Adam Duckworth’s work varies from portrait to commercial work but he’s known best for his magazine editorial photography.
He uses the latest techniques in flash photography to give his modern, colorful images a dramatic edge. He is especially well versed in shooting portraits – at speed, with pressure on time – on location and in the studio, and his main work is in dramatic portraits of action sports stars on location. Adam is also an excellent action sports photographer, with more than 50 magazine covers to his credit.
Adam has also moved into videography and film making and worked on several shorts and a full-length feature film, The Somnambulists, which won a place in the 2011 London Film Festival. He also shoots video for Lusso magazine and MOTO magazine.
Adam has more than 25 years professional experience, with work featuring in FHM, Zoo, Arena, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Golf World, Max Power, EVO, Mountain Bike Action, Cycling Plus, Rally Car, Motocross Action, MCN, Bike, Ride, and Skate Action among others. He is the author of the book The Field Guide to Flash Photography and co-author of One Light Flash and is a regular contributor to many international photography magazines.
Adam is a winner of the SWPP Commercial Photographer of the Year and has also won a national Canon-sponsored photographic award, exhibiting his winning entry in the V&A Museum in London.
His editorial work has seen him win three awards from the Periodical Publishers Association and a major international award from the Web Marketing Association. He is an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography.
He was and a finalist in the Ricoh International photo competition which was exhibited in Tokyo, Japan, and has lectured in advanced photography at Tresham Institute in Northamptonshire.
Adam has given many workshops and seminars, and has been a regular at the SWPP Convention in London and the Focus on Imaging shows in Birmingham.
"I’ve used Manfrotto tripods and lightstands right from when I first started in professional photography and they’ve never let me down.
Using a beautifully engineered piece of kit like a well-made carbon tripod is a joy. Every time I use one of my Manfotto or Gitzo tripods, they work flawlessly and are light, portable and hold the camera steady.
There is never one perfect tripod for every job and perhaps that’s why I seem to have amassed so many over the years! Large aluminium tripods for studio use, tiny carbon fiber ones for travelling light, beefy 5-series carbon Gitzo ones for heavy cameras like my medium format, Neotec for speedy use and everything in between! And now I’m moving into video, it’s Manfrotto tripods and fluid heads that are making the difference there, too.
But perhaps my most used Manfrotto items are the light stands. I use the medium stacker stands when using lights like Elinchrom Rangers. The Avengers come into use in the stuidio, especially the ones you can convert into booms.
But for ultimate portability you can’t beat the old 001B Nano stands which are ideal for Strobist-style off-camera flash use. They go really high and fold down really small. Perfection!"
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Favorite camera and lens: Phase One 645DF with a 150mm Schneider leaf-shutter lens as it flash syncs at 1/1600sec!
Nikon D4, Nikon D800 and D800E
Nikkor zoom lenses: 14-24 f2.8, 17-35 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8.
Nikkor prime lenses: 16mm f2.8, 24mm f3.5 PC-E, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.4, 105mm f2.8 macro, 200mm f2, 300mm f2.8, 500mm f4
45mm Hartblei Super-rotator lens
Nikon SB800 & SB900 flashes
Phase One 645DF with P40+ back
28mm, 55mm, 80mm, 110mm, 150mm LS Schneider-Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses
120mm Tilt Shift Schneider-Kreuznach lens
300mm Mamiya lens
16mm Ersat fisheye lens.
Leica M9, Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux lens, Leica 90mm f2 lens, Zeiss 25mm f2.8 lens
Canon EOS 5D MkII and 7D cameras
Canon zoom lenses: 17-40mm f4L, 24-120mm f4L, 24-70 f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L.
Prime lenses: 24mm f1.4L, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1/54L
580EX MkII flashes
Gitzo Systematic 3-series carbon fiber legs
Series 3 Quick Release Center Ball head
Gitzo 5 series Systematic tripods with Gitzo center ball heads
Gitzo 5 series monopod
Avenger light stands
Lastolite Strobo system
Lastolite pop-up backgrounds
Lastolite white balance cards
Lastolite umbrella box
4 Elinchrom Ranger Quadras
3 Elinchrom Rangers
6 Elinchrom RX600 heads
Elinchrom and Chimera softboxes and modifiers
Kata bags to transport it all in.