What to wear? What to wear?
Mom always said to wear clean underwear in case you were ever in a car accident. To this day, that wisdom stays with me. Underwear aside, there are other important considerations to take when dressing for landscape photography.
I’ve written about this before but I think it bears repeating. When shooting outdoors, dress to stay dry and warm.
You can’t see the frost in this photo but the grasses and leaves behind me were covered in it. It was -3 Celsius. Not cold by Alberta standards but cool enough that if you’re not dressed for it, you don’t want to be out for too long.
For the next hour and a half while I was shooting, if I hadn’t been prepared, I would have been in the Rav with the heater blowing trying to warm up and missing the best light of the day.
I usually shoot close to the ground which means I am often lying down. I was crouched on some wet rocks a couple of meters from shore for this photo. The waterproof outer pants I was wearing not only kept me dry when kneeling but warm. Getting wet means getting cold.
Under the waterproof pants wear anything but jeans. Denim looks nice in photos but they wick up the slightest bit of moisture and before you know it, your jeans are wet up to your knees.
It isn’t winter yet but it was cool enough to be wearing a pair of light gloves. They were just heavy enough to keep the chill from my hands. These are also used as mitten liners in the winter when it gets godawful cold.
Half an hour later I found myself running along a creek, splashing through the shallow water to get to my next shooting spot. Sneakers or any kind of fabric shoes would have been soaked. A pair of waterproof, good quality hiking boots not only keep you dry but support your ankles on the slippery boulders.
A warm hoody with large pockets is next and if it’s windy or raining I usually wear a light waterproof and windproof shell.
That about does it for clothing. There is one more important tip I have for you.
I use a remote shutter release and have lost many over the past few years. You know the kind. They are about a half a meter long and plug into the side of your camera body. They always seemed to get caught in a twig or tall grass and before I knew it, I’d be searching for the lost release instead of taking pics.
I now use a piece of thick copper wire and loosely tie the release to my camera strap. If the release ever pulls out, which it has, it remains attached to the strap.