Four Seasons Photo Tours

Photo Equipment, Gear, and Essential Belongings 

Items Participants should bring 

Preparation is the key to any successful photographic adventure so we have put together the following list of items to bring with you when attending one of our Photo Tours. Understanding our photo tours are scheduled at various times of the year and at various locations, the following list should be considered your basic essentials: 


  • Your favorite primary camera
  • Owner’s/Operating manual
  • Backup camera. It is advisable to bring a backup camera (if you have one) along with the owner’s manual. 
  • Extra

Batteries and a dedicated battery charger 


Digital Capture   

  • Flash card or whatever storage media you choose with ample space (1 GB)
  • An additional card or a device to download the images. It is recommended that you also bring your laptop or other means to view your images.

Lens*   We recommend you bring:  

  • Macro lens (105 or 200 mm)
  • Wide angle (20 to 35 mm)
  • Moderate telephoto (180 to 200 mm)
  • Lens hoods  


  • Circular polarizer for each lens you intend to use
  • Contrast filter lens
  • 81B filter (for film shooters)  

Camera bag/backpack (with a plastic bag or waterproof cover) 

  • We recommend a small to medium camera bag that will rest on your lap while traveling to various locations.  

Cable or electronic shutter release 

  • If you bring more than one camera, check to see if the cable release works on each camera.


  • Extra batteries 


  • Sturdy tripod
  • Carrying strap to haul your tripod into the field.

Cleaning and repair equipment; 

  • Lens cleaner
  • Lens cleaning cloth
  • Blower ball for dust
  • Q-Tips
  • Jeweler’s screwdrivers
  • A small clear plastic bag to protect your camera from dust and rain while changing lenses, film, or media cards.  

Protection for your camera gear  

  • Small trash bags or shower caps work well  

Extra-Extra batteries (for all equipment) 

Camera Manualand other instructional books for your camera equipment
lease read your manual and be familiar with how your camera works prior to attending our photo tour. Also bring your manual with you in a small plastic bag to review in the field if needed 

Clothing Come prepared for all kinds of weather (rain, cold, and heat). Considering we begin our morning shoot long before sunrise you should be prepared for cold mornings. Although the weather on the Palouse is usually stable from June through September, it is always a good idea to be prepared for rain.  

  • Layered clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap/hat
  • Rain gear
  • Gloves
  • Hiking boots/shoes (an extra pair of walking shoes)



  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Large water bottle that can be refilled
  • Alarm clock
  • Notebook
  • Small flashlight
  • Personal medication and special needs items  

*Wildlife photography.  You should anticipate several opportunities to photograph wildlife during your Palouse Photo Tour that will include white tailed deer, coyotes, and a variety birds. We recommend having at least a 200 mm with a 1.4x teleconverter for 35mm cameras. 

*Macro photography.  We will spend a considerable amount of time photographing several subjects up close including, wildflowers, crops, and rusty farm equipment found along our travels down the back roads that require the use of a macro lens for close-up work.   

As always, lenses are a matter of personal preference, but it's a good idea to include wide-angle, normal, and medium telephoto lenses to allow you to take advantage of a wide variety of subjects.  


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