What to bring

Landscape Photography Workshop

What happens on a workshop?
After we meet up we will drive to a nearby location for a chat about your photography and to get acquainted. We will talk about the day ahead and follow that with a photographic briefing which will include:

Camera settings
Exposure tips for landscapes
Filtration and compositional techniques

We then travel to a number of shooting locations during the workshop. On 1-2-1, full day groups and residential workshops, we hope to finish the day with a sunset shoot. If we are lucky enough to get an afterglow we could be shooting after sunset time. Tony will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions and give photography guidance.

What to bring?
I have detailed a list of suggested items to bring along. Please do not worry if you don’t have everything on the list as I do have some items like filter holders and filters you can borrow, should it be necessary.

Suggested items to bring along:

Camera & fully charged battery
Appropriate wet weather clothing
Spare battery/ lens cleaning cloth
Walking shoes/boots/hat/gloves
Lenses (including your widest angle)
Wellington boots

A packed lunch (unless stated otherwise)
Filters (if applicable)
Flask/hot/cold drinks
Camera bag or rucksack
Mobile phone & small torch
Remote cable release
Bin liner or small plastic kneeling mat.
Your camera manual (for reference)
A creative desire!

Gear choice and tips for the day
On 1-2-1 and small group workshops of up to 3 participants we will always aim to travel together in one vehicle. With this in mind please could you give careful consideration as to what gear you bring and how you pack it. This is especially important on group workshops as space in the vehicle is at a premium.

Camera bags and camera rucksacks are a good way to transport and protect expensive equipment on field-based workshops. They offer good protection whilst in the vehicle and they are good for carrying your gear when walking to shoot locations.

Camera battery
In order for you to get the most from the day it is essential that you come with a fully charged camera battery and if possible a spare battery too. When out in the field shooting all day it is not unusual for the battery to drain quickly when in constant use. There is no facility to charge batteries during the day.

A kit lens, typically 18-55mm, is more than adequate to make landscape images. If you have a medium telephoto of up to 200 or 300mm or a wider-angle lens like a 10-20mm then I would recommend bringing them too. Please note there is no minimum or maximum requirement but a focal length of 24mm to 200mm would be ideal.

A sturdy tripod can be a vital component in landscape photography. If you don’t own a tripod, I do have one you can use on the day. Please be sure to tell me in advance of the workshop though so that I can pack an extra one. Tripod bags are also good protection for your tripod in the boot of the vehicle.

No matter what the season, this is England, so in the event of a downpour it may be prudent to bring a rain sleeve for your camera. Two rain sleeves can be purchased for about £5 at good photography outlets like Park Cameras or WEX Photographic. You can of course just bring a plastic bag!

Remote Release
If you don’t own a remote release I thoroughly recommend you purchase one. A cable operated remote release is the preferred option as it’s generally more reliable and always has the option to lock down the shutter. This can be useful when doing long exposures later in the day. Some wireless remotes don’t offer that facility!

There is no requirement for you to own or bring filters on a workshop. There is no expectation for you to purchase any filters before the day – in fact if your intention is to buy filters I recommend holding off buying them until after the workshop so that you can make a more considered purchase. I have a small number of graduated filters and ND filters I can lend out if required. For more information on filters please ask me for a filter advice sheet.

Camera Manual
Sometimes camera menu systems can change between models and catch even the most experienced user out. Bringing your camera’s book or manual can be useful for reference.

Clothing & Footwear
Please bring appropriate wet weather clothing for the season. Even in the warmer seasons it can get quite cold on the coast when the sun goes down. In the winter months the terrain can also be very damp and muddy so good footwear is essential.

Packed Lunch & Drinks
Unless stated otherwise it is recommended that you bring your own packed lunch and necessary hot and cold drinks. Just after we meet we often stop for a cup of tea or coffee but thereafter we rely on carrying our own drinks.

I look forward to meeting you on the day. If you are unsure about anything please do not hesitate to contact me.