What to bring on a Camera Etrusca photo trek workshop
- photographer’s sleeveless jacket/vest with plenty of pockets
- lightweight but sturdy tripod(with ball head or panoramic head) or bean bag
- Spare rechargeable batteries and charger
- adapter for continental plugs
- two (at least) 8Gb flash (memory) cards or a 16 Gb card
- portable external hard drive (at least 200Gb)
- good walking shoes/desert boots – important! Don’t wear open sandals when trekking
- waterproof poncho
- long trousers (think thistles)
- Backpack with loads of pouches
- gradual filter and filter holder
- neutral density filters
- point and shoot camera (if you have one)
- laptop (if you have one) and external portable hard-drive
- camera manual – very important if you’re not 100% familiar with the camera
- spirit level to fit hot shoe (for panoramic shots)
- sun cream, insect repellent and don’t forget your swimming costume!
A word about tripods. A tripod is indispensable for a landscape and travel photographer. You don’t HAVE to bring one because we can lend. However it is an essential piece of kit… and makes an ideal birthday present. A ball head is the most popular but for panoramic photography you may prefer a traditional 3 way head. In the picture below right: Manfrotto magnesium fibre 190 tripod with 486RC2 ball head
A video tripod (below) has three advantages: it is light, it is cheap, and it doesn’t matter if you lose it (and rest assured no one will ever steal it).
In the photo of the waterfall (below) we were caught in a thunderstorm and if Joe Leahy hadn’t had his waterproof cape and umbrella he wouldn’t have got a great series of photos of glistening rocks and rushing water. He also used a cheap but effective waterproof bag for the camera.
He also used a sturdy but light tripod.
Time Out in Orvieto
It’s not all work and no play! We cast you loose in Orvieto usually on Monday or Tuesday to do a bit of shopping, explore the town: the Cathedral, St Patrick’s Well, Orvieto Underground (beneath your feet are subterranean tunnels and caverns).
Or if you fancy a trip,The Eternal City ROME is only an hour away by train.
Bring your swimming costume. On a long day out we don’t return to Orvieto during the day and you’ll have the chance to sunbathe and take a swim in the lake, the Mediterranean which has fine sandy beaches as well as rocks, or as here in the cascade at Vulci where the water flows over black basalt rock and is surprisingly warm.
There are also hot springs on our itinerary which are truly inviting on a cool Autumn day………………or under the stars on a warm summer’s night.