Gear To Bring
Photo equipment, gear, and essential belongings, participants should bring. Preparation is the key to any successful photographic adventure so I have put together the following list of items to bring with you when attending one of our Photo Tours. Understanding our photo tours are scheduled at various times of the year and at various locations, the following list should be considered your basic essentials:
Your favorite primary camera and owner's manual for it. It is advisable to bring a backup camera if you have one. Extra batteries and a dedicated battery charger, extra memory cards or whatever storage media you choose. It is recommended that you also bring your laptop or other means to view your images and download your images off your memory cards.
On Grand Teton and Yellowstone trips it is helpful to have one camera body with a long lens on it, and a second with a landscape lens. Wildlife situations happen quickly , it is good to be ready. Many guests will rent gear they don't have or don't want to fly with at lensrentals.com.
At sun-up and sundown I use a filter system kit which enables a split field neutral density filter. I like them many don’t, they can be tedious,but can save your photo be evening out your dynamic range of light. There usually is a three stop difference between the sky and the landscape. I use Lee Fliter Systems.
My bag includes a 16-35mm wide-angle zoom, a 24-105mm medium telephoto, a 70-300mm and a 500mm wildlife lens. I recommend the wide and medium telephotos for landscapes and a 100-300mm zoom for wildlife. For wildlife trips bring the lingest telephoto you can get your hands on. Circular polarizer are wonderful things, camera bag/backpack (with a plastic bag or waterproof cover) will be needed, I prefer backpack camera bags. A sturdy tripod is essential because of the low light photography of sunset and sunrise and the corresponding high f-stop used for increased depth of field. Cleaning and repair equipment; Lens cleaner, lens cleaning cloth, blower ball for dust Q-Tips, and jeweler's screwdrivers can come in handy.
Bring your camera manual and other instructional books for your camera equipment, please read your manual and be familiar with how your camera works prior to attending our photo tour. I can teach you process but I can’t know the intricacies of every camera on the market. Also bring your manual with you in a small plastic bag to review in the field if needed.
I have several articles on photogrpahy basics on my blog in the photography section, your trip will be more productive if you understand these things before your come.
links for "how to" articles
If you learn this while shooting around home you will go home from your tour with many more keeper shots.
Come prepared for all kinds of weather (rain, cold, and heat). Considering we begin our morning shoot long before sunrise you should be prepared for cold mornings. It is always a good idea to be prepared for rain and on some of our tours – snow.