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              By Eugene Struthers

The images included in this tutorial are for illustrative purpose only. There are other manufacturers and brands available. Glamour-Photography magazine is not brand or manufacturer specific. 

The Glamour photography industry classifies an intermediate kit as being any equipment or gear which you as a photographer have purchased with the sole purpose of making a second income with. It is termed this as it allows the individual photographer the flexibility to upgrade their existing kit to new or improved technology whilst not breaking the bank balance. Photographers that use an intermediate kit are usually classified as being at a semi-professional experience level. And a good indicator of this, would be if your current kit is redundant and not compatible with modern technology, you are making half of your income from photography whilst holding down a monthly paid 9-5 salary job, you have been paid to do more than five paid commercial or private photo shoots a month, you have been paid and published in a magazine or website more than three times a month. 


Following on from my previous two articles on the basic kit and the basic lighting & equipment in the Beginners course. Which can be found by click on these links. Click here: The basic kit Click here: The basic lighting & equipment .


 The Intermediate kit is more a recommendation on what next to upgrade too, or which modern equipment and gear to add to your existing kit. In the glamour industry, an intermediate kit is one which falls into the £600-£700  ($700-$800) budget bracket price range. The kit upgrade will be specific to your own individual needs and you may only want to add one or two extra items to your existing kit. The equipment and gear below is just a recommendation of which photography products most beginner glamour photographers are upgrading to in 2018.

Intermediate Camera level

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     Name                                     Camera format                          Sensor resolution              Sensor type                ISO sensitivity      Max sync speed

1)  Canon EOS 60d                    APS-C (22.3mm x 14.9mm)      18MP (5,184 x 3,456)        CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9    100 - 12,800         1/200
2)  Canon EOS 80d                    APS-C (1.6x Crop factor)          24MP (6,000 x 4,000)        CMOS, 22.5 x 15       100 - 25,600         1/250

3)  Canon EOS Rebel 800/t7i     APS-C (22.3mm x 14.9mm)      24.20MP (6,000 x 4,000)   CMOS DIGIC 7          100 - 51200          1/200      

4)  Canon EOS 77d                    Dual pixel (22.3 x 14.9)24.        20MP (6,000 x 4,000)        CMOS DIGIC 7          100 - 51200          1/200

5)  Nikon D3200                         DX format (24x16mm)               24.39MP (6080 x 4012)     23.2 x 15.4mm CMOS  100-12,800         1/200

6)  Nikon D3400                         DX format (23.5x15.6mm)         24.2 MP (6000 x 4000)      23.5 x 15.6mm CMOS  100-25,600         1/200

7)  Nikon D5200                         DX format (23.5x15.6mm)         24.71 MP (6000 x 4000)    23.5 x 15.6 CMOS        100-25,600         1/200

8)  Nikon D5500                         DX format (23.5x 15.6mm)        24.2 MP (6000 x 4000)      23.5 x 15.6 CMOS        100-25,600         1/200

Intermediate lens level

1) Sigma 70-300mm f4-5.6 APO Macro DG Lens For Sigma Digital & Film SLR Cameras


2) Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM


3) Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3


4) YONGNUO YN35mm F2N Lens 1:2 AF / MF Wide-Angle Fixed/Prime Auto Focus Lens 


5) Yongnuo yn-100 mm F/2 Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras – Auto Focus AF/MF


6) YONGNUO 85mm F1.8 AF/MF Standard Medium Telephoto Prime Lens Fixed Focal Camera Lens for Canon

Intermediate level strobes

400W 2.4G HSS Dual TTL(i-TTL and e-TTL) Outdoor Flash Strobe Light for Canon and Nikon.
  • Dual TTL Flash for Canon Nikon Camera, Built-in 2.4G Wireless Receiver, 400W strong power, 0.1-2.5s recycle time, 350 times full power output, GN60, 8 steps (1/128 to 1/1) power output

  • High quality lighting and great portability, Equipped with a 10w LED modelling lamp and a big capacity lithium battery pack (14.8v/3200mAh); Flash duration:1/220-1/10000s.

  • Support TTL/M/Multi/S1/S2 flash mode for Canon, Nikon, With Neewer Q1 Trigger to achieve 2.4G Wireless transmission and Wireless control.

