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When you look at Kate Hopewell-Smith’s portfolio, you will see an outstanding body of work that reflects a talent for creating unique perspective, so it was natural to invite Kate to become one of only seven Nikon Ambassadors for the UK. Today, Kate provides an exclusive peak inside her kitbag.

One of Kate’s stunning photographs that redefines the idea of ‘Wedding Photography’.

One of Kate’s stunning photographs that redefines the idea of ‘Wedding Photography’.

A relative newcomer to photography, Kate represents the rapidly developing lifestyle genre, as well as specialising in weddings, portraits and boudoir. She regularly contributes to photography magazines and is recognised as a voice for female photographers within the industry.  Kate actively trains aspiring photographers for Nikon School UK and Aspire Photography Training and is an invited panel member for The Guild of Photographers.

Kate Hopewell-Smith – Nikon Ambassador, UK.

Kate Hopewell-Smith – Nikon Ambassador, UK.

 

Her unique perspective is no doubt influenced by her study of art history, and as she states in her bio ‘My favourite subject at school was art and back then my medium of choice was oils.  I studied History of Art at degree level and now when people describe my work as ‘artistic’ I couldn’t be happier.’

So what does Kate use to achieve her acclaimed work? Kate highlights that “Recently I have started exploring DSLR filming and so some of the kit here relates to that. At a wedding I would be shooting the stills on two bodies and have someone filming the event as well.”

Kate Hopewell-Smith’s Professional Kitbag.

Kate Hopewell-Smith’s Professional Kitbag.

Kate mentions “The kit shown here does exclude artificial lighting kits like my Elinchrom Ranger Quadras, and Video Lights etc.”

Kate’s Kitbag Detailed:

1. Lowepro Roller Bag
2. Nikon D3S
3. Nikon D4S
4. Nikon D3 (back up)
5. Nikon D810 for video
6.  LCD Viewfinder
7. AFS Micro 105mm f/2.8 G ED
8. AFS NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4 G
9. AFS NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED
10. AFS VR NIKKOR 70 -200mm f/2.8 G
11. AFS NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 G
12. AFS NIKKOR 35mm F1.4 G
13. 2 x SB910 Speedlight
14. SS-SD9 Battery Pack
15. Memory Cards
16. Hoya Variable Density 77mm Filter
17. Hoya Variable Density 67mm Filter
18. Manfrotto MVM500A Video Monopod
19. Holdfast Moneymaker Dual Camera Strap
20. Shoot Sac Lensbag
21. Headache tablets
22. Business Cards
23. Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 and Mini TT1
24. Spare Camera Batteries
25. Lens cloth
26. Spare rechargeable flash batteries

Kate’s Top Tip 

Kate recommends that “You should get to know the Nikon School in London because they are willing to share their experience and knowledge with you all.  You can book great training courses as well as have the opportunity to test drive bodies and lenses.  It’s very important to choose the right kit for your shooting requirements.  For weddings, I need the speed and quality of the D4S, but for video the size of the D810 is perfect – a fantastic feature is the auto ISO.”

One of Kate's family portraits.

One of Kate’s family portraits.

You can see more of Kate’s portfolio on her website (katehopewellsmith.com), or stay inspired by her blog which she updates regularly.

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For over 20 years, Kossmann has been snapping celebrities – often off-guard – including the likes of Sharon Stone, Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman and Robert De Niro. We caught up with Stéphane at the recent world-renowned film festival, which ran late last month.

We chatted about how he captures a more candid side of A-list stars: you’ll rarely catch his subjects looking straight into the camera and he’s more likely to be photographing them as they get out of the car rather than on the red carpet. We also talked about the challenges of shooting at Cannes and how he manages to get his great shots in the busy environment of the two week event. Check out the video below:

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