Behind the scenes with nadir khan

Nadir Khan entered the world of photography in his late teens. Now, with years of experience in filmmaking and adventure sport photography, he is in high demand from world class athletes and companies alike.

In addition to his own photography business, he is an educator, running adventure photography courses all over the UK.

He loves working with creative individuals and is always on the lookout for new, inspiring projects that take him out of his comfort zone.

Nadir finds inspiration in the drama of clouds, the dynamism of light, and of course, ACTION!


We recently had an opportunity to chat with Nadir

1.Can you detail the camera gear that gets you through most of your shoots?

As with most photographers I select my gear depending on the shoot. On the whole, my favorite camera body is Canon 5D Mark III for shooting stills or the EOS-1D C for shooting video. For lenses, I use a combination of the EF f/4 or f/2.8 lenses, as I am always balancing the weight of the gear I have to carry. Usually I have the EF 17-40 f/4 L, 24-70 f/2.8 L, 70-200 f/4L, 15mm fisheye, 8-15 f/4L, 50mm f1.4 and the 50 mm macro. 

Other gear I bring includes:

  • Manfrotto tripod
  • Elinchrom ELB400 flash unit
  • EL Skyport triggers for ELB400 or Pocket Wizard triggers for Speedlite 580EX II
  • SYRP Genie, time lapse controller

2.What is the most important non-camera equipment you take with you on a shoot?

I am often shooting off the well-trodden path, so I travel as light as possible. Things I never leave home without are lens cloths, water, energy bars, ibuprofen, and of course my Loka UL.

3.Can you share an experience that has stuck in your mind?

There are so many memorable times, but one image that stands out is of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye. The light and atmosphere combine to create a very special place. As with the majority of Scotland, you often have to shoot in between rain storms but when you get the light breaking through a storm cloud, those are the magic moments.

4.What is the best advice you have been given?

To believe in yourself and don't give up. It takes time, perseverance and tenacity. In anyone's career, early on, no one believes in you except maybe your partner and parents. It’s easy to get discouraged and give up, but find your voice and keep pushing. Not everyone makes it because not everyone has the rare combination of talent, a unique way of looking at the world, a good business sense, and interpersonal skills. But, if you do, keep on going and eventually you will get a break.

5.If you could choose, what is your favorite image that you have taken?

I don't have one favourite image but most of my favorite images are on my website and blog. I suppose my newest image [on my website] is a culmination of what I know up until that point. As a keen educator I like to ensure that I am continuously learning and I am always looking for new ways of expressing myself. I am super critical of my work and will always be looking for elements that could be improved. That is part of the journey that I get to take every time I head out on a shoot.


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