ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES for Landscape Photography



twelve years ago I was just a beginner photographer I mean I was at the point where I believed that photographing JPEG and having a DSLR no matter what that DSLR was and a simple kit lens and a simple sling bag was enough to do landscape photography this was my entire photographic universe and there wasn't that many videos on YouTube like it is today where I could look and see okay this person lives through his work in landscape photography and he he tells me that I need this kind of gear this kind of accessories and I can look up to there wasn't that option so this is also the reason I'm making these videos I'm a full time landscape photographer based in Romania I'm doing this for 10 years so for 10 years I live only from landscape photography and if you want to hear what a person like me has to say in terms of gear equipment and what to do in the field in different situations then that is the reason for which you subscribe to my channel you click the bell notification because apparently too doesn't send my videos to my subscribers but this is the case with everybody so today I want to talk about from my own experience about the accessories that you need to buy because accessories can be extremely expensive and I had my share of buying accessories that I really didn't need I bought different brands and today after 10 years I have a kit I have a bag I have a kind of an equipment that I use and I think it's the optimum equipment that you or the essential equipment that you can have would you if you want to make landscape photography these are the accessories that I'm using and I will briefly talk about each and every one I will tell you the brand I will tell you the reason why I'm having this but maybe more detail I could use separate videos for each type of accessory and show you how you are really using that to maximize your photos maybe this would be an interesting thing to leave a comment below if you are interesting to see these kind of videos so for now just let's just see what exactly I'm having here the first accessory that you are going to by the landscape photographer it's going to be a tripod and mine is a carbon-fiber one further the zero five five series the reason it's not the one night is here is because I'm 190 centimeters one point nine meters tall and I need the tripod and it's pretty that the rice is pretty high above the ground you need to think of the tripod in terms of height is very important otherwise you'll have back pain if you're photographing for extended periods of time so you need to be a tripod that extends kind of like this up to your height now this carbon fiber yes it's lighter when you are carrying the tripod my idea of why the tripod is to invest once and then just basically be buried your tripod you don't need to invest in your tripod every five years you can buy one tripod and have it for let's say ten years of 15 or maybe 20 years the thing that I think I'm gonna change at some point it's gonna be the head I want a head that it's different from this one because the plate that Manfred are using it's not compatible with arca-swiss L brackets and my L bracket doesn't allow me to open for example the LCD screen and do other things so this is many that the main important thing that will change in the future but the reason for which you buy a good tripod is do you need to trust your tripod when you go further enough water falls and the legs of this tripod are in warm water and you're doing a ten minute exposure 5 min expose a 30 seconds exposure you need to make sure that this travel will hold and the further is going to be clear when you are up on a platter and there's a small breeze small wind you need to make sure this tripod will work so that's why you spend some money and you buy a good tripod from the started don't spend money on the better driver because in the end you'll end up with this and you'll just spend more money for no use one of the accessories that you're not going to buy right away it's a good bat a backpack that it's made for landscape photographers and you are going to think that having a mountain or a hiking backpack with just a sling bag on your shoulder can do the trick first of all is if you're going to wear a sling kind of thing back it will not be the most let's say friendly thing to have on you when you're going to move and then if you put a lot of weight over there and you carried this for a long period of time over the years you're gonna hinder or injure your backpack your back you're gonna injure your back so you at a certain point you realize that you need a backpack that it's thought and designed for landscape okay now my backpack gets it's a low pro I need to change it it's it's torn it's well done it it's a backpack that have seen better days so I need to change it it opens in the front and I don't like this because I always get this this play this part of the backpack either dirty or wet especially in winter so it's not good the good thing is that this kind of bag comes with these kind of pouches where you put lenses and all the accessories it's a very important thing thinking that you can have them a hiking backpack and you put your gear in there it's not a good idea I've been there I have my lens wrapped around in my socks and in my t-shirt and it's not an interesting thing to look for accessories through the clothings that you are having until you bought a tripod I think the first thing that you should buy is this it's a remote control I recommend you buy one without while it's it's radio or infrared or whatever system your camera uses I had ones with wires I lost them so it's not very feasible to have one with one especially in cold conditions for example in winter girls you may have to stick a cable inside your camera it's not pleasant to do that so first thing first by yourself remote control because that is the reason you bought two tripod you want your camera to stay still when you trigger it and you can do this with a remote control these are all the keys you need to fix your tripod if your leg it's loose or a clamp is not working or something I don't know you get to Norway and your tripod