Outdoor photography ideas: how to shoot striking, alternative pictures of nature

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 23/08/2013 00:01am
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    Our professional photographer’s recommended gear

    Our professional photographer's recommended gear: Sigma 150mm macro

    Sigma 150mm macro
    The Sigma APO Macro 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM is my favourite macro lens. It gives me the ideal shooting distance with my full-frame camera, and it is not only much lighter than the similar and older Nikon 200mm f/4 Micro, but has the advantage that the AF motor is built into the lens. It has recently be updated to include built-in optical stablisation (OS), and costs £695/$1099.

     

    Our professional photographer's recommended gear: right angle finder

    Right angle finder
    This periscope-like device fits on my SLR’s viewfinder, so that I can see the image from above as I compose the shot, which is very useful with low-level macro slots. Nikon makes two types, the DR-5 and DR-6, to fit circular and rectangular viewfinders respectively (around £225/$200 each).

     

    Our professional photographer's recommended gear: L bracket

    L bracket
    Niall uses a Kirk L-shaped bracket on his D700. It provides a quick-release plate for his tripod head whether he’s shooting in landscape or portrait format. But when he’s using his 70-200mm lens, a special plate has to be attached to the tripod collar.

     

    Our professional photographer's recommended gear: field studio

    Field studio
    I have been refining the equipment for my field studio for six years, and now have a set up that can be put together relatively inexpensively using little more than a couple of tripods, some Manfrotto clamps, a couple of diffusers, a trigger and a pair of old manual-power flashguns.

     

    Our professional photographer's recommended gear: envelope stiffener

    Envelope stiffener
    I prefer to use sheets of envelope stiffener as a diffuser for my macro subjects (I use flyweight translucent ones from Challoner Marketing). They are not as dense as my large collapsible Calumet diffuser, and are much less expensive, and can be bought from stationery stores.

    PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
    PAGE 2: Outdoor photography ideas you can use anywhere
    PAGE 3: Final tips from our professional photographer
    PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
    PAGE 5: Shot of the Day

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