Be pre­pared

Be­fore it comes to pack­ing day, a bit of prepa­ra­tion will yield great re­sults when you’re out on the road

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For my road trip to Scot­land I may have over-pre­pared, but on the next two pages are some of the most use­ful things I took with me, in ad­di­tion to my cam­era kit.

I hadn’t done the trip be­fore, so I bought an Ord­nance Sur­vey map of Scot­land. It gave me a top-down view of my shoot­ing lo­ca­tions, that I then marked off with a pen­cil, and it showed the con­tour lines of the moun­tains, so I could see what sort of a hike I was in for.

An up­dated view of the world is great when you have power, so I also packed my smart­phone with Google Maps, and down­loaded some offline maps for those times when there was no sig­nal. I also up­dated my sat­nav, so I could rely on it to re­li­ably get me from place to place.

I also used my smart­phone to track the sun and the moon with The Pho­tog­ra­pher’s Ephe­meris tool, in or­der to help me plan ef­fec­tively. And the stars didn’t get away from me ei­ther, be­cause I also had the Sky Guide app pre-in­stalled to help me lo­cate par­tic­u­lar con­stel­la­tions. I op­ti­misti­cally added the Aurora app too, as there’s al­ways an out­side chance of au­ro­rae in the far North of Scot­land. And fi­nally, I also brought my lap­top so I could pick my favourite shots each day and edit them at din­ner time when there was not much else to shoot.

Check out my short but sweet kit list be­low to see the cam­era gear I took. It was all stripped back for trav­el­ling light, and so I only had the bare es­sen­tials. Once you’ve fa­mil­iarised your­self with my kit, and every­thing else I took, turn the page to dis­cover how I ap­proached my first shot at the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye.

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