Summer is a favorite season for photo walking, especially for you cross-processing lovers. Here are some reminders on what to bring for some fun photo walking under the summer sun!
1. Low ISO films
Low ISO films are essential during summer photo walks, especially when you are using fixed aperture and fixed shutter speed cameras. I recommend you to use only ISO 100 and below. This also helps when you’re a sucker for depth of field like me. I always want to use my SLR on wide open apertures, so for a sunny day it is very important for me to load it up with low ISO films.
In some parts of the world, especially in tropical countries, summer heat is almost unbearable, so bringing water is also a must on your what-to-bring checklist. We don’t want to be dehydrated right? So it is very, very important to always drink water.
3. Extra clothes
Of course, walking under the sun will surely make you sweat cats and dogs so never forget to bring extra clothes. This one is very important if you are having a photo walk with your crush. You don’t want him/her to see your sweaty armpits right? Haha. Just make sure you bring comfortable ones.
Don’t want to be sunburned? Then never forget the sunblock! It helps you protect your skin from harmful sun rays at noon.
5. Umbrella or hat
Another one of the things that will protect you from the sun. Hats are more recommended, especially if you are a two-handed shooter, though an umbrella will also work as props for sudden photo shoots!
6. Changing bag or black jacket
There was one time when a friend was using a Holga camera with 35mm. The roll was finished and he needed to change film and rewind by hand but unfortunately no one had a changing bag. So what we did is use a black jacket inside a backpack and it worked quite well, save for a few light leaks. So I strongly suggest you bringing a changing bag as it might come in handy in case you suddenly decided to redscale a film!
6. Your friends!
And last but not the least, bring your friends! No matter how hot it gets, photo walking with your friends will always make it worth it. Friends come in handy too when you run out of subjects to shoot haha!
Have fun photo walking under the sun!