Are you ready to sign-up? If so, here are the basic essentials of what you will need!

To make this workshop the most enriching experience possible, I am strongly recommending that your basic camera kit include the following:


1) Camera Body – it is not necessary that you have two camera bodies but if you do have two camera bodies you are certainly welcome to bring both. Whether you are using a DSLR or a Mirrorless i.e. Nikon Z7II or Canon R5, you will fit right in as Bryan is fully versed on all DSLR and Mirrorless camera systems. (And if you prefer to shoot with film, you will be equally welcomed!)

2) Lenses –

  • For students with a crop sensor camera (i.e., Canon 70D, Canon T3, Nikon D5300, Nikon D7200, Nikon D500, etc.), you will be reasonably well equipped for the workshop if your lenses offer the focal lengths from 18mm-300mm. If you have focal lengths from 12mm-300mm, and a macro lens (or a Canon 500D filter to emulate a macro lens), no subject matter will be out of reach.
  • For students with a full frame camera (i.e., Canon 5DMarkIII, Nikon D810, Nikon D750, etc.), you will be reasonably well equipped if your lenses offer the focal lengths from 28mm-300mm. If you have focal lengths from 14mm-400mm or 500mm, and a macro lens (or a Canon 500D filter to emulate a macro lens), no subject matter will be out of reach.

3) Flash – if you own a portable flash, bring it. If you do not own a flash, DO NOT buy one.

4) Filters – 

  • A circular polarizing filter.
  • A 3-stop or 4-stop ND filter is optional, but not necessary.  
  • A 10-stop aka “Big Stopper” ND filter can be useful for long exposures, but is not necessary.
  • We have stopped asking students to bring an FLW filter and instead we provide instructions to customize the white balance in camera to provide the same magenta effect.  If you have not done so already, feel free to follow the step-by-step instructions in this video.  If you need help with it, we will take care of it during the workshop. 

5) Tripod – a lightweight but sturdy tripod with a sturdy tripod head.

6) Laptop – If you would like to download and review your photos during the workshop, feel free to bring your laptop.  But if you are looking to lighten your load, the laptop is optional.  

7) Memory cards – at least 128 GB of memory card(s). Rarely does a student fill up a 128 GB card in a single day of shooting and you will have the opportunity to download your images in the evening and start anew the next morning with a clean card.

8) Batteries – bring extra batteries and a charger for your camera and flash, if applicable. DON’T FORGET to bring the necessary electrical adaptors for your charger when doing workshops outside of your home country.

9) Camera bag – a backpack or camera bag with wheels are pretty commonly used but remember that wheeled bags can be difficult to navigate along beaches, in deserts or mountain trails.

10). Cable release – a locking electronic cable release for long exposure, blue hour and nighttime photography.


We are going to make some lasting memories together – PROMISE!


All my best-
Bryan F Peterson


For questions or to be added to the waitlist of a SOLD OUT workshop, send an email to Lisa Phillips at [email protected]