We consider the following items important.  You can learn more about them at the workshop, but we made this checklist as a reminder to bring them if you already own them.  Items essential to this workshop are in bold.  You might also consider renting lenses, cameras or other gear from Lens Pro To Go or other rental companies.


Questions?  Contact Mark Bowie at mbowiephoto@gmail.com, 413-442-9125 or

Chris Murray at chris@chrismurrayphotography.com, 315-416-8038



Photo Equipment


Camera – and extra camera body if you have one, just in case.  – DSLR or mirrorless, full frame or cropped sensor.  Also, bring the camera manual should you need to consult it.

Lenses – There will likely be photo opportunities for your full range of lenses, from extreme wide angle to telephoto and macro.  We use lenses from 14-400mm (full-frame equivalent) for waterfalls and streams.  When buying lenses, we recommend getting the best quality you can afford, with maximum apertures of f/2.8 or wider for landscape work (especially useful for night photography).

Tripod – For long exposures of flowing water a sturdy tripod is a MUST.  We recommend buying a lightweight carbon fiber tripod (Mark likes Induro and Gitzo brands) with a ball head.  Expect to pay $300-$400 for the set.  Watch Hunt’s Photo for sales.  A quality set should last many years.


Lots of Memory Card Storage.  We use fast 64GB cards, good for both stills and video.

Camera Battery Charger and Extra Batteries.

Non-abrasive Lens Cleaning Cloth and Wipes.

Sensor Cleaning Tools — To remove dust and debris from the sensor.  Mark uses Eclipse solution and Sensor Swabs Ultra from Photographic Solutions.

Polarizing Filter — for all your lenses.

Neutral Density Filters, Graduated Neutral Density Filters – Mark uses Tiffen 3- and 6-stop IR-ND neutral density filters, and the Singh-Ray 8-stop Vari-ND filter. They have minimal color casting.  He also uses Singh-Ray 2-stop soft- and 3-stop hard-edge graduated filters.  Lee Filters also makes quality filters.  See www.leefilters.com.

Shutter Release ­­– You can use a locking cable release, a wireless remote, or the camera’s self-timer (except in BULB).  Shutter releases are available for specific camera models, from simple units that only trip the shutter, to more advanced units with intervalometers that allow the photographer to program exposure time, count down the exposure, shoot multiple exposures and timed intervals. These are available from Hunt’s Photo and B&H Photo-Video.  Mark uses a wireless remote shutter release, the hahnel Giga T Pro II, about $99.

Intervalometer – For time-lapse photography.  Many Nikons, and the latest Canons, have a built-in intervalometer.  The Nikon MC-36A Multi-Function Remote Cord is about $190.  The hahnel Giga T Pro II has the same features for about half the price.

Canon shooters can consider the Canon TC-80N3 Remote timer, or an equivalent.  The Cowboy Studio Timer-Remote-Control Shutter is much less expensive, but identical in structure and function.

Flashlight &/or Headlamp – preferably with a red light, or cover with a red filter, to limit distracting others during night photography sessions.  Bring larger lights for light painting if you’d like.

Rain Cover – For camera and lens protection.  An inexpensive plastic shower cap works well in many instances.  Mark uses Op-Tech plastic rain sleeves that have a drawstring at one end and that slide over camera & lenses.  A set of 2 costs about $6.

Battery-powered Alarm Clock/Watch – In case cell phone service isn’t available. It’s better to bring your own alarm than miss a morning shoot!

Cell Phone.


Computer Equipment:

Laptop Computer – We highly recommend bringing your own laptop computer for downloading, processing and viewing your images.

Processing Software – Good choices include Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.  We use Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which includes Lightroom & Photoshop, for about $10/month.  Free 30-day trials of these programs are available from Adobe.

Back-up device – Such as an external hard drive.

Flash Drive – For sharing images.


Clothing & Outdoor Gear

Historical average temperatures for Ithaca, NY in June vary from a low of 53 to a high of 76 degrees.  It’s preferable to dress in several warm layers as temperatures can change significantly and quickly.

Warm Coat and Pants

Fleece Under Layer – Can be added or removed as the temperature changes.

Rain Jacket & Rain Pants – For rain and wind protection.


Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof

Wading boots or sandals – Two pair of footwear is wise, in case one gets wet.  Sandals and muck boots are great for getting in the streams.

Dress for the indoor sessions will be casual.

Water bottle.

Energy bars or other snacks.