Essential Gear For Landscape Photography
July 13, 2012
So, now you’re ready to get out and start shooting landscapes, here are some handy accessories to consider when heading out for a day’s landscape photography…
Use technology to get you to your location and back again quickly and easily. These Garmin devices not only offer full OS mapping, but also sunrise and sunset times.
An ND grad filter (graduated Neutral Density filter) can completely transform your landscape shots.
It gives you a more even tonal range to preserve both foreground and sky detail.
A full camera kit can get heavy, so the easiest way to transport it is on your back.
A camera backpack allows you to distribute the weight effectively across your shoulders.
For slow exposures you’ll need to keep your camera completely still, and even pressing the shutter could reduce sharpness. A remote release allows you to keep your hands clear of the camera.
Though walking boots are usually the preferred choice for mountainous shots.
However, a good pair of Wellington boots, such as these Hunter wellies, will keep your feet warm and dry all day long, wherever you end up shooting and whatever the weather.
A sturdy tripod is as essential as the camera itself for good landscape photography.
This is a great entry-level model that’s light and sturdy enough for general use.
Rainfall or coastal locations can cause water to collect on your camera. A microfibre towel quickly absorbs the water and is even soft enough for use on lenses.
Other Essential Kit
Always carry a map of the local area (and compass) with you, even if just as a back up, should you get lost.
Wonky horizons can ruin even the best of pictures, so a spirit level (that can be hotshoe-mounted, or built into the camera or tripod) can easily save the day.