What To Bring
Photo Equipment Suggestions:
In addition to your camera(s), 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:
Lenses – Lenses from wide-angle zooms to telephotos will be of use on this workshop. Also consider bringing your other favorite lenses, including macro and fast super wideangle lenses in the 14-24mm range for night photography.
Tripod – Sunrise, sunset and nighttime light levels are too low to photograph properly without a sturdy tripod.
Lots of Memory Card Storage
Camera Battery Charger and Extra Batteries
Polarizing Filter. Neutral Density Filters – To extend exposure times. Johnathan uses Lee filters. See http://www.leefilters.com. Graduated Neutral Density Filters – Primarily for daytime use. Mark uses the SinghRay 8-stop Vari-ND filter, Tiffen 3- and 6-stop IR neutral density filters, and Singh-Ray 2-stop soft and 3-stop hard-edge graduated filters. See
Shutter Release – You can use a locking cable release, a wireless remote, or the camera’s self-timer (usually good only for exposures up to 30 seconds). Shutter releases are available for specific camera models, from simple units that only trip the shutter, to more advanced units that allow the photographer to program exposure time, count down the exposure, shoot multiple exposures and timed intervals. These are available from photo retailers, including Hunts Photo and Video. Mark uses a wireless remote shutter release, the hahnel Giga T Pro II, about $99. See
Intervalometer – For time-lapse photography. If you are a Canon shooter, consider the Canon TC-80N3 Remote timer, or an equivalent. See REG/Canon_2477A002_Timer_Remote_Controller_TC_80N3.html.
Here’s a less expensive alternative, but identical in structure and function: 6&keywords=canon+remote+timer.
Many Nikons have a built-in intervalometer, or you can use the Nikon MC-36A MultiFunction Remote Cord, about $190. See how=yes.
Mark’s hahnel Giga T Pro II remote has the same features for about half the price.
Flashlights &/or Headlamp – preferably with a red light, or cover with a red filter to prevent stray light from distracting others during night photography sessions. Bring both small and large lights for light painting. Bring other light sources, like LED’s or glow sticks, for painting with wild colors.
Snow/Rain Cover – For camera and lens protection. An inexpensive plastic shower cap works well in many instances.
Battery-powered Alarm Clock/Watch – Power outages are frequent in the Adirondacks and cell phone service is intermittent. It’s better to bring your own alarm than miss a shoot!
Computer Equipment Suggestions Laptop Computer – We highly recommend bringing your own laptop computer for downloading, processing and viewing your images. If you borrow a laptop, make sure that you are familiar with its use. Processing Software – Good choices include Adobe Lightroom, Elements, Photoshop. We use Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan, about $10/month. Free 30-day trials of these programs are available on the manufacturers' websites. To create time-lapse movies you may also want the following software: 1. Lightroom. A free trial version is available at 2. QuickTime Pro: $29.99. Available at: 3. LRTimelapse: The free down load will allow you to load up to 400 images: This software is particularly good at reducing flicker. Back-up device – Such as an external hard drive.
Clothing & Outdoor Gear
Historical average temperatures for Lake George, NY in October vary from a low of 37 to a high of 61 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 – For photographing in the waters.
Dress for the indoor sessions will be casual.
Energy bars or other snacks.
Please contact the leaders directly with any questions.
Mark Bowie 413-442-9125
Joe LeFevre 315-343-8408