Field PhotographyIn the class we talked a bit about field photography with an emphasis on what to bring when you go into the field to photograph. The main point that I got from this was that you should think careful about what you want to photograph and not try to bring all your gear but rather just what will be needed. Here are some considerations and items to pack in your bag to overcome them.
- Wet Grass/Mud--carry a folded up heavy duty trash bag to kneel or sit on.
- Wind- consider carrying an umbrella to use to block the wind
- Controlling light- reflectors in various colors-black,white, gold, silver
- Transporting gear- pick a bag that is lightweight and fits what you are doing....you wouldn't want a heavy bag for a longer hike
- Macro Lenses--these are great for getting small details. The lens come in a variety of size and the instructor said if you were to get just one he would suggest something in the 70-80 mm range. Macro lenses are a bit on the expensive size so you may want to consider the next less expensive option.
- Extension tubes--these tubes help you to get macro photos without the expense of the macro lens. They can be purchased usually in sets of 3 and can be used in combination with any lens...zoom or otherwise.
- Diopter lenses- these lenses will magnify and help in macro photography. They DO NOT work well with zoom lenses.
- Focus Rails--this is a great tool that can be attached to your tripod to move the camera back and forth when you are focusing. Much easier than trying to move tripod to focus.