When painting outdoors, I usually bring my camera with a short zoom lens and a cheap, lightweight travel tripod I purchased for $15, but my first objective is not to take photos! Instead I use this equipment to compose, crop, zoom in on details, or even get a wider view of a subject that interests me without having to move too much from place to place. The camera viewfinder acts as a frame, allowing me to see the composition vertically as well as horizontally for several different sketches. As a bonus, I can snap photos for future reference in the studio.
Artist and instructor Butch Krieger, of Port Angeles, Washington, is a contributing editor to The Artists Magazine.