Tuesday, March 25, 2014
It’s More Than The Camera
See what enables and inspires the best landscape photographers to stay out shooting and create their powerful photos
L-plate: Adding an L-plate to my DSLR bodies was a game-changer—not only does it make vertical compositions more stable, they're closer to eye level and just plain easier. In my workshops, I often observe photographers without an L-plate resist vertically oriented shots, either consciously or unconsciously, simply because it's a hassle to crank their ballhead sideways, and when they do, they need to stoop more. And some heads aren't strong enough to hold a heavy, vertically oriented camera-lens combo. But since switching to the L-plate, my decision between a horizontal or vertical composition is based entirely on the composition that works best.
GPS: My Garmin dash-top GPS is an essential travel mate. I visit many photo locations, far from home, that I'm not able to return to for a year or longer. So on each trip I save every potential photo spot in my dash-top GPS. For example, I get to Hawaii just once each year. Over the years, I've found so many spots to photograph—not only would it be easy to forget some, on each visit I would waste valuable time reacquainting myself. But with a GPS that travels with me, I don't have to refamiliarize myself with anything—I just pop it on my dash before driving away from the airport and instantly navigate to my locations like a native.
JAMES KAY (www.jameskay.com)
24-105mm Lens: When I'm out in the field, I always travel fast and light. Whenever I need to pare down my gear to the basic essentials in order to save weight or bulk, this is the one lens I take with me; in fact, my Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L USM was the only lens I brought with me on a recent six-week trip to New Zealand. This focal range covers 90% of what I usually use in the field.
JON CORNFORTH (www.cornforthimages.com)
Filters: I use Singh-Ray filters, and I always have them with me. From my beloved LB Warming Polarizer to my arsenal of graduated neutral-density filters in various strengths, I'm never caught without my filters when I'm shooting landscape images. Sure, there are lots of techniques to make an image these days, but nothing beats the satisfaction of getting it right in the camera.
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