Flower and orchid tours are popular in China. Lots of Chinese embark on these tours every year and the number of International tourists on these tours is increasing every year. If you are planning to go on a wildflower photography tour you need to carry the right kind of equipment. Here we take a look at the must-have equipment on these tours.
You can take your point and shoot camera on an orchid photo tour to China. Yes these cameras have come a long way and can even match the previous generation of DSLRs. Some even try and use their smartphone cameras and this is no surprise given the tons of shooting and touch-up apps available these days. But if you are a seasoned shutterbug you can’t do without a DSLR. They offer you lots of creative options both while shooting as well as editing those images. In short no other equipment would be able to match a DSLR when it comes to quality of the image.
You aren’t shooting a wild animal but wildflowers. They are going to remain where they are albeit the wind factor. To get those perfect shots you always need to carry a tripod and not just an ordinary one but that comes with a good head. You may want to click those beautiful flowers with extremely low shutter speed and in such cases you want to keep the camera steady which is impossible without a tripod. Since you are shooting flowers make sure your tripod can go as low as possible since some of the best species of wild flowers tend to bloom few inches above the ground.
# Telephoto Lens
If you really want to explore all the creative options with wildflower photography your normal lens isn’t good enough. By default you should mount a telephoto lens on your camera. While seasoned shutterbugs would always suggest you a 70-300mm, a 70-200mm would also work well in your case. The longer focal length works to your advantage as it would allow you to click sharp images of wildflowers while isolating and blurring the background. If you are planning to buy one for your photography we suggest you pick one that has extremely short focusing distance which will allow you to get close to the flowers and choose your subject well.
# Macro Lens
While a telephoto lens is the minimum requirement for anyone who wishes to click beautiful images of wildflowers in the open a macro lens adds to your creative options. You may have come across beautiful images of flies and insects sitting around on the flowers while browsing through Pinterest and Instagram. Most of these are shot using a macro lens. It allows you to shoot images where you aren’t bothered about the depth of field and while its focal length will allow you to click the best blurred backgrounds which add to the creative presentation of the images.
# Wireless Shutter Release
This will cost only a few dollars but when it comes to wildlife photography can do a world of difference to your image. As you would know the best way to click sharp images is to keep your camera as steady as possible. While the tripod would prevent any lateral moment of the camera the slightest vertical moment while using your fingers can prevent you from achieving those perfect images. This is where a wireless shutter release makes the job easy for you. With your hands free you can also optimize the light on the subject with a diffuser or even prevent wind from spoiling your image.
Pack your kit and you are all set for a wonderful wildflower and orchid photo tour to China. We are sure these would help you click some memorable photographs.
Lun Li is a wildflower enthusiast and suggests the best wildflower photography and orchid photo tour to China. As an active blogger he regularly writes articles around them.