There is no doubt that good preparation is half the work before going out into the wild.
Nothing is more frustrating than having a spectacular view in front of your camera and missing that perfect shot because you forgot a crucial piece of equipment.
It all starts with a good bag or backpack, just enough space and not too heavy. I'm using the Lowepro Backpack Flipside 300 AW II Camo Pixel. It's a medium-sized backpack printed with camo motive. Below you see a collage of all the equipment that goes into my bag (except the monopod attached to the outside).
Do you need all that equipment?
The answer is: No! A camera, a lens, a battery and a memory card are enough, but you will find out soon that to cover specific situations you need specific equipment:
Every item in my bag has its function!
Can I create a backup during the shoot? Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD 1Tb.
Do I have enough memory cards? 2x SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-II Cards.
Do I have a stable tripod or monopod to avoid shaking? Sirui P-424SR Monopod.
Can I move the camera in all directions? Sirui L-10 Tilt Head.
Can I make a perfect 360° panorama photo? Novoflex VR-System Slim.
My lens is dirty, can I clean it? Lenspen.
My telelens has not enough reach? Fujinon XF 1.4X TC WR Teleconverter.
My camera or lens is dirty, can I clean it? Giottos Rocket Blower.
Can I create a wide-angle landscape photo? Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS.
Can I make a macro photo? Fujinon XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.
An essential part: Fujifilm X-T3 with battery grip.
Is the subject far away? Fujinon XF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.
There is not enough light? Godox TTL Li-ion Round Head Camera Flash V1F.
There is too much sunlight for video recording? Polar Pro ND Filters (Shutter Collection).
Remote controlled video/photo camera to avoid disturbing wildlife? DJI Osmo Pocket.
Can I observe the surroundings without moving the camera? Nikon Monarch HG 10x42.
Do I have enough power? 6x Li-ion NP-W126S Batteries.
Something to eat: Mentos!
Can I create long exposure photos? Lee Big Stopper (10-stops ND Filter).
I want to minimise the reflection of the water surface? B+W Slim Circular Polarisation Filter.
There is too much sunlight for video recording? Hoya Variable ND Filter.
I want to be sure that the colours are correct! X-Rite Colorchecker Passport.
With all this equipment listed above in my bag, I can cover every situation!
Dirk Beckers is a hobby wildlife & nature photographer living in Antwerp (Belgium). Fujifilm is mostly the gear I prefer but sometimes Nikon has a place in my bag. Aside from some exposure, sharpening, noise reduction and basic colour corrections, I don't spend much time post-processing my photos. I believe that good photographs are accomplished outdoors, in the field, and not in front of the computer. That's the essence of my photography. Click here for more.