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3 Essential Landscape Photography gears

These items will make a landscape photographer’s work faster and easier.

Over the years on my photo tours, I have seen many photographers struggling to manage their equipment, especially when it comes to shooting panoramas, simply because they did not own these three key items. These are essential tools that not only make field work faster and smoother, but also improve the quality of the photos, especially if you are into panoramic shots.

During pre-tour sessions where I explain to clients what they need to bring with them, these three components are always included:

Leveling Base

The leveling base, mounted between the tripod and the ball head, greatly simplifies the process of leveling the tripod. Owning a level tripod proves useful in many circumstances, but it becomes indispensable when you want to capture a panorama.

One does not always find oneself in comfortable situations on flat terrain, especially in landscape photography, where one often finds oneself in extreme locations, with the tripod submerged in water, among rocks, on slopes and in awkward positions. It is precisely in these photographic compositions that basic leveling proves extremely useful, almost indispensable.

With a quick and easy gesture, you can get a perfectly level base in bubble level, positioned between the tripod base and the ball head. Imagine setting the tripod legs between the rocks of a river while you are photographing a majestic mountain with a waterfall in the foreground. Using this leveling base, within seconds you will be ready to capture your extraordinary photographs.

I personally use the Sunwayfoto Leveling Base DYH-68

Ring Lens Support

Having an L-Bracket is essential to position your camera vertically and shoot in portrait mode, maintaining a central and stable position, without getting off balance by tilting the ball head 90 degrees. This is a basic necessity if you wish to capture panoramas, as it allows you to rotate the camera on the fulcrum of the ball head without creating a circumference around the fulcrum during rotation.

Maintaining a proper vertical position of your camera will also be useful if you do not intend to capture panoramas. You will be able to work on your camera by tilting it up and down much more easily and quickly. In addition, you will be able to easily position it in bubble by controlling the electronic level on your display, achieving superior stabilization with less vibration.

Your work will become even more precise and efficient with a Ring Lens Support, which, compared to an L-Bracket, is even faster and more flexible. Thanks to this Ring Lens Support, changing the position of the camera from horizontal (landscape mode) to vertical (portrait mode) is extremely easy: just unscrew a screw, rotate the camera and change the position, without the need to detach and reattach the camera on a ball head.

You also gain stability and centered, because it keeps the lens in the center of the setup, bringing the nodal point closer to the fulcrum. 

I recommend checking out the Sunwayfoto Ring Lens Support

Indexing Rotator

An Indexing Rotator panning Clamp is extremely essential if you want take panoramas. Depending on the focal length of the lens you use, you can adjust the degrees of overlap between photos by rotating the camera. Simply set the rotator to the correct degrees, and when you rotate the camera, you will feel that it locks into the correct position, ready for the next shot.

Imagine yourself making a night panorama, and with each shot, you have to turn on the light, calculate the degrees of rotation, position the camera, and shoot. It is a tedious and slow process. By using an Indexing Rotator, your workflow will become faster, accurate, and you will not make overlapping mistakes.

As an example, I would like to point out the Sunwayfoto Tripod Head Panoramic Indexing Rotator panning clamp; you can place it on top of your tripod head, attaching your camera to it, for effortless, high-quality panning.

Conclusions 

Over the years, I have learned the importance of optimizing and speeding up your workflow during the field shooting phase. This not only avoids the disappointment of coming home and finding that you did not get the shots you wanted, but also allows you to fully immerse yourself in the wonders offered by nature at that moment, giving you more time to explore and fully capture the essence of the moment.

The author

Giulio Cobianchi

Hello, I am Giulio Cobianchi, a full-time landscape photographer and co-founder of Gotophototour. Passionate about travel and photography, especially nightscapes photography, I enjoy combining these two elements by exploring and capturing landscapes where wild nature shines at its best. Through Gotophototour, I can pursue my passion, share it with others, and guide them to discover and immortalize the most fascinating places in the world.
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