doesn't work anymore you need to face it if you don't have this and well judging by how many photographers I didn't know where you'll probably have no problem now the first filter that you need to buy the first filter that you need to buy is a circular polarizer I will hide six months on the mountains with not having one of these it's back in 2007 and there wasn't a clear video of what this what this did or at least I didn't find it then and but from what I've read it sounded like an interesting filter and only after I bought it I understood why you absolutely must have a polarizer it's it's a fact you can't duplicate it in editing you can't do anything to remove the glitter the the shininess of the leaves this will enhance the colors of the sky will remove the reflections from water your image will look much more rich and impressive and vibrant the only problem is the overuse of this for example in high entities you get the sky completely black and it doesn't look that interesting it may be useful if you want to convert the image to black and white this may be a good use and also if you're using this with a really wide angle lens let's say 70 millimeters there are occasions when only a portion of the sky is polarized a corner or only the middle of the photo and that look looks bad that is the one of the moment you should not use it now my circle polarizers are all from Hoya are the HD version and the slim version just to be able to use them on wide-angle lens without this filter being seen or deviating the edges after that talk about accessory this is an LCD viewfinder it's one dollar on Aliexpress calm and you should buy it from a specialized specialized first or it will cost a lot more so this is very useful when there is bright light you just put this on the back of your camera you take a look like this and you probably evaluate your photo in terms of light you see the composition you understand the luminosity of the photo many times you look at on the LCD and say it's pretty dark well you do look with this and you see it's not dark it's okay now there comes a set of filters right now and let's let's briefly talk about this one this is a variable nd and the only reason I'm using a circular MV is because I wanna film so if you want to film you will need something like this because if you film and you want your film to be at let's say 30 frames per second you need an exposure time of sixtieth of a second and sometimes you need to use lenses weird that are really bright and that have wide apertures and this means when you're trying to film at let's say F 2 in the middle of the day you need an ND filter to be able to achieve that sixtieth of a second and by the way you need that to create a certain motion blur and to have that cinematic effect now let's move to these filters that are all from the 100 by 100 format the 100 millimeters format I have the holder and the the adapter ring from Li I recommend buying at least the holder and the adapter ring from the make sure he had the adapter ring that r is for wide-angle lens it's it's twice the price of a normal adapter ring but it's much more it's much more useful you can use it on 17 millimeter lens and the reason for which I recommend buying this hole that is this you can put it and take it away with one hand and it's very very easy very easy to use now in terms of filters I have these lis filters these are nd gradiated soft filters all you need is a to stop and a three-stop I also I bought this set so is it's it also contains one a one stop filter now I also have an ND filter of 10 stops for me that's the big stopper from it it's the first ND filter that you should buy and your ND filter should look like this it should not be a circle one it should be one of these because these are the these are very easy to use you can simply put them on you just take them off and like that just like that but besides this you also need a six top ND filter now I had one I broke it I have received this one from Kent faith you saw a video in last week with it you absolutely need the six top ND filter it's at a certain point because of situations where there is low light I also have three stop ND filters reversed that is basically it's it's creating an area of dimmer light in the horizon where the Sun is going up or the sun's going down this is very important I also have another three stop ND filter gradiated and again soft still from Kent fate the the big thing about this one is that it doesn't get steamed in misty mornings or something like that now I have another accessory that is not necessarily apt an absolute max gives this color checker it looks like this and now why I'm saying it's not an absolute mass because now the editing's rely more and more on shifting colors introducing let's say blue in the shadows and orange in the highlights so basically you are changing the colors to suit your needs of an artistic expression that is why it's not necessarily it's not important to have accurate colors 100% I hope this was useful for you if you have questions use the comment section below subscribe if you're here for the first time and until next time keep your photography is the only way to get there bye bye

4 Replies to “ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES for Landscape Photography”

  1. It's always interesting to hear from people with genuine experience, and I wish youtube was around when I started! Will be interested in your choice of tripod head as I also have a Manfrotto 055 and looking to change to a head that can take Arca Swiss.

  2. It would be good to see a video or series of videos showing you how to use filters in different environments. For example Forests vs Waterfalls vs Grand Vistas

  3. Useful video Toma, I made the mistake of buying a cheap tripod at the start. I think a hiking bag can work if you use a good camera insert, I prefer to do this when wild camping, as a hiking backpack carries load better. I just picked up a good bag called a mindshift ultralight 36 for general days in the mountains, quick access to gear and space for hiking essentialls too. I'd love to hear more about your transition to a full time photographer

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