camera technique and strive to capture the most detailed, sensitively coloured images I can. I am not prepared to compromise when it comes to printing those images for display in my gallery. The Hahnemuhle range of papers deliver beautiful results which combine excellent detail with a wide colour gamut for accurate representation. They are acid-free and certified 'archival', guaranteeing a long life with regard to light and colour fastness. 'Museum Grade' is quickly becoming a key word in the world of printmaking. Museum Grade papers represent the highest standard of print media available. Not only is it a guarantee for the consumer with regard to the longevity of the print itself, it also offers the photographer the opportunity to produce work that is long lasting and beautiful, whether it is on glossy or matt, or smooth or textured media.
The Manfrotto range of tripods allow for great stability when making exposures out in the field. I use a pro-spec MT055CXPRO4 carbon fibre tripod with 468MGRC4 hydrostatic head that can hold up to 16kg without any annoying 'slide' when shooting (perfect for heavier lenses when shooting in portrait mode). Flexible positioning of the tripod legs lets me position the tripod sturdily in awkward situations, such as by a wall, a pier or halfway into a stream. I use my kit to get the shot and as such am often where a tripod doesn't want me to be, in the sea or in a lake for example. Manfrotto gear has never let me down. Great tripods and great value for money.
The Paramo range of outdoor clothing is excellent. As a photographer I find it lightweight and quiet. My Alta II jacket in particular gets a lot of use, protecting me from wind and rain when the elements turn nasty (as they tend to in northern England!), leaving me to concentrate on setting up that next image
I have used Tamrac bags since I first started making images back in 2005. I currently use the Anvil 23 backpack, which houses a pro-spec DSLR and 4 lenses, 15 filters and housings and all my accessories easily, with more space if needed. The bag is comfortable and should fit most 'carry on' regulations for air travel.
For my editing I chose to put my faith in NEC and their stunning Spectraview Reference Series. My model, the Reference 2690 has been updated now but it has been a reliable, trustworthy monitor that is a pleasure to use. Consistent colour viewing and true colours are critical when working in any graphics environment.
Insurance is very important to me, not just for my Kit, but for my personal health cover whilst away on assignments too. I am happy to continue to use Glover & Howe for my photography related insurances. They are very competitive and the cover is excellent. Click on their logo, have a chat with them and get yourself covered!