Landscape photographer Dave Morrow has just added a new installment of his Landscape Photography Journals on Youtube channel. Detailing his process of packing up for a 2-month photo exhibition, this new video contains some useful tips to help you prepare for your own travels.
In many ways, Morrow is quite an outsider in the world of photography. A few months ago, he made news when he deleted his social media and left a total of 1.5 million followers behind. And unlike his contemporaries, he doesn’t just go on weekend trips (for the sake of creating videos) but instead spends whole months in the wilderness. It goes to show that he doesn’t do it for the likes, but he truly invests his time and energy to create impressive work.
Although Morrow hasn’t reactivated his accounts, he has thankfully kept his Youtube channel. It only has 32,000 followers, which pales in comparison to many other photographers on the site, but he produces some of the most useful videos about landscape photography. I love his no B.S. approach to creating content. He only uses a GoPro, and only edits his videos for an average of 20 minutes. Furthermore, he even abides by a few rules whenever he discusses his gear:
- Buy everything in cash; no loans, no debt
- Don’t accept ‘free gear’ from sponsors or partners. Nothing is free. Devote all time to exploring & photography
- Don’t by anything until it has been 100% required on multiple trips. Less gear, more time for travel and photography
His new video shows everything he brings to his expedition. It includes kayaking, camping, and mountaineering gear which all fits in 4 storage bins. That’s quite a feat considering how much gear he has. Considering that he has an SUV and not a camper van, it only makes sense to keep everything organized and neatly packed.
Morrow also talks about how he trains for landscape photography “like it’s an endurance sport.” He typically carries a 50-60lbs. pack for trips, so he keeps himself in shape even when he’s at home. He mentions that he usually fills his backpack with 20-30lbs. of water and carry it around in preparation for his expeditions.
This video and the rest of Morrow’s Landscape Photography Journals may not have the highest production quality, but they feel more authentic than most videos you’ll see on Youtube right now. Instead of impressing you with fancy transitions, Morrows dives straight in and show you how to get things done. Just like his favorite novel On The Road by Jack Kerouac, his gonzo-style filmmaking flows freely and sucks you right in with useful nuggets of information.
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