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Yosemite Trip Gear

Chris Burkard

The Outdoor Photography Experience

Chris Burkard

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Lesson Info

5. Yosemite Trip Gear

Lesson Info

Yosemite Trip Gear

we're about to take off for a little one and a half day trip to you somebody um a big part of what I really wanted teo kind of teaching this workshop was sort of how I approach I guess shooting in the outdoors and sort of on a spec non assignment and that's exactly what I'm doing I'm basically just doing a road trip with some friends and I wanted to kind of invite creative live along for the ride so um I wanted to go through some of the gear that I'm bringing see you guys can kind of see how I'd essentially pack for a trip like this where I'm gonna be shooting obviously just the stuff that I want to be doing in general but also prepare myself for like great you know is there going to be a good opportunity for star trails they're going to be opportunity maybe shoot a couple ten shots or a couple of camping scenes just like the most you know for me is it really about prepping and being ready for those things you know the more obviously you know the less you need so if I can um kind of pa...

red down to the essentials it really helps I guess the flow and enjoyment of kind of ah weekend trip where I'm still going to be shooting a little bit but also really they're just have fun so that being said we're in my kind of part of my office and I'm going to go through the essentials so I'm bringing with me a tripod um lightweight uh nice one that I could backpack with I want to go out in the wilderness for a couple days I'm also going to bring a small joby just something that I could uh I could basically throw on a ledge maybe shoot a time lapse like that um panel heads have used before it's really nice views and mere lis cameras something I could you know do a stitch across you know the valley or something like that and then I have my camera bag so camera bags here f stop one of their new mountain siri's packs in here I've got uh just kind of go through the basics but I've got three headlamps um I always bring extra because usually people I'm travelling with forget them so I try to bring extras for that reason so three headlamps um pretzels and a black diamond side pouches filter kit school mind shift filter kit bag which has got you know a variety of filters as well as a grad in here um kind of a backup graduated neutral density filter um also bring like a pretty nice lucroy uh graduate neutral density filter as well got that as well for the trip on let's go to the other side here this side patches have lens cleaning cloth so I usually just kind of leave these in my camera bag or my favorite things to do and like I said I'm really all about practicality with photography and with approaching scenes because for me you know some of my best imagery has come from spontaneous off the cuff road trips where I'm just in an environment that inspires me so always want to be kind of prepared for these moments and and never really for me at least focusing too much on the tech side of things and I think there's little things that can help go a long way in that regard and this is just like a micro fiber blanket or your towel rather that I just cut up and uses the camera cloth really soft works great plus it has an awesome little like little clip basically that you can put it to any little piece of equipment so things like this they come in so much handy you know just getting any outdoor store um going through gear so in here I've got two things um I have my uh my basically my everyday camera kit just everything I need pretty much right in this little guy right here and I've got this like this because I'm not the type person that wants to hike up my backpack to a spot set everything down pull it out usually when I'm shooting and I'm pretty actively shooting in one area I'll just have a shoulder bag where I can grab my cameras in and out of constantly kind of shooting and moving around so this provides me really cool opportunity to basically just take this out of my backpack and shoving into a tiny little mountain smith shoulder bag um and this thing's great just pops into here right and then I've got and awesome little thing that I can hike with it's a full on um lumbar pack right works really good so what's inside this well let's explore that I have my sixteen to thirty five sony a seven to uh with a polarizer and I have a twenty four to seventy uh with a polarizer also memory cards which I will keep this bag as well in addition to that I've got enough stop I see you they can kind of sit basically inside my bag I guess if I'm actively shooting will be pulling stuff out of here and putting into there and replacing it so if it's nighttime I'm gonna come to my camera bag and I'm to say k it's nighttime now I want to shoot within a seven s it's the optimal camera to shoot evening stop for hire so and I have a couple of lenses that I've kind of brought for that um I have the new twenty eight millimeter f to sony lens that has a fisheye adaptor on it if I want to shoot f to you know ultra wide landscapes or something like that this is all my a seven s um I also have my kind of my go to nighttime lens which is this twenty four uh f one for rookie non lens so most of my evening stuff I'll shoot with this lens as well from doing time lapses of stars like that um also having here a small little nikon waterproof camera so I don't really plan to go there and shoot with my underwater housing but I love this little camera because if I'm going to be somewhere where I just need a shove something into the water I'll bring this and go pro or an action cam and I'll be good to go right so it gives me the opportunity to basically just you know get a creative angle on a cool waterfall or get a creative angle on a cool space that I haven't been before or maybe shoot someone in the water with you know kayak or this and that and this can kind of do that so just something simple if the weather turns to crap is well it's a great camera have on him ah blower a little arctic butterfly um brush just to clean the sensor just in case and then a big grad that I can use for you know shooting landscapes and whatnot so that's the basic camera kit that I'm bringing let's move teo I guess the outdoor gear so we can kind of see what essentials and like I said there's there's a multitude of different things you could shoot in your seventy valley or really anywhere in the sierras or outdoors but for me it's it's more about finding a balance between two things first of all enjoying the place you're going to since this isn't a commercial shoot or it's not editorial shoot as well as bring enough here so that you kind of have what you need just in case right ninety percent of the stuff well I won't use most likely and I think most photographers would agree they end up you know bringing all this gear then abusing one lens one camera the entire time but at the same time never really know so being prepared for those situations is kind of crucial that's that uh solomon shoes that go with me I'll have a tiny little bag that's you know just has a laptop in some chargers in there it's got like camera chargers and some other things gold zero charges I can also charge my cameras with just in case things kind of started pleading a lot of batteries maybe I'm running a lot of time lapses or something and I need some extra juice this is just stuff so I can stay on the road be out in the field working rather than go back to a car used twelve old or something like that also my laptop and some other charges in this large terex back like I said really we're just going on and on kind of a road trip so we're not planning to do a big strenuous hiker and you think that but if in fact that opportunity arises and we want to get an awesome view of vernal falls or nevada falls at night I'm gonna bring that gear is well so I'll bring ultra light kind of backpacking backpack this is like a ark terex kaminsky backtrack where I have side access in case I want to put a camera bag in here a little icy like gonna shove it inside here along with my tent sleeping bag and some essentials uh tracking polls black diamond trading pools and then basically this is just kind of a road trip um car camping sort of duffel that has my sleeping bag it's got a pad you know pad it's got my my whole tent unit in here which is a nemo to person tent as well as a hammock right so kind of all the essentials just kind of put into this big bag because ninety percent of the time we're car camping we're camping you know ten feet from our car but if in fact I need to go somewhere I can shove all this into my backpack with a camera and I could go hit the trails and that's kind of the the objective here I think is to to be a pair for both right bring enough gear where if I have some other awesome opportunities to shoot some stuff I'm prepared for that but also if I need to go super lightweight pared down I can do that as well um the only other thing I I'm gonna bring is this guy which looks like a box and it is a box it's a kayak uh kind of builds out into a cock it's just a portable unit so it's really fun like get on the water maybe I want to shoot a perspective of half dome I've never seen before and I want to get on the water on the mayor said and shoot a perspective or shoot someone cracking through river this is kind of a cool little tool tohave along the way and doesn't take up much space in my van so um yeah I'll come with me and that is pretty much that's pretty much that so I'm going to get packing

