Travel Photography Kit Bag Essentials - Collard Studios
Many clients and followers of Collard Studios ask questions about the equipment Liam and Stam use to create their unique brand of photography. For that reason, they’ve decided to talk more about their photography gear, their go-to cameras and lenses, and other tips and tricks that have helped them to create some their most fantastic and award-winning images. Some of their favourites are featured throughout the post using their most used kitbag items.
What is Collard Studios?
Collard Studios is a commercial photography boutique consisting two photographers and one videographer, co-owned by my partner Stam and myself. We work on a mixture of projects for clients around the world looking for stunning visual content, marketing material and advertising imagery to represent their brands through photography and video.
What is the main focus of Collard Studios?
We work with a selection of the world’s luxury hotels, creating stunning and bespoke lifestyle and travel content for their brands. These projects include capturing aspirational lifestyle content for social media channels, commercial advertising projects, website and marketing imagery and travel photography projects that are relevant to certain client locations.
Some of our personal projects have included visiting a remote hill tribe in Northern Thailand, a trip to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil to live with local communities, as well as many other adventures throughout South East Asia, where we are based, which has given us the ability to capture different people’s unique way of life.
What client projects are you working on?
Collard Studios represent some amazing brands from around the world, such as the Four Seasons Group, Twinpalms Luxury Hotels, BMW and Ryder Diamonds. We’ve worked in 15 different countries over the last five years with many trips planned for 2018/19.
What are your go-to cameras and lenses?
The main thing for us, is that we travel light. I mainly use the Sony A9, and take almost all of my photographs exclusively with two lenses, namely, the Sony Zeiss 35mm 1,4, and the Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8.
For portrait images, I prefer the the Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8, while the Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 is usually my lens of choice when I need a wide-angle.
Stam, on the other hand, likes to use the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV body for all of our client’s work. She also favours the 35mm 1.4 L for a lot of her work, and uses the 85mm 1.2 ii lens for most of her portrait shots.
Stam and I both use the Sony RX1R, too—It has the best image quality out of all our camera gear, and it’s the smallest full frame camera available. It can focus a bit slow when used in dark lighting but has helped us capture some of our best images whilst traveling the world.
What’s the most important thing when it comes to taking the perfect image?
Lighting and composition are the two main elements when it comes to great photography. We love to use natural light where it’s available but are big fans of Profoto’s lighting equipment for when we need to add some light to create the image we want.
Profoto is the real winner when it comes to quality and easy-to-use gear. They have a TTL-compatible remote for both the Canon and the Sony, which means that Stam and I can share the same lighting.
Our favourite product of theirs is probably the B2 Flash, used with a few grids and an octabox, so that we have more flexibility when it comes to lighting and it's portable enough to take on all our travels.