Essential Landscape Photography Gear

When I head out in the field for photography I bring the same equipment and gear, whether making images of Waterfalls, Wildflowers, Aspen groves, Anasazi Ruins, Winter landscapes, as long as I’m within walking distance of my car, I take along:

  1. Tripod (Manfrotto carbon fiber) and the correct quick release plates pre-mounted on my camera bodies
  2. D5100 and D300 camera bodies
  3. Nikon 12-24mm lens
  4. Nikon 16-85mm lens
  5. Nikon 55-300mm lens
  6. Cable release for each camera body
  7. SD and Compact flash cards (usually about 48 GB)
  8. 2 stop (.06) Graduated Neutral density filter
  9. Cokin P holder for above
  10. All in a sweet backpack type camera bag (my current bag is a Lowe Expedition 5)

When I am hiking the weight is important to me so some things in the camera bag are left in the studio or in a case in the car: For hiking more than 5 miles or multiday backpacking I take the following gear.

  1. Tripod, lightweight carbon fiber ( I love Manfrotto gear)
  2. Nikon D5100 and Nikon L120
  3. Nikon 16-85 lens
  4. Cable release for D5100
  5. SD cards (usually about 48GB)
  6. 2 stop (.06) Graduated Neutral Density filter
  7. Cokin P holder for above
  8. I carry the DSLR in a waterproof camera bag that I sling over my shoulder and the rest of the gear is either in my backpack or daypack.
  9. Extra batteries for each camera
  10. I don’t “chimp” photos on a multiday trip as the batteries will not last without recharging.  I am shopping for a lightweight, solar battery charger, but so far, buying and keeping additional batteries charged is proving cheaper and lighter weight.  While camping on cold nights in the mountains I sleep with my water bottle and batteries in the sleeping bag with me.
  11. I sometimes take my ipad with me to use the GPS tracking and to upload/backup files.

I suggest participants judge their minimum needs for hiking, however, if the car is nearby as in many of our workshops, then feel free to bring all your most important gear along.

Essential gear in the mountains of Colorado:

  1. Raingear
  2. Warm layers
  3. Hat
  4. Bug repellent
  5. Sunscreen
  6. Waterbottle
  7. Snack

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