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The Gear List

May 16, 2018

Ah yes, the gear list. Everyone has one, and people love to read them. It's kind of fun to see what other photographers carry in their bags, isn't it? 

 

This is the gear I use, as of July 2018. Now with links!

 

 

 

 

 The classic "gear laid out on a hotel floor" shot (flash not included on list as I don't typically travel with it)

Also, yes, I do realize I haven't updated this photo in a long time. Maybe one day I will, but probably not just so you know.

 

 

 

Landscape Photography Gear 

 

 

Nikon D750 - Such an amazing camera. Great image quality and dynamic range, and it's built like (and weighs as much as) a tank. 

 

Nikon 16-35mm f4G - My widest lens. Although it's slightly soft around the edges, this lens is still amazing. Perfect for capturing the entire scene. 

 

Nikon 50mm f1.8 - The fastest lens I have currently. I use this one for the in between focal lengths or if I need something faster for portraits. Hopefully this will eventually be replaced with a 24-70. Still a great lens and weighs almost nothing. 

 

Nikon 70-200 f2.8G VR II -  I'm always surprised when people tell me they shoot landscapes but don't carry a 70-200. Without it you really limit yourself in terms of composition. With a zoom lens, you can really get in tight and show off cool details in the landscape. This might be my most used lens overall. The f2.8 and VR aren't necessary if you're only going to be shooting on a tripod, but I also like to use this lens for portrait work.

 

Manfrotto Be Free Advanced Tripod - Such a great tripod, and not too expensive. Packs down incredibly small. The ball head is okay, but I've since upgraded.

 

Manfrotto Xpro Ball Head - My upgraded ball head. Fits perfectly on my Be Free legs and works amazing. I use the Arca Swiss version. 

 

RRS L-Bracket - If you shoot landscapes and you've never used an L-bracket, you're missing out. Panos are so much easier with one of these bad boys, and it looks cool as hell to boot. And yes, it is compatible with Manfrottos version of the Arca Swiss plate. 

 

Lee Filters - I use the 100mm Lee filter system. These filters are great and can take a beating. I tend to not be very careful with stuff, so these have been battle tested. I use their Big stopper (10 stop) and Little stopper (6 stop) ND filters as well as their circular polarizer. I also have a 2 stop and 4 stop medium grad filter, as well as a 3 stop hard grad filter.

 

Mavic Pro Drone - Ah yes, the Mavic Pro. A travel photographers best friend. This thing is great because it packs down really small and takes decent photos. 

 

Polarpro Drone Filters - I use ND/PL filers to add a more cinematic look and also to reduce glare. These are pretty important if you use a drone, so go pick up a pack. I've been considering upgrading mine to Polarpro's 6 pack of cinematic filters, but this kit I linked works great. 

 

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 - The DJI Osmo is a great little tool to have. Since I don't do a lot of video work, I tend to use my phone. This helps up the quality of those videos quite a bit. Also works great for Instagram stories! 

 

Wandrd Prvke 31 - I recently wrote a review on this backpack (which you can read righttttt here), where I go into a good bit of detail on the pack and explain exactly what I like about it. 

 

 

Editing/Post Production

 

 

2017 Macbook pro - Since I'm on the road a lot, I do 99% of my work from this bad boy. I used to be a PC guy, but the quality of the Macbook has kind of changed that. Although, my home computer will probably always be a PC. 

 

Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom - Pretty standard stuff as a photographer. Lightroom is my bread and butter, where Photoshop is more for the detail work. Think of it as a light dessert, perhaps a light parfait. 

 

StarryLandscapeStacker - I've had a good deal of people ask me how I edit Milky Way pictures, and this is the software I use personally. There's lots of options out there for stacking images, but this one works great for me. Totally not necessary if you have photoshop, but it sure does make the job much easier. 

 

Final Cut Pro X - I know a lot of you are thinking why aren't you using Premiere, and the answer is basically "this is cheaper." I'm not huge into video, so for now this works great for me. (I do plan on doing more video stuff soon here though, so be on the lookout.) 

 

 

Cool apps that might help you, or maybe not. What do I know?

 

 

PhotoPills - Since my buddy Dave showed me this app, I haven't stopped using it. It does cost 5$ or something, but trust me, you won't regret it. Great for planning sunrise/sunsets and even better if you want to shoot Milky Way pictures. The augmented reality feature is so cool and easy to use. 10/10 highly recommend this app.

 

MeteoEarth - This app is great for planning a shoot. If you do a lot of landscape work, you probably already use some apps to pay attention to the weather, but this one takes it a step further. You can set it to show cloud cover and how the clouds will be moving during the day, plus all the usual weather app stuff. 

 

Snapseed - Sometimes, you want to take cool pictures. When you have that urge but don't have that nice camera and editing software, you tend to use your phone. When you do, you should still be editing those photos. Snapseed is great for that and has a lot of the features higher grade software uses. Plus it's free!

 

FiLMiC Pro - So Filmic is kind of like Snapseed in that if you're primarily taking video on your phone, you're going to want this bad boy. It does cost 10$ which isn't the best, but it will really up your video game. It gives you the option to shoot in different color profiles and really gives you a ton of options cinematically.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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