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Top tips for landscape photography in the Kimberley | Western Australia

27 Oct 2021 -- Posted by : Pamela

Your getting ready to visit the Kimberley and want to get the best landscape images possible, here are my top tips.

1. Bring your camera's manual, digitally if possible.  Download it before you leave home so you can research how those settings work that you havent used for a while out in the field.

2. Bring a sturdy tripod that is easy to use. The are lots of good quality compact tripods on the market that can fit into your suitcase. I recommend a ball head with a L bracket (if possible) they are so quick and easy to use.

3. Bring your ND filters, solid and graduated plus a good quality polarising filter.  Use these when your camera is mounted to your tripod or when doing ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

4. Protection for your camera gear. How are you travelling?  Will you need lots of padding in your camera bag to protect your gear from vibrations in a 4WD?  Will it rain, will there be lots of dust, will it be humid, are you near water?  As well as your usual camera backpack you may need to pack a wet bag and/or smaller backpack for carrying and extra lens, some snacks and water for bush walks away from your base.

5. Camera and lens cleaning brush and wipes.

6. Selecting the right lenses for a visit to the Kimberley is always hard due to the variation in photographic genres.  Photographing stormy skies at Cable Beach or Boabs with Red-tailed Black Cockatoo's?   A bit of research goes along way.  Will you be shooting the milkyway and nightsky's?  What about birds and wildlife, do you need a lens for them?  Because I shoot alot of different subjects I usually have my 24 - 270mm lens with me, my 150-600 wildlife lens and if it's astro time my 14mm. Plus, plus plus.

7. If your not going on a photography tour research your locations before you leave home, so you have an idea of where you want to be and at what time and date.

8. If you want to confirm times and locations for sunset, sunrise, moonset and moonrise, blue hour, golden hour, milkyway and the list goes on, down load the PhotoPills app for your mobile device.  It will be the best thing you ever do.

9. If you like to edit on the go, make sure you set your software to use off-line, as it can be frustrating if your out of range for a couple of weeks and it blocks you from starting it up.

10. Be safe and have fun.  The Kimberley is a remote location so be prepared and don't take unnecessary risks when you are out in the field.

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