Recommended Equipment

Get the most out the workshop

Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not what camera you have, but an digital SLR or equivalent mirrorless with a manual mode will allow you to really take control of your settings and get the most out the workshop.


The lesson/tour will be tailored to you needs, we can happily work with whatever camera you have, from a compact upwards.


For one day workshops we like to try and take some control of your camera settings, so a Digital SLR or equivalent mirrorless with a manual mode is best. You are still welcome to join us if you only have a compact camera.

You would ideally bring:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with a manual mode
  • A standard or zoom lens
  • An full charged battery and ideally a spare 
  • 64GB Memory card with plenty of space

Additional gear (not necessary, but helpful)

  • A sturdy tripod
  • A telephoto lens
  • Filters for landscape photography – click here

For weekend workshops and tours you will need a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a manual mode, and ideally, a sturdy tripod, to get the most out of the workshop.

Minimum gear requirements:

  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
  • Standard Zoom Lens
  • Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • A sturdy tripod
  • Cable release
  • At least one extra battery and your charge
  • An adequate number of memory cards; bring at least 64GB of cards as a minimum.

Recommended Lenses

Modern zoom lenses are great quality and often save a lot of space (and weight) in your camera bag. We recommend bringing along the following:

  • Standard Zoom Lens: 24mm-70mm (Cropped sensor: 16mm-55mm)
  • Telephoto Zoom Lens: 70mm-200mm (Cropped sensor: 55mm-135mm)

Additional Lenses

None of these are required, but you might wish to consider bringing some of these depending on your style of photography, what you wish to shoot on the tour, or the subjects covered in your workshop.

  • Ultra-wide Lens: 14mm-35mm (Cropped sensor: 10mm-24mm) – For Ultra-wide landscapes and astro-photography.
  • Long Telephoto Lens: 300mm+ – For close up and wildlife photography.
  • Macro Lens: 100mm Macro (Cropped sensor: 100mm Macro) – If you wish to shoot macro photography (sometimes a telephoto zoom can get you nearly as close).

Prime Lenses: If it’s your preference to use a number prime lenses to cover a similar range to the recommended lenses, just make sure you get them all in your camera bag and can carry it!

Camera Backpack

With a load of kit to pack, it is always good to have a well-designed camera backpack to carry all of your gear. If you are bringing lots of different lenses, consider how some of these can be stored within your main luggage if you do not wish to carry a full backpack on the day’s walking and shooting.

Ensure your camera backpack has enough room to carry extra clothing and a water bottle.

When flying, make sure you have a camera backpack you can use as hand luggage.


For many, a tripod comes as an afterthought, an added expense that they feel they can skimp on. This is a serious mistake. Over the years, we have seen many photos ruined by the lack of a sturdy tripod. Bring a tripod that is solid enough to use in the wind and can hold the weight of your camera, but do remember you still need to be able to carry it on outings (if you are worried about the weight look at some of the carbon fibre options). 

Ball Head

A great option for landscape photography is ball-type head, as these make it faster and easier to level your camera at any angle.

We recommend Benro Tripods, see:

Filters for Landscape Photography – We strongly suggest bringing some ND and graduated filters along with a polariser (not required for wildlife photography).

We recommend Benro Filters, see:

If you don’t have filters – Please get in touch; as we may be able to lend you some for the tour. 


Bringing a laptop is recommended so you can download, review, and backup your images during downtime. 

  • Masterclass Workshops – We will have review sessions; so a laptop is highly recommended for these.
  • Expressive Retreats – Includes multiple review/processing and printing sessions; a laptop is essential for these.

Lightroom Classic

Most of our tutors teach post processing using Lightroom Classic, we’re always happy to help you with alternate software but recommend that you have Lightroom (and/or Photoshop) installed; unless you are comfortable with the use of another software.

Lightroom Classic or Lightroom CC? – Lightroom Classic is a professional editing tool best suited for using on a laptop and what you should install. It should not be confused with Lightroom CC which is a more basic version of lightroom suite better for tablets.

Backing up Photos on the road

If you do not have a laptop, consider bringing a higher number of smaller-capacity memory cards; that way, if one breaks, you don’t lose ALL your work!. The “belt and braces” approach is to bring an additional hard drive or enough storage cards for the whole trip, as well as a computer/backup device so that you can keep ALL your images in two places.


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