April 2021 // The Travel Edition

Tools and Techniques for Epic Landscape Photography | Ryan Brown

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Cameras, lenses and accessories are tools. As with anything else, you always need to have the correct tools for the job. For my style, I travel as light as possible. One of the most important tools I have is my tripod. A carbon fiber tripod is a must-have companion. Carbon fiber is not only a lightweight material, but it is also one of the best for absorbing vibrations. This makes a carbon fiber tripod a great addition to any kit. On top of my tripod, I always use an Acratech Arca-Swiss-style ball tripod head. With my shooting style, it is important to have absolutely no camera movement, and this head does the job. Last, instead of a tripod plate only on the bottom of the camera, I use L-plates. This allows secure mounting in both landscape and portrait orientations. For cameras, the Canon EOS R5 and R6 are my current favorites. These both have different use cases. For me, it is important to have the detail of the 45mp sensor of the R5 for most landscapes. On these bodies I use three main RF lenses: the RF 15-35 f/2.8, RF 24-70 f/2.8 and the RF 70-200 f/2.8. The 24-70 is my most-used lens. I have found that for my preference, the 15mm side of the 15-35 is just a bit too wide. There are some accessories that are important for my landscape work. The first is a remote release. I use the Canon TC-80N3 remote because of its ability to not only lock exposure, but also to show a digital readout timer. For filters, I always have both my Benro Master screw-in filters and my drop-in Nisi filter system. My bag is also a vital tool. For hiking trips, I use the Tenba Axis 20L backpack. Weight distribution is an important factor for me, and this fits the need.

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