Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rick's List: Nature and Landscape Photography Gear

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My "In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams Photo Caravan" is coming up next month. I can't wait to return to some of the most picturesque locations in the country: Yosemite, Mono Lake, Bodie State Historical Park, and Alabama Hills. The workshop is full, but I have other workshops planned for this year.

© Rick Sammon
For those of you who are coming on the workshop, and for all landscape photographers, I put together a list of the accessories that I recommend - and why I make the recommendation. Here goes.

14mm lens - for extremely wide views with everything in the scene in focus

17- 40mm lens - to capture wide views

70-200mm lens - for isolating subjects in a sweeping landscape

Sturdy tripod - to steady your camera for HDR and low-light photography

Polarizing filter - to darken a blue sky

Variable neutral density filter - please make sure you have the right filter diameter!

Lens cleaning cloth - to remove dust from the front element of your lens

Promote Control - for time lapse and HDR shooting

Nik's HDR Efex Pro or Photomatix Pro. Info on my Plug-ins page

Backpack-style bag - for trekking up and down hills

Knee-high rubber boots - for walking in the lake. You'll also need these on my Oregon Coast Photo Caravan, which is also full

Wide-brim hat - to shade your face from the sun

Powerful flashlight - to paint landscapes with light

Head-mounted flashlight - so you can see what you are doing in the dark - before sunrise

© Rick Sammon
Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. My 24/7 Photo Buffet, iHDR and Life Lessons app are loaded with outdoor photography tips. Info on my app page.

3 comments:

Tim said...

Any reason that you would not choose the 16-35 over the 17-40mm lens?

Rick Sammon said...

Cost.. and I shoot most of my pictures outdoors.

Kelly said...

Hey Rick, what type of photo editing software to you suggest to get the best results in nature / scenic photography?