Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
A reflector is a must-have accessory when photographing fashion and portraits indoors with natural light. Here assistant Paul adds a touch of golden fill.
Godox Propac 820
When you are doing a fashion shoot you don’t want to have to wait for your flashgun to recharge. This rechargeable power pack weighs just 500g and gives me all the power that I need. Costing £159 ($240) it delivers over 250 flashes on full power with a recycle time of just one second. The nickel-metal-hydride cells recharge in around two hours. Mine’s lime green, but it is also available in black (www.studio-flash.com)!
The Orbis ring flash
This strange-looking attachments turns my Nikon SB900 Speedlight into a ringflash. It literally provides a circle of light which is great for close-up portraits, producing a doughnut-shaped catchlights in the eyes, and creating a shadowy halo around the head. I tend to use it in a strange way though… I use it to provide back lighting and extra light to shape and illuminate people. The Orbis is great at creating mixed lighting (natural plus flash). With a quick flick of a button you can have an instant soft box. It is also a great way of diffusing the power of the flash for off-camera set-ups, as we found during our Apprentice masterclass. It costs £179 (www.snapperstuff.com).
Blurb photo book
For fashion photographers your portfolio or ‘book’ is your calling card. I have started using a self-published book that I had made by Blurb (www.blurb.com). I created the layout using the book module in Lightroom 4. You can get different sizes and finishes; mine is 140-pages and uses the ‘Standard Portrait’ size measuring 10x8in, and is printed on ProLine Pearl Photo paper. It cost £56 ($84) with its hardcover image-wrap binding.
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