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  1.   Wide-angle lens – For outdoor adventure, we love wide-angle lenses, and sometimes even extreme wide angle lenses.  You don’t have to go crazy here, but this allows you to get more beauty in your photos.  Wide-angle lenses also tend to increase color saturation so your photos may turn out to have more vibrant colors.
  2.  Tripod – Our favorite brand is Manfrotto and they have a huge selection, and quality tripods specifically designed for adventurers. This will allow you to get sharper images, along with experimenting with time exposures.
  3.  Spare batteries – Since most cameras take model-specific batteries, it’s always a good idea to have at least one spare and to turn off your camera when not being used.
  4.  Editing Software – There are a lot of brands that make good editing software and the one we use most is iPhoto and it comes standard on Mac computers.  We also like Affinity Photo and both are easy to learn thanks to instructional videos that are widely available on the internet.
  5.  Good Camera bag – Keeping your camera well protected from the elements is essential.  We usually use Tamrac bags, but there are a lot of good brands on the market.  Ideally, adventure photographers want to be very selective about the amount of equipment they carry because of the weight.  Sometime less can actually be more, in the sense that less weight means you can typically cover more distance on foot.  We also recommend carrying a lot of large one-gallon baggies with silica packs to reduce the impact of moisture on equipment.  You might not be familiar with the term silica packs, but you have certainly seen them when you unpacking expensive items that could be damaged by moisture.  Just Google it, and see what we mean.
  6.  Hand-Held Shutter Release – These come in a wide variety of options depending on your camera make and model, and some of these are fully digital.  They allow you to reduce camera shake during time exposures and some allow control of other features of your DSLR camera, including special video features.
  7.  We recommend carrying a second camera such as a GoPro or another small camera.  These have incredibly wide lenses, great editing software that is available for owners at no charge, and tons of features.
  8.  Our favorite camera store is B&H Photo in New York City.  Check out Simply put, if they don’t have it, you don’t need it.  The company is amazing.  Our second favorite is Adorama (, followed by Samy’s Camera (

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