Rory Recommends (Must Have Portrait Photography Gear)

Choosing the right equipment for your photoshoots can make your life much easier. Welcome to Rory Recommends a Bi-Weekly Blog Post in which I’ll share my equipment recommendations for Portrait Photography.

 

Lets start with backdrops. Lastolite supply a wonderful selection of Collapsable/Reversible Backdrops. For the portrait photographer on the move they are an ideal solution, folding down to a manageable size. On a recent photoshoot with The Paratroopers, I utilised Lastolite’s, Virginia/Kentucky Dyed Collapsible Background. The backdrop has two different sides providing an artistic and vivid burn orange effect. Don’t forget to pickup the Magnetic Backdrop Stand

Pvt Brooks 3PARA 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment. Virginia/Kentucky Dyed Collapsible Background.

Next a few handy accessories; firstly my preferred Camera Case. Often during photography workshops delegates always ask what bags do you use? My answer the Peli 1510, make sure you pick up the dividers, the to replace the internal foam supplied. I find the internal foam always falls to bits from regular use. You can also pickup a handy laptop pouch kit for your iPad and Wires. I’ve been using this for more that a year now. The 1510 is one strong case, truly water proof, robust and rigid. The wheels are of very good quality, I’ve dragged this case all over the world across pavements, and fields.

Lately I have been wanting to capture behind the scenes footage of my photoshoots, especially photographing Tanks and visiting interesting locations. Mostly I use my trusted iPhone 7.  However, I needed something to mount it to a tripod. I found a very handy little tool for mounting the iPhone to my Manfrotto Tripod.  The Mudder Universal Smartphone Adaptor, fits any smart phone to your tripod with a generic screw fit.

 

Mudder Universal Smartphone Holder Mount Monopod Tripod Adapter

Another handy tripod adaptor, is the Manfrotto Universal Tripod Mount with Adapter for the GoPro Hero. I recently invested in a Go Pro Hero 5 Session, again to capture behind the scenes footage. This handy tool attaches the go pro to any Tripod or Monopod.

 

Rory Recommends (Must Have Portrait Photography Gear)

Choosing the right equipment for your photoshoots can make your life much easier. Welcome to Rory Recommends a Bi-Weekly Blog Post in which I’ll share my equipment recommendations for Portrait Photography.  For myself portability is key, with more than half of my Portrait Sittings taking place on location, at clients offices or in their homes. Collapsable and easy to carry equipment is essential for my work.

On a recent Portrait Photoshoot Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. I took advantage  of the latest portable equipment. Lets start with the backdrop. Lastolite supply a wonderful selection of Collapsable/Reversible Backdrops. For the portrait photographer on the move they are an ideal solution, folding down to a manageable size. For the sittings I utilised the Black/Grey Reversible. Don’t forget to pickup the Magnetic Backdrop Stand

As the photographer on the move, the ProFoto kit combines durability with portability and power. For the sittings I used the Pro Foto B2-250 kit which includes the AirTTL Power Pack. The power pack is made for the photographer on the road, and weights just less than 1kg with its Li-Ion battery.

The B2’s twin outlets have a dedicated thumbwheel that allows the package 250Ws of power to be distributed asymmetrically over a 9-stop range in full or 1/10 steps. At 0.7kg, the sturdily-built B2 Off-Camera Flash Heads measure 10.2cm long, and have a 9.9cm diameter fitting into the palm of your hand. A barely-visible umbrella channel runs through the top of the head. My chosen modifiers a pair of Air TTL OCTA’s producing wonderful soft lighting.

 

To finish a good light meter is essential, you will be surprised, I have taught a great deal of budding photographers in my workshops, and many have never used a light meter. I recommend the Sekonic L-308S, its simple to use and will ensure accuracy in your metering.

 

Intermediate Portrait Lighting

This week I have put together a collection of helpful portrait lighting diagrams; along with all the equipment used to capture them. Choosing the right equipment for your photoshoots can make your life much easier.  Don’t forget a good light meter is essential, you will be surprised, I have taught a great deal of budding photographers in my workshops, and many have never used a light meter. I recommend the Sekonic L-308S , it’s simple to use and will ensure accuracy in your metering.

 

Black Backdrop Rim Lighting:

Rim Lighting Portrait London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Equipment List:

Camera Fuji XT1 & 18-135mm Lens Kit 

Lighting X3 Bowens 400 RX Strobes

Backdrop Black 2.72M Seamless Backdrop Paper

X2 Strip 100 Softboxes 

x1 21″ White Beauty Dish

X2 Matthews Flags 18×24″


Location Portrait:

Location Portrait Lighting Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer

Equipment List:

Camera Mamiya Leaf Credo 40 Digital back with Mamiya 645DF

Backdrop Lastolite 5′ x 6′ (1.5mx1.8m) Collapsible Backdrop Grey/White 

Lighting Profoto B2 250 AirTTL To-Go Kit 

Profoto Off Camera Flash Softbox 2″ Octa (60 cm) 

Profoto 80cm Reflector – Black/White

Profoto 80cm Reflector – White/Silver


Contour Lighting

Body Contour Portrait Lighting

Equipment List:

Camera Nikon D750 Digital SLR Camera with 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Backdrop Mandarin 2.72m x 11m Seamless 

Lighting x3 Bowens Gemini 500 Pro Flash Heads

x1 21″ White Beauty Dish

x2 Bowens 100 Lumiair Softboxes  x2 Egg Crates