When we think about traveling, we should make a checklist that will allow you to maximize our travel shooting. I will not cover the camera and lenses in this post because I will leave that up to you. What I will go over is gear that might get forgotten because we are just concerned about getting our camera into the bag although the camera is excellent to have it doesn’t work very well without some accessories.
You should always have an external drive. If you are going to take a ton of photos, this is an important one because you should be planning to shoot and shoot some more. When you are done for the day data, dumping is a great way to stay organized on the fly. I use this every time I travel because it allows me to get the organization process started early. Having the ability to data dump will also allow you to keep those memory cards free for all the great stuff you will find.
This is one that you would rather have and not need than not have and need. When you are exploring a new place, you don’t know what type of photos you are going to take. We should always have a tripod in our bag because it opens the door to long exposure shots, and it also allows you to be more flexible in your shoot. Even if you don’t want to lug around a big tripod, you should at least have a small tripod just in case the moment arises. This will help with landscape photography and get you better content.
Although you should always have a lens hood with you, it is so much more when you are on vacation or traveling. Sometimes you can’t shoot at the exact time that you want to so having a lens hood will allow you to block out some unwanted light and take away the glare. On sunny days you will need this, and if you don’t have it in your bag, you need to get one in your bag if you don’t know how valuable they are until you use one. So if you don’t have one, you can pick one up reasonably inexpensive on amazon.
Another one that has to do with light is filters. If you don’t use them, I strongly recommend them because it will help you combat bad light. This will be great if you want to do long exposures as well as it will help cut down that light, especially when you are working with exposures that let too much light in. So it is essential to use a filter and help cut down that light. It will also work well when you are looking at shooting landscapes because you will be able to get a clearer picture.
There is nothing worse than not having any batteries when you need them. You want to have enough power throughout your day to make sure that you are shooting as much as possible. I have never run out of battery power because I take this one very seriously and plan when it comes to making sure my camera is ready to go. There is nothing worse than being in the moment, and finding your battery is dead. So make sure you stock up on at least one or two extra this would be dependant on how much shooting you do.
Extra Memory Cards
We can fit a lot of images on a card, but that doesn’t mean that you should be without extra space. Depending on what you are shooting in and I wouldn’t imagine it would be anything but Raw images if you are going to edit later. You don’t want to be left holding the bag because you ran out of memory space. Of course, we talked about dumping your data earlier in this post but if you forget or can find the time it helps to have an insurance policy and make sure you can keep shooting without deleting images you might want later.
I’ve gone over some essential gear that will help you get the most out of your travel photos. We need to take our camera gear seriously when we pack because it usually ends up being the stuff that we are more inclined to forget. Make sure that you make a list and double-check it because it will end up helping you in the long run. Also, we don’t want to take for granted the minor things that can make a big difference.
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