Travel photography - What do we bring for landscape photography

There is a ton of different opinions on what to bring for different aspects of photography. There are no right or wrongs when it comes to camera gear - you need to bring the gear that you are comfortable using.

Who am I?

I (Hans Christian) is one of the two instructors at Northern Workshops and I have a passion within many types of photography. I own my own photography business in Aarhus, Denmark with a store and studio. Landscape photography is amazingly hard to make a living from and especially here in Denmark where there are limited locations for great landscape photography, which is way I mainly spend my business hours doing family- and business shoots.

In this tutorial I will show you the gear I bring for when I want to do landscape photography.

Right of the bat I might as well just confess it right away. I like gear and the gear do actually improve my photography. I know the common sense within photography is that you can be brilliant with any gear and that is in part true. After spending more than 6 years as a professional photographer, I have found that gear sometimes limit your creativity as you spend more time on figuring out how to do a shoot with the gear instead of spending the time on being actually creative.

The gear

There is a bit of a "religion" issue when it comes to camera gear. Almost all photographers swear only to one brand within gear and for me that is Canon. There aren't really any specific reason for that other than that is where I originally started as a photographer.

The image below is what I bring for landscape photography in the camera bag.

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My gear consists of following:

  • Canon 5Ds and Canon 5D mrk. III full frame camera houses with battery grips.

  • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L, Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4, Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L.

  • Canon GPS GP-E2.

  • Lee Filter 100mm filter system: 0.6ND, 0.9ND, LittleStopper, BigStopper, 0.3ND soft-grad, 0.6ND soft-grad, 0.9ND soft-grad and a landscape polariser.

  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT, Canon ST-E3-RT, extra Eneloop AA batteries and gels of the speedlite.

  • Canon TC-80N3 remote trigger.

  • X-Rite ColorChecker Passport.

  • TriggerTrap for Canon.

  • Manfrotto 055XPROB with ballhead.

  • Accesories: Extra SD/CF cards from Sandisk, air blower for dust and cleaning cloths from Lee Filters.

It might seem as a lot of gear and it is, but this is also for situations where I plan for a landscape shoot. If I am just going out for an improvised shoot I normally just bring a camera on a strap with 2 lenses (usually 16-35mm and 70-200mm). I spend countless of hours figuring out which camera strap to use and I have been through ThinkTank, SpiderHolster, BlackRapid and today I am using a MoneyMaker dual strap from Hold Fast. 

I do rent a few extenders from time to time and at some point I will probably buy them (1.4x and 2x) but for now I am happy with the low rent cost as I rarely use them.

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EXIF: ISO100, f/11 and 120 sec

The above image was created with the gear I mentioned earlier. You can purchase the image from our store (launching soon!).

How do I pack everything?

The next part of this series of behind-the-scenes I will be discussing how I pack everything to be portable and easy accessable. My current camera bag is a LowePro Pro Runner 350AW backpack bag.

Remember to check out our upcoming 5-day landscape photography workshop to the Faroe Islands in April 2017 - there are only 4 seats left!