There are no absolute equipment requirements for joining one of our workshops. In the same way that we welcome participants of any age and experience level, we also accept any camera gear you may have, even if considered less than ideal for landscape photography. Our workshops are a learning experience, and we recognize that different people are at varying stages of that learning process. But for those who are looking to benefit most from a workshop, we offer the following basic gear recommendations.
✓ DSLR or mirrorless camera
✓ Lenses to cover 24-200mm
✓ Sturdy tripod and head
✓ Circular polarizing filter
✓ Cable or wireless release
✓ Waterproof camera bag
In order to maximize the workshop experience, we recommend that you bring either a traditional Digital SLR or a modern mirrorless camera (rather than a point-and-shoot camera). And if you wish to participate in our night photography outings (weather permitting), your camera should also be capable of shooting in manual mode. If you own a backup camera, bring it even if it’s only a compact camera. In the unlikely event that your main camera exhibits some unresolvable problem during the workshop, you would at least have something to use. Also, be sure to bring the user manual for your camera(s) just in case you need to look up a feature or encounter an unforeseen problem.
We recommend that you bring one or more lenses that collectively cover an approximate range of 24-200mm. And for night photography, we suggest you bring the widest and fastest lens you own, ideally in the range of 14-16mm. A faster and wider lens will allow you to capture more of the sky using shorter exposures (with possibly less digital noise).
A sturdy tripod with a solid head (preferably a ballhead) are strongly recommended, especially for the long exposures needed under low light conditions and in the dark of night. A sturdy tripod is also your best insurance against camera shake under windy conditions.
We suggest that you carry your gear in a camera bag or backpack that’s either waterproof or equipped with a retractable rain protector. This is New England, so it’s quite likely that we will encounter some damp weather over the course of the workshop.
CIRCULAR POLARIZING FILTER:
The most important (and possibly the only) filter that we strongly recommend for our workshops is the Circular Polarizing Filter (CPL). This invaluable accessory can reduce glare, bring out sky and cloud details, and further saturate colors.
NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTERS:
An optional category of filters is the Neutral Density filter. These are available in the form of Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters and Neutral Density (ND) filters. The GND is often used to bring down the exposure of a bright sky, whereas, the ND typically serves to stretch out exposure time, for example, to smooth out ripples on the surface of water, or to add a soft dreamy look to moving water or clouds.
A cable release or wireless remote is an important accessory that can preserve sharpness in your photos. Using one of these devices can prevent camera shake while tripping the shutter. The self-timer feature on your camera is an alternative, but it may result in the loss of precious seconds when shooting fast-changing scenes.
We recommend that you bring one or more spare camera batteries, depending on the battery efficiency of your particular camera. We’re often out shooting for an entire day, so backup batteries are essential to prevent interrupting your photography.
SPARE MEMORY CARDS:
You should always bring one or more spare memory cards for your camera. We advise you to carry sufficient memory cards to hold a full day of photos at the very minimum. Also, you should be prepared for the dreaded “failed memory card” scenario that still occurs from time to time in spite of technology.
When shooting in the fog, light rain, or in close proximity to waterfalls or the ocean, your lens may accumulate spray, so we suggest that you carry lens wipes to dry your lens. Microfiber cleaning cloths are usually the best solution to the wet lens problem, along with a lens cleaning solution for removing dirt or water streaks.