… sounds like a no brainer right? Well not necessarily. When afield with students two observations come to mind regarding what is commonly forgotten and that which isn’t even considered. Photography equipment to carry when you’re out taking pictures:
1- Your Camera & lenses. Lenses (plural) enable you to be ready for anything so just because you’ve got your big zoom for bird photography, don’t forget your wide angle for landscapes and special effects. You can use it if you have it.
2- The unsung heroes. That means your battery(ies) fully charged, at least one memory card, a remote shutter release and a small flashlight for darkness. The first two on the list are absolutely crucial but are often forgotten and the latter two make life easier.
3- Safety. Southwest Florida is beautiful with almost limitless photography but it can be harsh. That means water, snacks, required meds, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and first aid if you’re getting away. One thing that has saved me many times is a small kit to treat fire ant bites. I use white vinegar to wash the areas then rub on meat tenderizer, both of which help break down the potentially deadly toxins. What would you do if bitten voraciously 45 miles from home?
4- Other gear. A tripod, monopod, beanbag rest, your owners’ manual, and possibly an optional second camera/lens set up. I like to travel lightly but some would add field guides, binoculars, gps units and more. Any must haves for you?
Be prepared and you’re almost assured a good day out. Don’t let a simple oversight ruin your day or inconvenience others. If you need help getting started with your camera, sign up or tell your friends- “Digital Photography for Beginners” begins this week in Naples at Collier County’s Vineyards Community Park. Thursdays 6-8 pm, May 5th-26th. To register call the park at 239-353-9669. Gordon.
“Photography in Naples, Marco Island and Everglades”