3 Things Every Travel Photographer Needs in Their Camera Bag
Have camera, will travel, right?
Even if you don't fly off to exotic locations with your photography gear in tow, there's a few items that will make your task of documenting your journey much, much easier.
From lenses to filters to travel tripods and everything in between, there's quite a bit of gear that's essential to get the shots you want.
It would be just about impossible to list off all the necessities you need (let alone all the cool gadgets that would be just plain fun to have).
However, what I can do is offer up a few suggestions for gear that will come in handy on your travels.
A Prime Lens
If you ask me, lenses today are better than ever, and regardless of the kind of camera system you have, there's better selection, too.
But for my money, there's no better travel photography lens than a short prime like a 24mm, 35mm, or 50mm.
Prime lenses offer plenty of benefits that will help you get better photos on your travels.
For starters, they're small and light, allowing you to carry them around for longer periods of time without getting as fatigued.
Many prime lenses also have very large maximum apertures, many of which are wider than f/2, so you can operate in low-light conditions and still get quality photos.
See why the 40mm pancake lens is a favorite travel lens of Monique Pantel in the video below:
Since they have fewer internal elements, prime lenses also produce images that are gorgeously sharp - something that's tougher to do with a zoom lens.
But perhaps best of all, without the benefit of a zoom, a prime lens forces you to think about each composition. You have to move around, look for interesting ways to frame the subject, and basically just work harder at your craft.
That's a great way to get a good shot and to improve your photography skills too.
Get some deeper insights into the value of shooting with a prime lens in this detailed guide.
A Good Filter Kit
A great way to enhance the quality of your photos even further is to outfit your prime lens with a filter.
Better still, take along a complete travel photography filter kit like the Elia Locardi Signature Edition by Formatt-Hitech, and you'll be outfitted for all kinds of travel photography situations.
Tackle long exposures with a 4-stop or a 10-stop neutral density filter that allows you to create gorgeous, movement-filled images like the one above.
Whether you want to blur water, show off lights of passing cars, or highlight the movement of the clouds across the sky, these filters fit the bill.
The Elia Locardi Signature Edition also comes with a soft-edge graduated neutral density filter. That means when you're shooting landscapes, you can more easily tame the dynamic range between the bright sky and the darker landscape.
That means you can spend less time processing your landscape shots to get control over the dynamic range and more time actually outside taking photos as you travel!
This incredible filter kit comes with other goodies too...
If you opt for the 100mm version (shown above), you also get Formatt-Hitech's amazing Firecrest 100mm filter holder, three step rings, a rotating adaptor ring, and a Firecrest 82mm ultraslim polarizing filter, which helps minimize glare and gives the sky a nice boost of contrast.
In other words, it's the complete filter kit you need for all sorts of photography exploits on your travels.
There are occasions when you travel when it's simply not practical to have a full-sized tripod.
What's more, you might not want to carry a full-sized tripod (even a travel one) around with you all day long.
But you still need something to stabilize your camera to ensure you get the sharpest images possible.
You can use HandlePod in a bunch of different ways to get better photos.
Use it as a grip for your camera so you can shoot still photos and videos with greater stability.
Place it on a table or another flat surface and use it as a quadpod too.
Heck, you can even just press it against a tree or another vertical surface to stabilize your camera for the shot.
It even comes with an integrated elastic cord, so you can lash it to a stationary object and get a few great group photos or selfies.
In other words, it's not just a handy tripod, but it's a multifunctional tool that will help you get better shots in more ways than one.
Making the Most of Your Travels
Travel photography isn't just fun because of the incredible variety of subjects you get to photograph.
It's fun because of all the gorgeous sights you get to see and the people you get to meet along the way.
There's a lot more photography accessories that will improve your ability to get better shots on your travels.
However, with a better lens, a good set of filters, and a sturdy little tripod, you'll be in a position to take better photos virtually immediately.
Now all that's left is to plan your trip and book your flight!