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Camera Equipment

 

Camera:

A digital SLR is a minimum requirement. A medium format manual film cameras are very welcome. You can bring larger format camera but in my experience too much wind in Iceland makes it difficult to use them. You’ll need a very heavy tripod to hold it steady. A lighter carbon-fiber tripod is usually a better choice. Even in short hikes every extra pound takes energy away from the real issue, the making of top class photographs. - A cable release is essential.

Lenses:

A good quality medium range zoom lens is sufficient. A range of prime lenses is even better. As a general rule there are no “good deals” in photography. You get what you pay for. The more you spend on quality lenses the sharper pictures you get.  Too many heavy lenses will only exhaust your energy and takes the attention off the real issue. Making great pictures.

Tripod:

A sturdy tripod is essential. A carbon-fiber tripod with a ball head and quick-release plate is a good choice in terms of weight and flexibility.

Laptop:

Laptops are essential for storing digital files and for post production. We go through critique sessions with our laptops so they are essential. For film shooters if you shoot polaroids then you can get as much out of the sessions as digital shooters. Just as long as we have some reference to look at.

Memory:

16Gb of Flash memory should be concidered a minimum for 35mm DSLR. 32/64Gb is good. You should have a portable hard drive with at least 100Gb of free memory for winter tours, 200Gb for longer tours. 

Batteries and Chargers:

Spare batteries are recommended. If your batteries are more than a couple of years old then you should concider buying fresh batteries as they deteriorate in time. We have our trucks close by and can recharge daily. However you don’t want to spend a fortune on a trip to Iceland and then not being able to shoot!  Two-prong European electrical outlets are standard in Iceland. Type C/F. 

A camera bag:

I have both a backpack type and regular shoulder camera bags. Either one works fine. For the more demanding highland adventure photography workshops I recommend a medium backpack for extra clothes and smaller camera-bag with rain cover for the equipment. Then you can place extra lenses and less used stuff in the backpack.

 

Checklist:

  • Bring a camera,
  • Lenses
  • Flash
  • Lightweight tripod
  • Filters
  • Lens hoods
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Battery charger
  • Spare batteries
  • Storage device or portable hard drives
  • Card reader
  • All cables
  • Power converters
  • Memory cards and adapters
  • A rain cover for your backpack and camera
  • Cable release
  • Your camera manual.

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