Elliot Cooper | Adventure / Travel Photographer
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Elliot Cooper — Wales based adventure, travel & lifestyle photographer.

What Gear Do I Use?

 

So I wanted to talk to you guys about one of the questions I get asked most frequently, what gear do I use? Let's find out! 

To begin, here's what I currently use. 

Canon 750D (Updated: Canon 5D Mark III)

Canon 24 - 70 f2.8 Mark ii L series Lens

Mephoto Aluminium Roadtrip Tripod

• DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

• iPhone 7

• Macbook Pro 13" Retina Display 2010

Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop CC 2017

Photo Credit : Daniel Alford

Photo Credit : Daniel Alford

To this day I've been using the very same camera body I first bought for myself, a Canon 750D. Many people always appear shocked when I tell them this seeing as it's an entry level DSLR at a relatively cheap price. However I strongly believe that it's how you use your kit that matters & until your gear really starts to limit you as a creative that's when you know it's time to upgrade. Although I absolutely love my 750D it just isn't cutting it for me as much anymore, especially when you want to produce the highest quality of work, especially for clients/brands.

Although it's served me remarkably well for a camera of its caliber I'm eagerly awaiting the time I can upgrade to either a Canon 5D Mark III/IV or Sony A7Rii (I'm still incredibly undecided on which!). However for someone starting out in the world of photography the 750D can be a true workhorse and is extremely simple to master given the right amount of effort. 

Shot by Josh M. James on film

Shot by Josh M. James on film

My real love obsession has to be with my Canon 24-70 glass. That lens is an absolute 100% beast. Any photographer who's used the lens I'm positive would tell you the same! Firstly it's like having a bag full of high end prime lens' at your disposal. Secondly it is dangerously sharp, it's allowed me to produce images on the 750D that prompt others to ask how I take such sharp images. The secret... the Canon's marvellous engineering. Although a very pricey lens, I cannot recommend it highly enough! The only other lens I'm lusting after at the moment is possibly a 70-200 tele, but we'll see. 

Photo Credit : Daniel Alford

Photo Credit : Daniel Alford

On the drone front I decided on the Phantom 3 Advanced due to it being mid range in price and still of superb quality. I wasn't sure how much use I'd get out of a drone to begin with so didn't want to dive straight into the deep end with a Phantom 4 or higher. The Phantom 3 is a wonderful drone and is highly capable of producing some pretty impressive images, it hasn't let me down yet (touch wood)! I love the DJI brand and how anybody can now photograph perspectives that 10 years ago you'd need to fork out for a helicopter for, it's a true revolution for the photography world. 

The mefoto tripod is simply incredible, it can be assembled in seconds. None of those pesky clips, just twist and pull, twist and pull! It can also double as a monopod if needed. It's insanely lightweight yet reliably strong. Can't offer enough praise for this tripod!

In regards to workflow, I have to say my personal opinion is that a MacBook of any kind is a must for photographers, it's difficult to explain, you'll just have to trust me! The retina/4K display alone is worth it. 
 

Photo Credit : Daniel Alford

Photo Credit : Daniel Alford

Now lastly, editing. Adobe Lightroom is where I do 100% of my editing from start to finish. I purchased some of my favourite VSCO presets and off of those created my own which I use as a base layer. Lightroom once again is an absolute essential for workflow & photographers in general, the possibilities are endless. I tend to use Photoshop for any mockup's I need to create, typography over images or any very specific details that need to be amended. I'll use it to create cinemagraph's as well.

So that's pretty much it when it comes to my gear! It's very bare bones and relatively minimalistic but it works for me and continues to. I hope I've managed to answer any questions you may have had however as always feel free to message me or leave a comment with any others! 

Thank you for reading,

EC. 

 
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