When I’m going on a photography hike/hunt, I like to prepare and pack carefully. There’s nothing worse than being out in the field and realizing, too late, that you’ve forgotten that extra camera battery, or just as bad, that extra flash card wallet, back on your desk at home.
So I like to lay everything out the night before, since I usually start very, very early. (That’s when some of the best light is, right?)
For a day-long trip that will involve some hiking out away from the car, here’s what I usually pack:
- One camera body with two batteries
- Extra CF cards
- 16-35 f2.8 Canon zoom
- 50mm f2.5 Canon macro
- 70-200mm f2.8 Canon zoom
- Water bottle (or two)
- Lunch & snack
- Topo map and compass (if woods walking in new area)
- Poncho, rain covers (Fotosharp) if any chance of rain
- Sunscreen, bug repellant
- Small first aid kit
If I hope to maybe shoot wildlife, I’ll add a 300mm f4 telephoto and a 1.4x teleconverter.
This is my basic setup. I find this is flexible enough to handle most things I’ll encounter. I wear good socks and hiking boots for a trip like this and add or subtract the rain gear depending upon conditions. If going to an isolated area, you also want to leave detailed information about your trip with at least one dependable friend, in case you run into trouble. This is the kind of small detail that could save your life, depending upon the circumstances.
My goal here is to maximize my chances of success with the photography. This setup just makes it more likely that I will succeed.
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Related articles on the web:
5 Hiking Tips for Photographers at B&H Insights
Action and Adventure Photography Tips at National Geographic
10 Tips for a Great Photowalk at Digital Photography School
Creative Tips for Your Next Photowalk at Nuwomb