Below is a list of suggested equipment and supplies for your
New Mexico Landscape and Scenic 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
3. Wide angle and zoom lenses
4. A sufficient supply of memory cards
5. A sufficient supply of batteries and/or chargers
6. A GOOD tripod. I can recommend some for under $200
7. A bubble level for your camera such as this one, or anything similar.
8. A good (does not have to be expensive) easy to maneuver tripod head if you only have a cheap 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.
9. 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.
10. A circular polarizer filter to fit the lens or lenses you may use most for your scenic landscape captures.
11. A hand held incident and/or spot meter. This may be your most valuable tool if you can afford one. I recommend this Sekonic L758 or this Sekonic L478D with this spot attachment that’s made for the L478.
12. This X-Rite Color Checker Passport for amazingly true colors. You will WANT to make the $99 investment.
13. Simple travel first aid kit
14. Any and all medications and toiletries you may need
15. Insect repellent
16. Note pad for trainings
17. Clothing and appropriate shoes for a day of walking. Be prepared for muddy or even wet conditions. The mornings are chilly. You WILL need gloves. I recommend this brand of gloves for photography because the thumb and index finger can be exposed to shoot.
18. A computer to download your images into and a flash drive to move some onto if you want to be part of the photo critique and sharing.
19. A device to backup your images onto.
20. A Hoodman LCD Loupe to view your images out in the field. GET THIS!!
21. A Neutral Density Filter in YOUR lens filter size to help darken the scene to capture the milky mist of a flowing waterfall.
22. Knee Pads