Charming Charleston Equipment Suggestions

Below is a list of suggested equipment and supplies for
The Charming Charleston Workshop

The items in red are a MUST
The items in green are not essential but suggested for a better experience
The items in black are optional and not required
Buy from whatever vendor you are comfortable with.

1. A Digital SLR or Point and Shoot Camera.
I highly recommend a Digital SLR if you can afford one. I would be happy to help you make a wise, inexpensive purchase, but a Point and Shoot camera will still capture awesome images, you just won’t have as many accessories or options available to you as you would with a DSLR

2. An original or downloaded copy of your camera’s owner manual (if I need to help you)

3. Wide angle and zoom lenses

4. A sufficient supply of memory cards

5. A sufficient supply of batteries and chargers

6. A STURDY tripod. This is very important. Get a tripod that is sturdy and not flimsy

7. A good (does not have to be expensive) easy to maneuver tripod head. Cheap tripods come with flimsy tripod heads. Do your homework and make sure you get one that’s stable and easy to maneuver for your camera and tripod. Ball-type heads are recommended and adjust much faster and easier for you than traditions multi-handle heads. Also make sure it will attach to your current tripod by asking the sales rep or contacting me for advice.

8. A remote shutter release for long exposures and to avoid camera shake. I use this inexpensive one for my Nikon and it’s wireless. You may be able to use one that’s wireless, or you may need to get one that’s wired and plugs into your camera. Get one that works with your camera, if your camera will in fact work with one. Get extra batteries for it too.

9. A Neutral Density Filter in YOUR filter size to help darken the scene to capture the milky mist of a flowing water.

10. A circular polarizing filter that fits your len(es).

11. A hand held incident and/or spot meter. This may be your most valuable tool if you can afford one. I can help you choose the right one.

12. A gray target for optimal white balance. I will have some available.

13. Any and all medications and toiletries you may need

14. Note pad for trainings

15. Clothing and appropriate shoes for two days of walking. Be prepared for warm or hot conditions.

16. A device to backup your images onto.

17. A Hoodman LCD Loupe to view your images out in the field. I recommend this one

18. This X-Rite Color Checker Passport for amazingly true colors. You will WANT to make the $89 investment.