A Gear Guide for Outdoor Photographers, with Bill Fortney

Landscape photographer Bill Fortney joins Matt Kloskowski in the studio to give his recommendations on the best photography gear for the outdoor shooter.

Bill gives his reasons for choosing camera bodies, lenses, filters, accessories and more. He explains why his experience has led him to choose the equipment he has in his bag and he explains to his viewers how to get the most out of their camera gear.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:15)

Matt Kloskowski introduces Bill and they discuss what will be covered in the course

Lesson 2: Lenses (Duration 06:02)

Strike a balance between too many lenses and too few

Lesson 3: Aperture and Lens Questions (Duration 13:42)

Bill answers some viewer questions about apertures, image stabilization, nano-coating, and more

Lesson 4: Camera Bodies (Duration 07:28)

Comparing Full Frame sensor and a APS sensor bodies

Lesson 5: Filters (Duration 11:41)

Bill and Matt discuss UV filters, polarizing filters, and neutral-density filters

Lesson 6: Accessories (Duration 10:47)

Accessories make being a photographer fun!

Lesson 7: Tripods and Ballheads (Duration 11:21)

The weight of a tripod does have an important relationship with its stability

Lesson 8: Camera Bags (Duration 07:11)

Bill shows off his favorites when it comes to cameras bags

Lesson 9: Keeping Your Gear Clean (Duration 08:29)

Some tips and tricks for keeping your gear in good shape

Lesson 10: Conclusion (Duration 02:16)

Bill tells viewers what his favorite landscape to shoot is

Meet Your Instructor: Bill Fortney

Bill is one of America's premier photographer's specializing in Landscape, close-up, nature, Americana, and travel. In his 44 year career, Bill has been a High School teacher and football coach,…


  1. It is always a pleasure to listen to Bill Fortney share his enthusiasm and knowledge of photography. Inspiring for every level of photographer.

  2. In the conversation about lens between FX and DX and sensors the authors did not talk about mega pixels and the affects of FX and DX lens on full frame and 3/4 frame cameras. A DX lens on a FX camera would result in an approximate 50% loss in pixels. An FX lens can not be put on a DX camera. These are important points that could have been discussed.

  3. One of things to talk about when discussing gear is to insure your gear. Professionals have their insurance but hobbyists can secure coverage through their homeowners or rental insurance. It gives you peace of mind knowing that if you accidentally drop your camera over a cliff, you are covered. And it is cheap!

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