A photography trek is like a normal trek through the landscape, except that you’re armed with a DSLR and all the necessary and awesome accessories. However, the downside of going for any trek is that seemingly unending and tiresome climb. Add to that the heavy camera kit, and good photography is the last thing you could possibly be doing. Which is why, you should pack light. This, obviously, means packing exactly those things that you need. Like, the following five things that make the job easy without any compromise on the quality.
A Compact Camera:
While some mainstream photographers may cringe at the mention of any camera that isn’t a DSLR, remember that these are the same people who have an entourage to carry their things for them. Switch to something more compact. These days a lot of point-and-shoot cameras offer amazingly high resolution and zoom-range. Additionally, there are quite a lot of compact Slrs too, that are quite easy to carry and climb. So there’s an added benefit for all the dSlr loyalists. Plus, with all the variety that is there out there, you’re sure to find something that’s not only worth an investment, but is easy to carry around too.
What good is carrying a DSLR (IF you’ve anyway decided to go ahead with one) or a SLR, without the lenses? However, avoid the one mistake that most “photographers” tend to make by carrying every lens you could afford to buy. Not only does a huge set of lens turn burdensome, but the constant changing and setting up may make you miss what would’ve otherwise been a splendid shot. Ideally, carry a single 50 mm lens; they work perfectly fine in ordinary as well as slightly less than ordinary conditions. Additionally, you should also keep the zoom lens and the wide-angle lens close at hand. Macro forms a good choice too, if you’re into shooting the insects and little flowers.
A constant context of conflict is whether to the use-and-throw AA battery or the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. What needs to be considered here is the location. Most treks happen to remote areas, with no realistic source of power. Therefore, AA batteries come in handy. However, the cameras that support these batteries are usually bulky. Lithium batteries, on the other hand, are compatible with cameras that are lighter. In case, you’re stuck with nothing to choose but lithium, you can always buy a spare set, keep them fully charged, and you’re good to go.
Most cameras today come with an inbuilt GPS to track your pictures and sort them according to the time and location by appending the GPS location information to the EXIF data. This feature comes handy if you have a knack for clicking away freely.
Apart from your basic trekking gear, of course, don’t forget to include a couple of extra memory cards, a tripod (personally, we favor the Gorillapod), flashlights (these usually double up as the perfect extra light source during low-light compositions) and your usual safety gear and trek supplies. Waterproof your precious gear (Ziploc pouches come in super-handy here) . Also, don’t forget to pack your photography-kit in a nice, cushioned camera bag.
Article Contributor: Jenny Wadlow, is a freelance blogger. She is a passionate about photography and shares her captured images with her readers in her articles. In her opinion, Protog manufactures the most durable and affordable camera bags.