Hiking and Photography Equipment
Here’s some of the equipment that my wife and I use while hiking and taking wildflower photos. Everything I show here is highly recommended, I use them all!
I use the Camranger with my iPad to create “stacked” images, and to preview images. I don’t often take this on long hikes, because I don’t carry my iPad (although this works with smart phones as well). I work with this in situations where the car is close and I can spend a lot of time working on an individual photo.
The Peak Design CapturePro Camera Clip is a godsend for anyone who is hiking and needs quick access to their camera. I clip this to the shoulder strap of my backpack. Slip the camera in the clip, my hands are free. Very, very steady. Just a click of a button and I have my camera in my hand.
Along with the CapturePro Camera Clip, I use this “stabilizer” to add extra padding to the clip as it is attached to my backpack. You can also use it to attach the clip to a belt, but I prefer to have it on my backpack. If you have a long lens on your camera, this pad really helps. It adds some extra support and padding to the camera clip, making it much more comfortable for long treks.
On longer trips, managing images can be a chore. I’m worried about losing images, either due to equipment failure, equipment theft, losing luggage, and all of that. So I have come up with several layers of protection.
The first is my Beeway Memory Card Carrying Case Holder (long name, good product). This is a water-resistant polycarbonite case for holding memory cards. It can hold 12 full size SD cards (for my SLR camera) and an additional 12 micro SDHC cards (for my “action” camera, similar to a GoPro). Rugged and secure.
The other item I use is a portable external hard drive. There are several on the market, I’m working with the Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro. This provides a WiFi connection and USB 3.0. It also has an SD card reader – I can just insert my SD card and the My Passport device will automatically copy all of the images from the card. This is a very rugged device.
I used to only buy desktop software, where you could purchase something and own it. However, Adobe has finally convinced me that a subscription for their software makes sense. I have the Adobe Created Cloud Photography Plan. They are continually providing worthwhile updates, and the subscription price is reasonable. You get both Lightroom and Photoshop, along with a large number of mobile apps that I use on my iPad. Lightroom is a key product for organizing photos, removing spots, as well as adjusting exposure, cropping and so forth. My main use for Photoshop is to create collages and posters (I don’t do major editing of photos).
Trekking poles are essential equipment when hiking. This is the shorter, lighter set that my wife uses.
Please also view my Wildflower Books page, where I list the books that I rely on.