400W Studio Strobe Flash strobe Photography Light
400W STROBE FLASH: Made of aluminum alloy, durable and convenient to use in studio shooting; With high flash energy 400WS

Flash Energy: 400WS

Guide Number: GN60

Flash Energy Adjustment: 1.0-6.0 Digital Dimming

Sync Distance: 10m

Color Temperature: 5600K +/- 200K

Flash Duration(s): 1/2400S

Trigger Mode: Photosensor, Flash Trigger, Test Button Trigger

400W TTL for CANON HSS Outdoor Studio Flash Strobe with 2.4G System and Wireless Trigger
  • 400W Full Power even at 1/8000s High Speed Sync Mode. 13W Dimmable energy-saving LED Modeling bulb. Stable color temperature at 5600+/-200K over the entire power range

  • Large capacity lithium battery pack to provide 500 full power flashes and fast recycle time (0.01-2.8 seconds)

  • Extremely short flash duration: from 1/650 to 1/10000 seconds. 7 steps of power adjustment (1/128 to 1/1)

Intermediate level flashes

YONGNUO YN-560 IV Wireless Speedlite Flash
YONGNUO YN-560 III Wireless Trigger & Speedlite Flash for Canon Nikon Pentax

Yongnuo YN-568EX III TTL Flash Speedlite for Canon



Yongnuo YN-E3-RT Wireless Speedlite Transmitter for Canon 600EX-RT ST-E3-RT


Yongnuo YN600EX-RT II E-TTL HSS Wireless Master Flash Speedlite for Canon EOS

Intermediate level triggers & receivers (cables)

Phottix Odin Flash Trigger Set
  • The Phottix Odin TTL Trigger consists of an on-camera transmitter and control unit (TCU) and receiver units for compatible hot shoe flashes

  • Photographers can wirelessly trigger TTL flashes, retaining full TTL functions, as well as remotely control power and flash zoom settings. Shooting with off-camera TTL flash has been made incredibly easy

  • Say goodbye to manual mode, proprietary flash-based triggering, or setting values on your camera LCD - reliable wireless radio-based TTL triggering and remote power control is here

YN-E3-RT Wireless Speedlight Transmitter wireless flash shooting for Canon
Automatic wireless flash shooting, high-speed sync.
Multi YN-E3-RT can share slave flashes

High-resolution Dot-Matrix LCD, Backlight for LCD/keys
Remote shutter release, Linked Shot 
Flash Mode: ETTL/M/Multi/GR 4 flash modes A/B/C/D/E 5 groups
Supports 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain (Only in M mode)
compatible with E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash
Exposure control system: E-
TTL /E-TTL autoflash, manual flash, stroboscopic flash, auto external flash metering
YONGNUO YN622C-KIT Wireless E-TTL Flash Trigger Kit with LED Screen for Canon including 1X YN622C-TX Controller and 1X YN622 C Transceiver
  • Supporting mixed use of the A/B/C three groups of flashes with E-TTL, Manual flash, or Super sync flash mode

  • High-speed Synchronous up to 1/8000s and Remote Control Function

  • Support simulate (modeling) flash, red-eye reduction flash

  • Support the flash zooming (auto) and exposure compensation, flash value lock function(FVL)

  • Support the basic flash trigger (max sync speed is 1/250s) of standard hot shoe

Yongnuo rf605 °C 16 Channels Wireless Flash Trigger & Shutter Release
  • Manual flash trigger for Canon with LCD display.16 channels and 6 groups. tx/ rx /trx several ways of working.Groups of 6 A/B/C/D/E/F (YN560-TX compatible).

  • Wireless remote shutter release button. It works with the flash trigger older RF603II, RF602, and RF603. Communication Range: up to 100 m.

  • Function 1: as a wireless shutter release button of the flash unit. It also mounted on these wireless transmitters can be triggered so as frequency.

Intermediate level flash soft box

1) Neewer 22"/55cm Studio Photo Beauty Dish Reflector Honeycomb Grid with White Diffuser Cover Sock for Bowens Mount Flash Strobe          Light.
2) Neewer 32x32 inches Bowens Mount Softbox with Grid and S-type Flash Bracket for Nikon SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, Canon 380EX,        430EX II, 550EX, 580EX II, 600EX-RT.
3) Neewer Photo Studio Multifunctional 32x32/80x80cm Softbox with S-type Speedlite Flash Bracket Mount and Carrying Case for Portrait or      Product Photography.
4) 35x160cm S-Type Fit Large Studio Strobe Flash Strip Grid Softbox 13.7x 62.9"

Intermediate level backgrounds

Intermediate level tripods & Boom arm

Intermediate level reflectors

Intermediate level accessories 

1) Heavy duty hardened plastic wireless strobe case.
2) NEW Strong metal clip Multi-function clip Studio accessories.
3) Hot shoe Flash Speedlite Bracket B Type Umbrella Holder Swivel Light Stand.
4) Foldable Speedlite Reflector Snoot Flash Softbox Diffuser Bender Beam Universal.
5) 6 Inch Photo Studio Light Photography Background Clip Backdrop Holder Clamp Peg.
6) Photo Adjustable 2x 3m Background Support Stand Photo Backdrop Crossbar Kit.
7) 1X FC100C 33-foot (10m) Heavy-Duty E-TTL Off-Camera Flash Shoe Cord Speedlights with E-TTL Hot Shoe | Maintains Full E-TTL Connection.

    10-meter Straight Cord | Mounts to Flash Shoe & 1/4"-20 Threaded Studs.

8) Digital Camera Backpack Bag Waterproof Case Cover SLR DSLR for Canon Nikon Sony.

         See you all

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