Peter Ashby-Hayter

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Photography by Peter Ashby-Hayter: Dancers with Jack Vettriano at the RWA, Bristol

Photography equipment recommendations.

My main cameras are the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 DSLR’s (D4 for speed and the D800 for its 36 megapixel image size). I use various excellent modern Nikkor lenses, including the remarkable 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR which Nikon describes as: "a lens that rivals fixed focal length lenses" It is probably the best lens I’d ever owned along with the more recent Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, the Vibration Reduction system in this lens allows a slower shutter speed of up to five stops for unnaturally sharp images in low light. Amazing.

Lenses with 'photographer's stars' for various different reasons and in no particular order:

Digital media is always supplied by Lexar. Studio & location lighting by Bowens, Nikon & Metz. Tripods and stands by Manfrotto and reflectors & backgrounds by Lastolite. Calumet Photographic is the Professional dealer I would recommend, try the Bristol store at Station Road, Montpelier. Professional photographic printing exclusively by Clifton Colour.

Back-up equipment include two Nikon digital cameras the D2x and D700. Currently in semi-retirement is all my non-digital equipment including several classic Nikon and Olympus 35mm cameras and a Horseman Large Format view camera system. My extensive Hasselblad system was sadly traded-in at London Camera Exchange as the Digital Backs never dropped to a price I could economically justify.

I use Apple Mac computers and Creative Suite 6 software by Adobe, including Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Also various other pieces of mac software are utilized including the excellent Phase One Media Pro browser, Graphic Converter and onOne Software PhotoTools 2.6 these are used with Photoshop during the post photography workflow.

I used to recommend Nikon Capture NX2, a unique software created by Nik Software, it contained several features missing from Photoshop including 'Color Control Points'. Google bought Nik in 2012 and now gives away the Photoshop plug-ins, Viveza is the one with the Control Points.

Links for these recommendations can be found on the Links page.