Basic gear for nature photography
I’m Jim Feldkamp, nature lover and photographer. Ever since my first adventure in the great outdoors with my friends, I’ve been hooked. I spend a lot of time in the city, which is why I cherish every minute I have in nature preserves and hiking trails and camp sites. The change of scenery recharges my batteries and keeps my heart and soul at peace. If only I had the chance, I’d make the transition to a more nature-inspired life and live in the mountains. But as it stands, I’ll need to save up for it first.
Going back to what I said about my first adventure in the great outdoors, I remember how much help my friends were. Being veteran nature photographers, I discovered then and there all the essential equipment I had to bring. Some new photographers don’t bring enough gear. I on the other hand, brought too much, and I ended up having to haul them up and down hiking trails.
So, for all of you who are new at the game, here are the essential must-brings.
The best bag you can afford
A good camera bag is a great investment for so many reasons, the most important of which is protection. Make sure the bag is water-resistant since you’ll be going up against the elements, and big enough for your camera as well as the accessories.
Water bottle (or thermos)
The water bottle is one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment in any adventure in the great outdoors. Not only does it store much-needed nourishment (which is especially important if you’ll be hiking in desert areas), it also eliminates the need for plastic bottles which are harmful to the environment.
GPS (or a smartphone)
While you may argue that you’re out there to get away from technology, you won’t need to bring out your smartphone with a GPS tracker unless you truly need it. And believe me, it’s much better for you to have it in your bag when you don’t need it, than not have it when you do.
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