Recommended Camera Equipment and Accessories
⦿ STURDY TRIPOD
This is a must! Consult with us if you don't have one you're thrilled with, we can recommend the right one for your needs and save you time and money.
⦿ BALLHEAD AND CAMERA / LENS PLATES
We're huge fans of Really Right Stuff for all of this gear. The L-brackets and plates help make your photography experience much more efficient, so don’t forget to get all the plates for your various cameras and long telephoto lenses with collars.
⦿ CAMERA STRAP(S)
You can use what comes with your camera or try something from BlackRapid or PeakDesign.
⦿ TWO CAMERA BODIES
Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Hasselblad, Fuji or another—your choice. Why two? You'll have a backup in case of accidental damage or an electronic failure.
For most of our workshops, a good wide angle zoom (16-35, 17-35, 17-40), a good general purpose zoom (like 24-70 or 24-105mm), and a telephoto zoom (like 70-200) are just perfect. For night photography, a fast wide-angle prime (f2.8 or faster) is needed. When shooting wildlife, you'll likely want something longer, at least 300mm and likely 400mm or 500mm. Folks love to shoot with specialty lenses, and we can help you there, too - bring along your macro lens, your tilt-shift too! Don't own all this glass? No worries—lensrentals.com to the rescue! They make renting easy and with the code "MUENCH15" at checkout, you'll save 15% on every rental.
⦿ MEMORY CARDS
Plenty to get you through the workshop - ideally you want enough cards so that you don't have to format any cards while on the workshop.
⦿ EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE OR STORAGE DEVICE
Optional - but helps especially on longer trips.
With Lightroom to download to and process images while on the workshop. Be sure you connect (via internet) with Lightroom and Photoshop so that you'll be able to use it offline on your trip.
⦿ REMOTE TRIGGER
For your camera's shutter. We usually carry an intervalometer which does the remote trigger job and is great for time-lapse.
Bring plenty of batteries for your cameras. Chargers as well. For international trips, don't forget power converters or adapters. Don't forget to carry a spare internal battery for your DSLR. Check your user manual for size and type.
We don't use a lot of filters, but a Circular Polarizer and a few ND Filters are our favorites. Our choice of ND filters is a 3–6 and 10 stop. We love Breakthrough filters!
⦿ LENS CLEANING CLOTH
⦿ HEADLAMP, it must have both red and white lights, and be dimmable. For night photography.
Comfortable Camera Backpack for carrying all your gear. We love the bags from MindShift!
⦿ CAMERA MANUAL
The manual for your camera - very important. TIP: get the PDF and store it on your smartphone.
We strongly recommend Lenstag, a free service where you can register your cameras and lenses, in case of theft or loss.
⦿ Hat to ward off the sun
⦿ Sturdy, broken-in waterpoof hiking boots or hiking shoes
⦿ Warm hat
⦿ Waterproof boots for winter or wet conditions
⦿ Shooting gloves
⦿ Bathing Suit (hot tubs, swimming pools, lakes, pop up often!)
⦿ Water bottle
⦿ Pocket knife
⦿ Bug spray
⦿ Knee pads (so you can get down low!)
⦿ For international trips, in case you lose your passport:
Photo of your passport, plus other ID like birth certificate
and driver's license. Plus spare printed passport photos.
Based on temperatures during the workshop, be prepared for all day and night by having lots of layers. We will advise before the workshop on expected weather, temps and any suggested specialty clothing.
You do not have to have ALL of this equipment, it's a general list of what we recommend. If you've got questions, we're here for you anytime, just holler.