If you have been involved in photography for a while, chances are you have collected a few things. One is camera bags. Trying to find the PERFECT camera bag is
Nature is extraordinarily complex and beautiful, it is easy to forget in our modern world just how powerful its forces are. But, being a nature photographer presents constant, humbling reminders of this fact! A large part of what drives me is wanting to experience every facet of nature, then create and share images of these forces at work. In doing so I am often going into potentially dangerous situations for me and my gear.
In my part of the world, wildfires are a necessity to the health of our ecosystems. But, they are, to put it bluntly, scary as @#$%! Dangerous, fast, and unpredictable, shooting them requires gear and techniques that let you react quickly to the situation to keep yourself out of harm’s way, and out-of-the-way of the responder’s managing the scene. Here is how I capture images and video of one of nature’s most beautifully dangerous forces, wildfire.
Being an outdoor/adventure/”hike all over the place” type of photographer, I love any gear that can do more than one job, without weighing a ton. When you have to backpack everything in, you learn to simplify and use as much multipurpose lightweight gear, as possible.
One trick I have learned is to turn my Oben travel tripod into a light stand for flashes or continuous lights. At just a few pounds, it’s light enough to hike with, and serves double duty as either a camera or flash support. This versatility means it gets a place in my pack, instead of staying home with more specialized gear that won’t make the hike.
Shooting video on a DSLR, Mirrorless or Micro Four Thirds camera can be challenging. Let’s look at how to choose the right camera or camera configuration for the task at hand.