Equipment Check List:
For many of you, this may be your first photography tour and not only are you unsure of what to do and how this will go, you may be overwhelmed with what to bring! Do not worry, we are here to help!

Please understand there will be various levels of photo participants on this trip. If you are a serious photographer, really adhere to what we are saying below. If you are the one traveling with the serious photographer, we will still be instructing you as much or as little as you want as long as you paid the photographer rate.

If you are a beginning photographer we will help you every step of the way! We are here to help EVERYONE. If all this seems a little daunting for you, no worries, we will help you get what you want/need for this trip. There is no need for you to feel intimidated or out of place if this is your first trip with McKay Photography Academy.


Recommended Gear for a Tour:

 Camera(s)* (Having a backup body is recommended – at the minimum a point and shoot as a backup)

 Camera Lenses (a wide angle, medium range and telephoto) See Lens Choice Guide

 Comfortable Camera Strap (Check out the SpiderHolster system below)
 Camera Bag (We love ThinkTank/Mindshift Gear-See below)
 Lightweight Bag for day excursions (ThinkTank TurnStyle or Mindshift)
 Plenty of Memory Cards (Multiple 64GB, 128GB cards)
 Batteries & Charger (3 batteries recommended) 
 Tripod AND an extra plate- See Tripod Guide
 Cable Release/Intervalometer – (You can also use the built in self-timer for long exposures.)
 Laptop – (Optional but recommended for editing.) 
 External hard drive – (For images storage & backup)
 Rain Sleeve – (Covers your camera and allows for shooting in rain)
 Small Flashlight or Headlamp. 
 Lens cloth or lens wipes
 Knee pads for kneeling on rocks and comfort


*Back Up Camera Body
We always recommend a backup camera body or even a simple basic backup camera. Even a point and shoot is better than nothing. Due to the busy schedule we are likely unable to get to camera stores etc, if your camera goes down, it obviously creates a real issue for you. For very little extra money, you should consider renting a backup camera body, camera or bringing a small point and shoot back up for this trip! The last thing you want to do is get all the way to our destination and NOT get great images! See LensProToGo gear rental below! Unfortunately WE ARE NOT ABLE TO LOAN OUT GEAR IF YOURS GOES DOWN!

Please see other post in regards to specifics on gear items such as lens choice, filters, tripods and more.