The requisite skill level is knowing how to use Manual or Priority exposure modes, or at least a familiarity with them; you don’t have to be a “pro” by any means. If you need to learn how to use your camera, please consider taking Beginner Photography ONE before signing up. Smartphones will work, too. Feel free to connect with us (614) 427-1671 if you have any questions.
What should you bring? The short answer is whatever you want to carry. However, it is always best to pack light. Too much gear can get in the way and limit mobility. While any lens will work, a mid-range zoom or 35/50mm fixed lens is ideal. Daytime outings will generally have plenty of available light to take good photos with a kit lens, such as an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6. The latter part of the evening outings have less available light and will benefit from a lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8 and wider or a tripod, but are not necessary to have.
There will be a fair amount of walking as the group explores each area, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Safety for you and your gear is important; if an outing is canceled because of inclement weather, or any other reason, you are welcome to transfer to another outing or receive a full refund.