The Equipment I use
One question I regularly get asked when I am selling my photos at fairs is “what equipment do I use”. Photography is a lot more than just physical equipment it is also about how you equip yourself for taking photos. So not just the photography kit, it's also the gear you wear, how you remain safe and the skills you have learnt. In this section, I will aim to cover how I equip myself for nature and landscape photography. [Some of the links are affiliate links where I will earn a small commission from every sale. For transparency, these will have a ‘#’ symbol next to them. The commission has no impact on the recommendations I make here.]
Camera and lenses
The vast majority of my photos have been taken with my trusty Nikon D7200. Released in 2015, it demonstrates you don’t need to have the latest / best camera to get good photos. Most of my camera kit is second-hand. In the UK I recommend MPB for all your second-hand camera equipment needs.
If you are new to photography, all the big-name camera manufactures (Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony) produce good quality cameras. I would recommend either renting the cameras you are interested in or going to your local camera store to try out each manufacturers camera to see which one feels the most natural to use. You want a camera which you hardly notice you are using so that you can focus fully on the images you want to capture.
Camera filters and accessories
After trying various filters over the years, I have settled on NiSi filters as my preferred ones. The filters I use are the True Colour circular polarising filters and the 100mm neutral density filters. Save money by only buying one size of circular filter and then use step-up rings to make them fit your various lenses. If you want to use a tripod, my preferred method of mounting is an Arca-Swiss compatible L-Bracket and tripod head.
- NiSi 100mm V7 Filter Kit with True Colour Polariser and 67mm 72mm, 77mm adapter rings.#
- NiSi ND Filters Long Exposure Kit which includes ND8, ND64, ND1000 filters.#
- Peak Design SLL-BK-3 Quick Release Camera Strap.#
It's important you stay safe when out with your camera. With landscape photography in particular you may find you need to go quite remote to get the best shots. It is important you can look after yourself and request help if the worst happens. Be prepared, always know the weather forecast, tide times, backup routes etc.
- Garmin inReach Mini 2. Personal Locator and Satellite Communicator. #
- Anker Power Bank 5200mAH - Backup power for your inReach and mobile phone.#
- Lifesystems Heatshield Emergency Thermal Bag For Hiking, Mountaineering And Outdoor Survival.#
- Lifesystems Mountain Leader First Aid Kit.#
- Lifesystems Safety And Emergency Whistle With Lanyard for Outdoors, Mountaineering.#
That’s the tools of photography sorted. Equally important (arguably more important) is learning good photography skills. These are the books I used to build my photography skills.
- Stunning Digital Photography by Tony & Chelsea Northrup. #
- The Art of Landscape Photography by Mark Bauer & Ross Hoddington. #
- Mastering Composition: The Definitive Guide for Photographers by Richard Garvey-Williams. #
- Photographing Trees by Edward Parker. #
- The series of books "From Snapshots to Great Shots". #
All that's left now is to practise, practise, practise, practise.
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