Uppdaterad 17 April, 2017
What kind of equipment do I carry around while shooting landscape photography? This is something almost every photographer I know gets asked sooner or later. I don’t get that question too often but I am a Swede – and us Swedes do not usually interact with other swedes unless we are held at gunpoint.
Sometimes when I am out and about taking photos I stumble upon other photographers. Some of them strike up a conversation but most of them just look at me kind of strange, then tries to take a quick peek in my camera bag before the scurry away to wherever Swedish landscape photographers dwell when they don’t take photos.
Keep reading for a chance to glance into my camera bag without me ever knowing about it.
Canon EOS 6D
It all starts with the camera body. I shoot with a Canon EOS 6D almost all of the time. I have been using this for a couple of years and thanks to many features added by Magic Lantern I don’t miss a single thing. I opted for the version without WiFi and GPS when it was on sale.
Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
This was my go to camera for a couple of years when I upgraded from the entry level model 1000D / Rebel XS around 2014. I don’t pack this body in my camera bag very often but I still use it when I shoot the occasional film of something like that.
I really love the flexible, touchscreen LCD which helps immensely when shooting low angle stuff when I don’t want to get my 190 cm (almost 6’ 3”) body flat on the ground.
Canon EF 28 mm F/2.8
This is the lens most often fitted to my camera body. I love this lens, I got it at a sale and I use it almost all the time. I really love using prime lenses. They force me to use my brain (and my feet) to get the pictures that I want. I believe that helps me take better photos in the long run.
Canon EF L 70-200 mm F/4.0
Even if I use the wider angle lens a lot more than this zoom lens I still wouldn’t leave home without it. I am slowly starting to learn how to focus on smaller parts of the big picture.
You could call it intimate landscapes or something like that. I really love how this lens can compress the landscape. Mountains far, far away that would almost not been visible with the 28 mm turn into big majestic peaks with the 70-200 mm. By far the sharpest lens I own.
This is the two lenses I always carry in my camera bag. I own several other prime lenses from 35 to 85 mm but I only bring them when I have a particular shot in mind or when I am supposed to take photos of living beings, like humans.
I don’t use too many filters. I mount a no-name circular polarizer filter on my lenses most of the time when there is water involved in the photo. I also add ND-filters in the mix when I need slower shutter speeds. I try to avoid it due to the rather prominent magenta cast on the final image. Most of the time that can be corrected in Photoshop later though.
To circumvent the magenta casting shenanigans I set a custom white balance with the help of my trusted gray card. I do this when I have the time for it, but more often than not I tend to forget it in the heat of the moment.
I have a small rocket blower tucked away in a side pocket of the camera bag. This has proven itself priceless while changing lenses on a windy beach or in the dusty outbacks. A couple of squeezed on the rocket blower and the worst debris fly away from the mirror and sensor and I am good to go again.
The bag itself
I pack my gear in the almost iconic Everyday Messenger Bag from Peak Design. I got this bag when it was on Kickstarter and I love it. It is a just a couple of millimeters too small in the laptop pocket so I can’t bring my laptop with me unless I shove it in the main pocket or use a separate bag. Not that big of an issue really. Check out the bag, buy it. You will probably love it just as much as I do.
L-bracket. I got an L-bracket from the wife last Christmas. The model I got was a universal model from 3 Legged thing and I never take it off the camera. It is a huge time saver when changing from landscape to portrait orientation and it doesn’t cover any of the buttons or openings on the camera body.
I can’t take photos without my tripod. I am almost always taking multiple exposures of stuff and if I can get my photos aligned while shooting them I will save a lot of time in post-production. I use a discontinued tripod from Rollei wich is a little on the heavy side but almost any will do.
If you are shopping for a tripod, choose one with three individual legs. Not the kind when all three legs fold out in unison. You will thank me for this advice the first time you use your tripod in a slope.
Paper and pen
I won’t leave my house without a paper and a pen. Never. Not while photographing and not while grocery shopping. Always bring a pen and paper, it will change your life.
Speedlites and batteries
I bring a spare battery everywhere I go. The Canon 6D doesn’t use that much power and I can usually go a full day without ever worrying about finding a charger. The speedlites will most of the time stay home. As will the softboxes, umbrellas and all other light related equipment. I have been known to bring a foldable reflector to a location but that is not something that happens every day.
What do you carry around? Do you try to keep it light like me or do you bring so much gear you need to hire a sherpa?
Let me know in the comments below, please.