Be sure to check the information document we send you before each workshop for updates to these lists, and any additional requirements specific to your workshop.

REQUIRED: a must for every workshop

√ STURDY TRIPOD
Consult with us if you don't have one you're thrilled with, and we can recommend the right one for your needs. Be sure you also have adjustment tools, if needed.

√ BALLHEAD AND CAMERA / LENS PLATES
For ballheads, we love the models from Really Right Stuff, as well as the Arca-Swiss p0 Monoball. You’ll need ballhead plates for all of your various cameras and telephoto lenses (with collars), as well as the tools needed to install and remove them. We're huge fans of Really Right Stuff L-brackets and plates.

√ 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.

√ BATTERIES
Bring plenty of batteries for your cameras. Chargers as well. If your trip involves locations with limited electric power, you will want to bring a power bank to recharge your batteries.

√ LENSES
For most landscape and wildlife workshops, a wide angle zoom (16-35, 17-35, 17-40), a general purpose zoom (like 24-70 or 24-105), and a medium telephoto zoom (like 70-200) are just perfect. For some wildlife workshops, you'll want something longer—at least 300mm, and likely 400mm or 500mm. Canon, Sony, and Fuji all make 100-400mm lenses that are great for wildlife. It’s quite fine to use the Sigma or Tamron 150-600 lenes as well. Don't own any of this glass?  No worries—Lens Rentals to the rescue! They make renting easy, and with the code "MUENCH15" at checkout, you'll save 15% on every rental.

√ MEMORY CARDS
You’ll want to have plenty of these—ideally enough that you won’t have to format any while on the workshop. Don’t forget a card reader!

√ LAPTOP
We use and exclusively teach Lightroom Classic CC for post-processing, though you may also use other software programs. Once downloaded and installed, be sure you connect (via internet) with Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop. This will ensure you'll be able to use them offline on your trip.

√ PLUG ADAPTERS
If you are traveling internationally, you will likely need adapters for your plugs.

√ LENS CLEANING CLOTH
We sent you one, so remember to bring it! We also love Zeiss Cleaning Wipes.

√ CAMERA RAIN COVER
Buy an inexpensive plastic one from Amazon, or a more permanent one from ThinkTank.

√ BACKPACK
You’ll definitely want a comfortable camera backpack for carrying all of your gear. We love the bags from MindShift.

√ CAMERA MANUAL
Bring the manual for your camera! This is very important. TIP: get the PDF and store it on your smartphone.

√ BOOTS/SHOES
Sturdy, broken-in hiking boots or hiking shoes appropriate for the workshop. This is not the time for a brand new pair.

√ WATER BOTTLE
It is important that we all reduce our use of plastics.

RECOMMENDED: WE ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH THESE

√ EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE OR STORAGE DEVICE
Optional—but helps especially on longer trips. Your laptop typically doesn’t have enough space to store all of your files.

√ POWER STRIP
Hotel rooms don’t always have enough outlets, so bring a travel power strip. A travel extension cord can be handy, too.

√ FILTERS
We don't use a lot of filters, but a circular polarizer (for cutting reflections) and a few ND filters (for long exposures) are always in our kit. For ND filters, we bring a 3- or 6-stop, and a 10-stop. We love Breakthrough filters! We also usually have a supply of loaner filters available.

√ WIRED REMOTE TRIGGER
This is typically needed when using Bulb mode. We usually carry an intervalometer which does the remote trigger job and is great for time-lapse.

√ SUNSCREEN, BUG REPELLENT, MOSQUITO HEAD NET
Because you never know.

√ WIDE BRIM HAT
To ward off the sun.

√ HEADLAMP
For night photography. It must have both red and white lights (preferably on separate switches), and be dimmable. We recommend one like this.

√ RAIN JACKET, BEANIE, GLOVES
We don’t travel anywhere without at least a light rain jacket, a beanie, and gloves for cold weather (especially cold nights!). The beanie we sent you works great. For all kinds of photography gloves, we are fans of Valleret!

√ BACKUP ID
For international trips, in case you lose your passport or driver’s license. A photo of your passport is a must, plus another form of ID like a birth certificate or driver's license. You may also want to bring some printed passport photos. 

√ WATERPROOF BOOTS OR OVERSHOES
Sometimes you want to stand in a stream.

√ SWIM SUIT
Hot tubs, swimming pools, streams, and lakes!

OPTIONAL: Nice to have, but your choice

√ SPECIALTY LENSES AND CAMERAS
Macro, tilt-shift, extreme wide angle lenses. Wide fast prime for night (star) photography. Go Pros or similar action cameras.

√ POCKET KNIFE / LEATHERMAN / RRS MULTI-TOOL
Be sure you don’t carry it on the plane!

√ SENSOR CLEANING SUPPLIES
Products by Visible Dust. Aeroclipse Fluid. Bulb blower (we sent you one).

√ KNEE PADS
So you can comfortably get down low.

TREKKING POLES
If you need stability.

√ TRAVEL COFFEE/TEA MUG
If having your favorite drink nearby is important to you, carry one of these. We also love Starbucks Via!

Be sure to check the information document we send you before each workshop for updates to these lists, and any additional requirements specific to your workshop.

We know this can be a lot to deal with. If you've got questions, we're here for you anytime, just holler.

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