Daryl James Photography

Behind the Scene

Image: A collection of Nikon cameras including D7000,

Some of the gear used to produce my images 


  • Full-frame or medium-format camera: For high image quality and resolution
  • Interchangeable lens system: Allows for versatility in focal length


  • Wide-angle lens (e.g., 14-24mm): Captures expansive vistas and creates a sense of depth
  • Telephoto lens (e.g., 70-200mm): Isolates distant objects and compresses perspective
  • Macro lens (e.g., 60mm or 100mm): Captures close-up details of landscapes


  • Essential for sharp images, especially in low light or when using telephoto lenses
  • Sturdy, stable design to minimize camera shake
  • Adjustable height for different perspectives


  • Neutral density filter: Reduces light intensity, allowing for longer exposures or wider apertures
  • Polarizing filter: Reduces glare and enhances contrast, especially for sky and water
  • Graduated neutral density filter: Balances the brightness of different areas of the scene
Daryl James - Man with camera and flowing hair, photographing a scene.

Other Accessories:

  • Remote shutter release: For hands-free shooting to prevent camera shake
  • Lens hood: Blocks stray light and reduces lens flare
  • Camera bag: Protects gear and allows for easy transportation
  • Waterproof cover: Essential for protection in inclement weather
  • Headlamp: For nighttime photography or working in low-light conditions

Additional Considerations:

  • Weather resistance: Look for weather-resistant cameras and lenses for outdoor photography
  • Image stabilization: Helps minimize camera shake and improves image quality
  • Lens compatibility: Ensure your lenses are compatible with your camera system
  • Consider your budget: High-quality gear can be expensive, so prioritize essential items and gradually expand your collection
Nikon on tripos at lake - A camera on a tripod capturing the serene beauty of a lake.


Essential Equipment for Landscape Photography

In addition to a sturdy tripod, a high-quality lens is essential for landscape photography. A wide-angle lens with a focal length of 16-35mm is a good choice for capturing expansive landscapes, while a telephoto lens with a focal length of 70-200mm is ideal for capturing distant subjects or compressing the perspective.

A polarizing filter can help to reduce glare and reflections, and a neutral density filter can be used to darken the sky and balance the exposure. A graduated neutral density filter can be used to darken only the top or bottom of the frame, which can be useful for balancing the exposure in scenes with a bright sky.

  • Wide-angle lens: Captures expansive vistas with a wide field of view.
  • Telephoto lens: Brings distant subjects closer, enabling perspective compression and intimate compositions.
  • Sturdy tripod: Ensures sharp images during low-light conditions or when using slow shutter speeds.
  • Polarizing filter: Reduces reflections, enhances contrast, and brings out vibrant colors and details.