January is my usual time for looking back over the images from the year before and I have noticed a change this year. I'm generally not a "gear-head" photographer, ok I can get lost in a good sales flyer from The Flash Centre or Calumet, but since I pay my bills and feed my children with my cameras I tend to demand they generate money for me rather than being a slave to them! That all being said, looking back over the images I shot in 2014, I can distinctly see the influence of a single piece of kit that I purchased early in the year. The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Hybrid RX has allowed me to shoot on location, single handedly, quickly, safely and with minimal interruption to my clients. I always shoot on location, but that may mean setting up a studio at a clients home or using their home as the set, but this year, more than ever before, we can head off into the woods or across the fields without this being any sort of drama.
The Quadra is so light, small and robust that I can take it with a Portalite Octa softbox on a light stand, power pack on one shoulder, camera bag on the other. Powerful enough to use in full summer sunshine but small enough and with a simple interface that the shoot remains about the subjects and not setting up the gear. I just need to get the adaptor to allow me to use the rest of the Elinchrom modifiers. Well done Elinchrom you have got his one pretty much spot on.
Here are a few images from this year lit with the Quadra, I'd love to know your thoughts and what piece of kit has made the biggest difference to the way you take photographs?