Phil's Recommendations

October 31, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

For this blog I thought I would share some info (Phil's recommendations) on a lot of the photography products I use to capture/edit my photos. Plus a few other recommendations also for some items I may use whilst out photographing or for editing etc.

Those that have followed me for a while know I purely shoot Canon full frame cameras and I also only use Canon lenses, mainly the L-Series professional lenses (identified with the red ring). I also only use Canon flash equipment and transmitters/receivers etc. I do use Godox soft boxes though for some of the portrait shooting I do but they use my Canon flashes for lighting. I have been using Canon gear for over 30 years and love the supreme build quality, reliability and also the weather sealing of todays professional cameras and lenses. My go to camera at the moment is the new Canon EOS R5 but I also still frequently use my 5D Mk4 and also my 6D Mk2. All are brilliant cameras and do what I require of them without fail. I only use Sandisk cards in my cameras also, they are the market leader for quality and reliability and I have never had one let me down yet (good card maintenance is a must though).

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Other equipment I also use are my DJI drones. The main one I use now is the P4 Pro+ which is a fantastic drone with a 20mp camera. I'm also looking at getting the DJI Mavic Air 2 soon also which is super small and can be used where I require portability like when I go hiking.

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I also have 2x GoPro Hero 8 cameras which I use for timelapse and other jobs plus where I need portability and also a waterproof camera. The video and photo quality from these is great. I used one of these a lot on my recent hiking trip to Garawalt Creek. See my other blog post on this trip HERE.

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For video jobs I still mainly either use my Canon cameras or a GoPro depending on the requirements. I also use Rode audio equipment, mics and transmitters/receivers. I have also just bought a DJI Ronin-S gimbal for video work so am looking forward to putting that to use and stepping up my game with video.

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I am also a reseller for 3 photography accessory brands, NiSi Filters, Sirui and also Sunwayfoto. I have a new products website where you can browse and also purchase quality photography accessories like filters, tripods and much more. I have also created a category where you can filter products that I use and/or recommend to landscape photographers. You can check out Phil's recommendations at the link below. Stay tuned to my socials and mailing list for occasional specials and promotions with all these products, it's a great time to buy!

https://philcoppphotos.com.au/index.php/product-category/phils-recommendations/
 

Once I have captured my photos editing is the next most important thing I need quality software and equipment for. I have a custom built desk top computer which is super fast and was locally built in Townsville by The Computer Workshop. It's matched with an Eizo monitor which is the market leading brand for photography monitors. I calibrate this regularly so the colours in my prints match what I see on the screen. I use software in the Adobe Photography plan for editing which includes Lightroom and Photoshop. These are regularly updated so I know I am using the latest editing software. I also use Adobe Bridge for sorting lots of files as it is a lot quicker than Lightroom for this task. Other software I also use is Topaz DeNoise. This is game changing noise reduction software and I use it on a lot of my images now. It also works as a plug-in with Lightroom and Photoshop which is great and easy to use.

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Another product I highly recommend is my AYUP head torch. This headtorch is super bright and also waterproof with great battery life (about 8 hours). They are not cheap but are worth every cent for reliability and lighting the landscape on those early morning hikes to a new spot or at night for astrophotography. They are that good they are used by a lot of emergency services and also many expedition adventure racers. They are also Australian made. You can find out more at the link below:

https://ayup-lights.com/lighting-kits?product_id=1
 

My final recommendation is the awesome team at Garricks Camera House in Townsville. Always a smiling face to welcome you in store and always the best photography advice across many brands. Your one stop shop for all your gear! Shop local and they will look after you.

Lastly, I am more than happy to help (where I can) anyone with any photography related issues or questions. Get in touch via my website or socials.

Till next time, happy shooting!

Phil


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