With the glorious weather we are currently experiencing here in the UK there's no better time to get outdoors with your kit. But before you head off in search of that perfect landscape, have a look at our round-up of suggested kit so you set off with technology on your side.
Lenses - Don't Always Think Wide
Yes. Wide-angle lenses, such as the M Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4 0-5.6
, are popular choices for landscapes but they're not the only lens a photographer should reach for. Longer telephoto lenses such as the M Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II
, will allow you to be more selective with what you capture in frame. Get closer to a particular point of the far-off landscape without having to actually move closer. You'll find a longer lens useful on days when the sky isn't very interesting, plus it's easier to compress perspective too.
Camera - Don't Think You Have To Take A DSLR
We're not saying that all DSLR users should switch cameras as they do and will always help photographers produce cracking landscapes, however a Micro Four Thirds system camera can make a photographer more mobile. Landscape photographer Robin Whalley switched to this type of camera and in a previous article he said: "Because they are so light you tend not to feel rooted to the spot and move around more." Olympus Micro Four Thirds Systems include the PEN
range and OM-D
To make cataloging easier when you're home consider taking a camera which has built-in GPS features, such as the Olympus TG-1, so you can access the precise coordinates of where your shots were taken.
Tripod - Do Pack A Support
Even if you're not using a DSLR you should consider taking a tripod out with you. Light-weight models are available if you're planning on walking for a while.
Other Accessories - Don't Leave Essentials Behind
Even though the weather's rather good at the moment it doesn't hurt to take a waterproof bag out with you. Many are now fitted with rain covers that'll help keep rain away from your kit. It's important that you all assess how much kit etc. you'll need for your particular walk as there's no point in taking a large bag if you don't need one.
Wear suitable clothing and take plenty of liquid with you, especially on a hot day. Spare batteries, food, sunblock, a compass and map should also be added to your bag. Don't just presume your Smart Phone will be all you need as it's easy to lose signal and they can run out of power quite quickly. A selection of filters which should include a polariser and ND will also be useful.