We all know that there are times that a photo opportunity just arrives, and those are the times that you forgot your camera… But other times you need to plan days out with a specific image in mind. This can take a bit of thought.
There are so many hints and tips around on the internet, that it is easy to get bogged down with all the things someone has recommended you pack and take with you on your days out.
But, think sensibly, do you really need snacks, a tripod, all your camera kit? Think carefully about where you’re going. Ask the comfort questions. Are there toilets? Is there a cafe for a much needed hot drink?
Then consider the image you’re looking for. What is the terrain like? Do you need that tripod for stability, or could you work hand held? I often go out with just the camera, with a lens suitable for the shot I want, and nothing else. I do make sure my clothing is comfy and won’t catch the wind too much – that does have quite an impact on camera shakes and can make things difficult.
The whole camera bag, with all the lenses, and the tripod, can be heavy and awkward to carry round. But if you can cope with the weight, then you will have all the kit available if you want to switch lenses, or realise that tripod might have been a good idea after all.
What should you take?
- You camera, obviously. With a sturdy bag.
Maybe not that one. Those are the essential basics. Beyond those, everything else is pretty much optional, but you might want to consider the following:
- Spare battery
- Extra lens(es) if you have them
- Spare memory card – they can fail, or get full.
- Cleaning kit – the last thing you want is for your trip to be ruined because of a dirty mark on your lens.
- Snacks and drinks – if you’re going somewhere these won’t be available (or you’d rather not buy them!)
There are a few things you will need to check before you go.
- Is your battery charged?
- Are your lenses clean, and working properly?
- Does your memory card have plenty of space?
- Do you have a spare memory card formatted and ready?
- Do you have spare batteries? Did you charge them?
In the end though, you can take pictures anywhere, with any camera and kit you have available, wearing any clothing you like. Just consider what you might need to get the best picture you can.