|Giotto’s have supplied me with tripods for my own evaluation and for guests and clients joining me on courses and workshops. They manufacture both aluminium and carbon fibre models and I have taken them into some pretty extreme terrain (deep rocky gorges, building and construction sites, farmers’ fields and sandy coastlines) and can honestly state that they have never let me down.|
|DeluxGear is an American company who retails in the UK through http://www.cameraclean.co.uk. I have used DeluxGear LensGuards for several months and on more than one occasion the Lens Guard has saved my lens from being smashed. Check out their new PinPoint focus aid too; very helpful in low light and similar conditions where autofocus may hunt or it is just to dark to focus manually.|
|Lee filters are, in my view, simply the best quality filters you can buy. I use Neutral Density Graduated Filters (available as hard or soft graduated) in various strengths as well as a two stop and 81B warm up combined filter. I also use the 10 stop Neutral Density filter, or ‘Big Stopper’ as it has become known; great for slowing down flowing water and catching cloud movement as it crosses the sky.|
|Those of you who have joined me on any of my outdoor photography workshops, either in the UK or abroad, will have noticed that I always wear a Paramo jacket or gilet (if weather demands it). There are many makes of good outdoor clothing available, for sure, but for me Paramo works best. Why? Well, the garments are very weatherproof (and believe me, they need to be!) and very comfortable. In addition the generous supply of sensibly sized pockets are extremely useful for holding lenses, filter cases and lots of other paraphernalia that “us lot” carry around with us. Having worn Paramo clothing for several years I see every reason to continue to do so and can absolutely recommend them for outdoor photography (or walking, hiking, exploring…).|
|Ever since I started taking my photography seriously I have used nothing but Lowepro camera rucksacks. With excellent protection, and very comfortable to wear, I have worked my way through three models, latterly the Dryzone DZ 200 and the Vertex 200. They have kept my gear protected in some pretty harsh conditions including exposed coasts, downpours and rough terrain. I use Lowepro with complete confidence and am convinced you would too. My camera/lenses etc cost me a lot of money so it makes perfect sense to protect that investment!|
I am indebted to the above companies who have helped me enormously in the development of my photography and have no hesitation in recommending their products, all of which I use regularly.