Published on November 24, 2015 by Thomas Heaton
This blog is intended to shed a little more information on the items mentioned in my YouTube Video.
**Ok, I admit it! I have fallen behind on the upkeep of this blog. I have created a brand new, up to date “Gear Blog” Click on the link to read something more up to date.**
Below you will find a list of all kit mentioned in my video. Some kit will have further details, such as why I think it is important. Although I do love my gear, I do not believe all of it will improve my photography, however some of it will help improve my photography and it is these items that I will talk about most.
Photography Equipment List
DJI Phantom 4
Garmin Fenix 3 GPS Watch
Lowe Pro Runner 450AW Bag
Lowe Pro Rover 45AW Bag. Holds everything you need & more, but comes at a price.
Canon 5D MK III
Zeiss Distagon 21mm Lens
Canon 24-70L Lens MK I
Canon 70-200L f4
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Tripod (New Version Here)
Manfrotto Arcas Swiss Ball Head – This is awesome.
Jobby Sling – Very Handy for ‘On the Go’, better than a standard strap.
Nisi Filters – ND 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, Little Stopper, Big Stopper, ND Graduated 0.6 Hard & Soft and a 0.9 Reverse Graduated Filter
LowePro Filter Pouch
Lee Foundation Holder – The best filter holder on the market.
Heliopan 105mm Polariser (The most important filter I own) and to attach it to the front of my Lee Foundation Holder, I use one of these.
A Cheap 3rd Party Cable Release. Benefits include reducing camera shake & taking exposures longer than 30 seconds when in Bulb mode.
Hot Shoe Spirit Level. Keeps my camera level.
Lens Cleaning Kit.
Macbook Pro. Used for working on location/Traveling.
Spares. Always pack spare memory & spare batteries.
Waterproof Camera Cover. Mine is a simple, cheap cover bought from Amazon.
Some Lee Lens Caps. Amazing. Why did it take me so long to get these?
Kit that Bridges the Gap Between the Outdoors & Photography
There are many things that can put an end to your shoot, a lot of which can be avoided if you are prepared and have a few essential tools. Below is my list of such items.
Electrical Tape or Duct Tape. This item can fix almost anything.
Leatherman Skeletool. Any multitool will suffice.
Berghaus Packlite Waterproof Jacket & Lowe Alpine Gloves. Even in the summer the weather can turn, so keep war and dry where ever possible. When buying gloves, try to purchase those with rubber grips.
Map & Compass. Find new locations & prevent yourself getting lost on the fells.
Garmin E-Trex 30 GPS. A very handy devise and always make sure you have spare AA batteries.
Garmin Fenix 3 GPS Watch
A Small Umbrella.
Food & Water. I can’t do anything when I’m hungry.
Black Diamond Storm Head Lamp. It’s bight, waterproof & incredible handy when shooting dusk & dawn.
Wellies & Waders
Yes… I own some hip Hip Waders, get over it. Why did I buy these? I am always finding compositions on the coast, in rivers or by a lake that I simply can’t access. Buy wearing some hip Hip Waders nothing can stop me now.
My Modern Day Darkroom. My Office.
I wanted to create a space where I could work, relax and contemplate all things photography. It had to be functional as well as an inspiring & relaxing place to be. I also had to do it on a budget.
The first thing I wanted was a desk, which could span the length of my office, unfortunately desks of this size do not come cheap. After giving it a little thought, it came to me that I could fashion such a desk using components from Ikea. For the desk, I used 3 simple cupboards with shelving inside. Placed on top of the cupboards was a kitchen worktop. The whole thing came in at approximately £110.
I used the same cupboard system for my printer, with the shelving being perfect storage for prints, paper, tools etc.
I fitted a daylight balanced, high wattage bulb to ensure consistent lighting and accurate colour representation on my prints. I painted 3 walls white, these walls would act as a mini gallery of my work and of other works that inspired me. I also fitted floating shelves for more storage.
There is nothing better to get your photography juices flowing than a good read.
I have many books & magazines, all of which make for great reading and truly inspire me to get out & get shooting. Below are just a few suggestions.
Full Frame by David Noton
Waiting for the Light by David Noton
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Ranulph Fiennes
Cold by Ranulph Fiennes
Wild Africa by Alex Bernasconi
The Man Who Cycled the World by Mark Beaumont
Wild Life by Simon King
Galen Rowell – A Retrospective
Planet Iceland by Sigurgeir Sigurjonsson
The Light Elsewhere by David Pickford
What I use to make videos
I hope this blog & video have been helpful.