This is what falls out when I dump out my big bag.

This isn’t meant to be a list of all the gear I use, I would scare myself. I am listing the things I get asked about the most and things that you might not find easily. This is gear that I have found to work great and that is the only reason I would list it. I do shoot Canon, only because I have for a while now and am heavily invested in lenses. 

Photo equipment

Rent gear from BorrowLenses
Rain Cover OpTech Rain Cover
Back Pack MindShift BackLight 26L
Traveling cases ThinkTank Airport Series Rollers
Lens heater (to keep condensation off during long very exposures): PROTAGE USB Warmer P-LH02

• Intermediate, Carbon Fiber: Sirui N-3204X Carbon Fiber N Series 4 Section Tripod (Contact Loren for a special deal he arranged)
• Starter, aluminum, includes ball head: Sirui 2004 Aluminum Tripod
• Ball Head – Really Right Stuff, the best you can buy. Pay the extra for the lever release clamp.

Water drops
Water drop controller: MKJZZ.com

YONGNUO Flash: YONGNUO Flash for Canon – YONGNUO Flash for Nikon 


• Aurora HDR
• StarStax
• Adobe I recommend the Photography Plan that includes Photoshop, Lightroom CC Classic and Lightroom CC

Computer Monitors

You want a monitor that has In Plane Switching (IPS) when viewing photographs. The one I use is no longer made but here are a couple of suggestions:

• Dell U2415 24″ Widescreen LED Backlit IPS Monitor – $279 at B&H
• BenQ PD3200U 32″ 16:9 4K IPS Monitor – $699 at B&H – if you’re doing 4K video


• The mother of all flashlightsCyclops Colossus 18-Million Candlepower Spotlight
• My workhorseStanley Fatmax
• Compact, powerful and waterproofNEBO Blast 1400-Lumen Handheld Flashlight 
Penlight COAST G20 Inspection Beam Penlight LED Flashlight, Black
Tiny and great: NEBO Redline FLEX 450-Lumen Flashlight

• Headlamp: Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

Cube light: MIRFAK Moin Micro LED

Solar Eclipse

Filter material: Baader Planetarium AstroSolar Safety Film Visual, 7.9×11.4 (20x29cm)
Smaller square sheets, different sizes Thousand Oaks Optical 4″x4″ Solar Filter Sheet for Telescopes, Binoculars and Cameras

Instructions for making solar filter: https://astrosolar.com/en/information/how-to/how-to-make-your-own-objective-solar-filter-for-your-camera-or-telescope/

Dealing With the Weather

• Waterproof glovesSeal Skinz Extreme Cold Weather Glove
• The mother of all winter gloves. I can control my camera without taking them off: The Heat Company Heat 3 Smart
• Overshoes. I love these, they fit over your hiking boots and let you walk in deeper water. NEOS 15-inch All Weather Overshoes
The winter ones are great too, they keep your feet warm and dry: NEOS 15-inch Winter Overshoes
• Crampons. They keep you from sliding around on the ice and snow. These are cheap but good as long as your aren’t doing major hikes. Cimkiz Plus

The fine print: some of these links are to affiliate pages where I get a very small percentage of each sale. I am not paid to endorse any products and I won’t list anything I haven’t tried or use myself.