Our recommended equipment list

We have written in more detail about your equipment needs, but have provided a summary here for your reference.

You do not need it all but the basics are more likely to enhance your own enjoyment and progression.

Camera

An essential for the course, whatever you have will be fine, but we would prefer that you now how to use its functions, bring your handbook if you are in any doubt and have a look at our articles, which should help you understand. We are always happy to help and can usually manage to work out how most cameras work.

Lenses

My personal choice is a 17-40mm or similar depending on your camera brand. Lenses ranging between 70-200mm will cover most circumstances, so a 24-105mm or 24-70mm, again similar to this numerically depending on your cameras make, will cover most of our work, and of course a macro lens if you enjoy close up photography..

Filters

We mostly use Lee graduated neutral density, which help balance the dynamic range of DSLR sensors and can be used to reduce  and compensate the amount of exposure on overly bright days and at sunset/sunrises etc. A selection is ideal, but the 0.3 – 0.9 range are the more essential of the options available.  We do not use the landscape filter sets or similar, they do provide a function but are not for us. A polarising filter is another viable option, we use one regularly so it could be placed on your more desirable kit list if you do not already have one.

Memory cards

Be sure and bring a few/several suitable memory cards, for your system, more smaller rather than larger cards would be our recommendation. .

Card reader

A card reader is an essential, so you can transfer your images to your choice of media storage device or laptop/Mac.

Laptop/Mac

A laptop or Mac will allow you to review the images you have captured each day and allow you to save them freeing up your cards for the next session.

Camera bag

We use Lowepro as they distribute the weight well on your back. The one we have has a waterproof cover, which works extremely well in even the worst of weather conditions.

Tripod

A tripod is an essential piece of equipment for all landscape photographers, there are many makes and types available the lighter the better for carrying over a distance.

Cable release

This would be on our essential list of equipment and will allow the use of longer exposure times.

Camera batteries & charger

We need extra batteries especially in very cold weather when the battery charge span can be reduced. We recommend you carry your spare batteries within your inner clothing layers the extra warmth will help the battery charge retention.

Filter/ lens cloth

We carry Lee filter cleaning clothes, which are excellent for cleaning both filters and lenses should the need arise, which it will. We also carry Lee filter fluid, which is excellent for removing raindrops and salt-water spray near the coast.

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Telephone numbers: 02890817194 & 07721907744

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