Like a cold beer and a braai, your morning coffee with Ouma rusks, or a lazy weekend and Netflix… some things are simply better together. In celebration of Valentine’s Day 2018, we’ve assembled a few products that complement one another perfectly.
Photographing a client’s wedding is an honour. However, with that honour comes a lot of responsibility. After all, the guests eat the cakes, the flowers die, but the photographs lasts forever.
MagMod MagGrip & MagMod MagBounce
Dark reception areas have long been a nightmare for wedding photographers, but with the MagMod MagGrip and MagMod MagBounce those days are gone. The MagMod MagGrip is a must-have product that links your flash (using strong “rare-earth” magnets) to the MagBounce and other MagMod accessories. The MagBounce then increases the apparent size of the flash acting like a small softbox providing you with soft, even light. Simply connect your MagGrip to your flash unit and the MagBounce to your MagGrip.
Cactus RF60X Wireless Flash & MagMod MagSphere
Every decent wedding photographer owns a flash. The Cactus Wireless Flash RF60X is well built and compact, supports High-Speed Sync/FP Mode, AF-assist and even boasts Cooling Mode, an industry exclusive feature that allows a fast recycle time of 1.9 sec. The MagMod MagSphere diffuser attaches to the flash and increases the size of the surface being lit up by the flash for a softer glow over a bigger area. It also creates beautiful catchlights in the eyes of your subject, which is ideal for bridal portraits.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART Series Lens & Godox 5-in-1 Reflector 110cm
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens is a professional lens built with an emphasis on artistic expression and the creative potential of a lens. Its f/1.4 aperture ensures excellent brightness and those sought after bokeh effects wedding photographers go nuts for. The 5-in-1 Reflector by Godox works beautifully with the Sigma 35mm lens as it allows you to manipulate light indoors and on location by diffusing harsh light, bouncing light and softening shadows.
Wildlife photographers have to be some of the most patient people on the planet; they drive long hours to get to their destination; wake up before dawn and linger in an endless game of cat and mouse waiting to capture a shot of that lion lazing under a tree. When it comes to this genre of photography, just like patience, stability is the key to ensure your photo turns out brag-worthy.
Badger Gear Snuggfit Bean Bag & Badger Gear Ground Pod
The Badger Gear Snuggfit Bean Bag is filled with pellets and provides a solid base to support heavy lenses. The Badger Gear Ground Pod is lightweight and designed to support any lens and camera combination up to 600mm. If you stack the Ground Pod on top of the Bean Bag, this combo provides the ultimate support for ground-level bird and wildlife photographers.
Benro GH2 Gimbal Head & LensCoat
The Benro GH-2 Gimbal Head is a specialised tripod head for heavy telephoto lenses and allows you to rotate your lens around its centre of gravity making it easy to manipulate very large lenses. To ensure those large, expensive lenses stay protected while on Safari, you can cover your lens with a LensCoat. They come in various sizes and colours for you to choose from. The combination of these two products ensure easy manoeuvrability and protection from unnecessary dings, bumps and scratches.
The fun thing about studio photography is the freedom you get to be creative with lighting. The options are endless and there are amazing accessories that can take your photographs from mediocre to exceptional.
White Paper Backdrop & Gaffer Tape
When it comes to studio photography – the better the basics, the better the end product. A big paper roll like the Colorama 2.72 x 11m backdrop (in arctic white) ensures that you have enough clean backdrop for numerous shoots while a roll of white Savage Gaffer Tape ensures your background stays perfectly secure. Another cool thing about a white paper backdrop is that you can push yourself creatively by using colour gels to light up the backdrop or if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even paint the backdrop! Gaffer tape also has more than one function… it comes in handy to mark your lighting setup, secure cords and cables and even identify your gear.
TetherTools TetherPro USB 3.0 Cable & JerkStopper Camera Support
The TetherPro USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Micro-B cable is extra long and allows for quick and easy camera to computer tethering. Moving around in studio puts stress on the cables that can cause them to either disconnect or lead to wear-and-tear. That’s where the JerkStopper Camera Support kit removes all the stress and strain placed on the cable or cord and ensure it stays plugged in and prevents cable or equipment damage.
Profoto B1X 500 & Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6
Photography is all about controlling and shaping light and with the Profoto B1X it’s easy to take your creativity to the next level. The Profoto B1X offers cordless, battery-powered freedom and flexibility to help you create exquisite light before going home to continue the creativity in post-production. For those of you who don’t need all of the professional functions of Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom 6 is the perfect alternative and provides tonnes of editing features like advanced healing brush, advanced noise reduction while also being an easy way to keep your work files neat and organised.
