Andrew Link

Automobile photographer Andrew Link uses a Sony a7R mirrorless camera with a Metabones IV adapter to mount Canon L series lenses.

About 10 years ago I decided I wanted to photograph cars and I havenโ€™t looked back. I got my feet wet assisting at RIDES Magazine and was eventually turned loose on a few cars myself.

Today, Iโ€™m the Photo Director at RIDES where Iโ€™ve shot 29 Covers and countless features, Iโ€™ve built a network of the best talent in the country to shoot assignments for us, and I still make time to shoot freelance assignments for clients such as Lamborghini North America, Mercedes – Benz USA, and Chevrolet.

The kit I carry today has evolved from the ridiculous amount of gear I used to lug around the country in my early days. Back then I was dragging a Pelican case with my camera and lenses, a backpack with my laptop and some clothes, a Tenba air case with a Profoto 7B pack, heads, and two enormous batteries, a stand bag with my tripod and 3 light stands and a wheeled cart to help transport it all. Looking back at it, I canโ€™t believe I carried that much stuff around, but its what we had and I made it work.

Being that Iโ€™m on the road so much, I need to keep everything as small and light as possible. Now Iโ€™ve condensed as much as I can and I credit experience on location for allowing me to feel prepared for anything with far less gear.

I think my habit of carrying way too much gear came from fear of forgetting something, or not having the right piece of gear for a given situation, or any number of other horrible scenarios I dreamed up.

10 years later I know myself and my style enough that I know exactly what I need to have with me and will be able to figure something out should any problems arise.

My current kit consists of a Sony A7R body with a Metabones IV adapter to mount my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lenses. The quality of the Sony A7R sensor is outstanding, eventually Iโ€™ll pair it with its native Sony / Zeiss glass to really get the most out of it, but for now Iโ€™m very content with the quality of the files this setup is producing.

My cameras, lenses, laptop, filters, triggers and batteries are all housed in a Dakine Reload 30L backpack.

For light, I carry a Pelican 1510 with two Profoto B1 strobes if Iโ€™m going to be out on location, A Pelican 1650 with three Profoto D1 strobes (2 500W and 1 1000W) if Iโ€™m staying indoors with access to power. I used to carry the D1โ€™s everywhere with a Profoto BatPac for location power, but once the B1โ€™s came out I was glad to shed the weight of the BatPac from my travel kit. My last must have is my Westcott Ice Light. I love the Ice Light for lighting cars at night and if Iโ€™m positive I have a night shoot I can get away with only carrying my camera, lenses, and the Ice Light which makes for easy travel.

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  1. Andrew Link on January 27, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Thanks for the chance to be featured!

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