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Shooting outdoor photography is a powerful way to commune with nature and experience the fullness of life. Learn how to train your eye on incredible shots and convey the energy of the outdoors in The Outdoor Photography Experience with Chris Burkard.

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I've been staying up all night to watch the live broadcast. As somebody else here mentioned (latsok), it's emphasizes on the non-technical aspects (emotion, engagement, colour and composition) rather than the technical stuff like shutter speeds, iso and f-stop. Although I can use some help in both, the technical aspects are not only camera specific but fairly objective as well. The non-technical aspects however are something much harder to grasp. Getting help in this by no-one less than Chris Burkard is just amazing. I bought this class so I can re-watch certain parts of the broadcast again whenever I need it. But also to show my appreciation for Chris Burkard and Creative Live for providing this great online course!

Matt Redfern

This class was packed full of amazing knowledge. I really enjoyed the topics covered and have found it super helpful for my work. I have had so many takeaways ranging anywhere from how to put myself out there, finding my style that stands out, practical applications, etc. I would highly recommend this class to everyone interested in photography! Big thanks to Chris and CreativeLive for putting this together.


This was a phenomenal class. I highly recommend it to anyone. Chris is not only a sensational photographer, he is a wonderful teacher. He provides such detailed information and freely gives same to his students. He is really really available and eager to answer questions and so easy to understand. I learned so much and I was thrilled. I am very very grateful I found this particular class.