If nature is what makes your soul happy, you’ll need specific gear to preserve those once-in-a-lifetime views of the Drakensberg’s Cathedral Peak dusted in winter snow.
Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 Pro Lens & Benro Screw-in 3-Stop ND Filter
This compact, ultra wide-angle Tokina AT-X 11-20mm lens features a constant f/2.8 aperture that makes viewing and autofocus possible in low-light conditions. To encourage some creativity while capturing landscapes, use this lens with the Benro 3-stop ND filter. It allows you to use slower shutter speeds in brighter light and is an excellent tool to deliberately create motion blur or enhance your compositions.
Benro GoTravel Tripod Kit & Phottix C6 Remote Control (1 m)
To create that perfect long exposure landscape photograph, there’s nothing more important than stability. Therefor you’ll need a remote trigger and a sturdy tripod. We suggest the Benro GoTravel Aluminium Tripod Kit with B2 Ball Head because it’s a lightweight and compact support system weighing just shy of 2 kg and can hold up to 16 kg. The Phottix Wired Remote Switch with 1 m C6 Cable is a compact remote switch with all the functions of the camera’s shutter-release button.
Susan Sontag once said that travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs and we couldn’t agree more. If you’re a globe-trotting photographer with a heart for adventure, check out these compact, lightweight gear pairs.
Lowepro Pro Runner 350 Backpack & Zeiss Cleaning Kit
Keep your cameras and lenses clean and protected with our favourite travel backpack and cleaning kit. The Lowepro Pro Runner 350 BP AWII Camera Backpack has travel-friendly details that make the journey hassle-free. It’s the best choice for keeping your gear safe and organised. The Zeiss cleaning kit contains an Air Blower, Dust Brush, Lens Cleaning Solution, 1x Microfibre Cloth and 10x Moist Cleaning Wipes to ensure your kit is clean and ready to shoot at all times.
Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Camera & Lensmate Thumb Rest
The Fujifilm X-T20 has that analogue look, is compact and the ideal travellers’ companion. Think easy-to-use and lightweight with a 24.3-megapixel sensor and impressive noice reduction even at an ISO of 12800! There are also a few filter effects you can choose from to give your image that touch of quirkiness. For added comfort while using the Fuji X-T20 camera, get yourself the Lens Mate Thumb Rest… This small, seemingly pointless accessory makes a huge difference when holding your camera.
Sports photography is all about speed and precision. It’s vital that you predict the scene, frame the image perfectly and capture the action in a split second. You need gear that can keep up with your pace and accessories that will enhance the photo quality.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM MKII Lens & Benro SHD UV Filter 77mm
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens increases speed, performance and optical quality while maintaining the characteristics that made it a legend among professionals and advanced amateurs alike. Although this lens boasts dust and moisture resistant sealing, when using this lens out in adrenaline-filled environments, you’ll need every bit of extra glass protection. That’s where we suggest combining the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens with the Benro SHD UV Filter for added protection from bumps and scratches. This Benro SHD UV filter also ensures minimum reflectance and glare, therefor producing better image quality with less contrast loss and higher saturation.
Lexar 64G SD Professional 2000x 300MB/s & JJC Memory Card Case
Whether you’re a professional sports photographer, videographer or enthusiast, this 64G high-speed Lexar memory card delivers performance you can trust. In the event that you accidentally erase photo or video files or the card becomes corrupted, Lexar offers free downloadable Image Rescue Software to assist in file recovery. Paired with the JJC Camera Memory Card Case you can be confident knowing that your cards will stay safe from damage and organised.
Just like some people were born to be pilots, some photographers were born to fly drones and photograph things most people otherwise never get to see. You might not know it, but there are quite a few accessories to pair with your drone for an even more memorable experience.
DJI Mavic Air Drone & PGYTECH Landing Pad
The Mavic Air drone fills the gap between the DJI Spark and the DJI Mavic Pro. Its foldable design enables content creators to fly and create new stories from new perspectives and since it comes in a neat travel bag you don’t have to carry around all the parts separately. A drone landing pad is probably one of the most underrated pieces of gear. Yet it guides you on where to land and protect your drone against gravel hitting up into your gimbal head. So we won’t suggest you buy a drone without the landing pad unless you’re willing to possibly pay for repairs.
DJI Mavic Pro Drone Combo & DJI VR Goggles
The DJI Mavic Pro goes wherever you go, is easy to use and turns the sky into your creative canvas. The Mavic Pro Drone Combo and Virtual Reality Goggles make the perfect pair because shooting life from up in the sky doesn’t have to end there, use the DJI Goggles to immerse yourself in your drone’s footage in real-time. Or have fun watching friends and family relive your drone footage.