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When you have started to fall in love with travel photography or if you are out on a vacation and want to be ready to capture images of your travels then you need to prepare at least the essentials when it comes to being a travel photographer.
There are a lot of things that you can bring with you during one of your exploits and it would depend on how much weight are you comfortable travelling with. In theory you can even bring a whole studio with you if you want, but you have to take into account a lot of factors.
One practical factor you must take into account is how much luggage you are allowed to bring when travelling through plane or by boat. Knowing this detail full well will help you plan out the things you want to bring more efficiently and help you avoid having to pay extra for excess luggage.
With that out of the way below is a list of some of the most important and essential camera gears you can choose to bring with you and help you experience a great time capturing your adventure.
- A Portable Tripod
There will be shots wherein you will need a stable and reliable tripod. Having one ready in your bag will be a total lifesaver; this is especially true when you come across a shot that needs a stable platform with an impossible angle for your camera to take. You will also need a tripod when you want yourself to be in the shot and there is no one (reliable) to take the shot for you. Just be sure to choose a tripod that is sturdy enough to bear the weight of your camera.
- Extra Memory Cards
When you have bought your camera you should already have researched the type of memory cards it supports as well as the size of the memory card that can work well with it. When out travelling you will never know when you will run out of memory and there might be no store in sight selling memory cards that you can conveniently go to. Having a couple of preformatted memory cards ready at hand helps you to continuously enjoy taking photos and videos of your travel. Have a system in place that helps you to quickly determine which of the cards have full memories and which are fresh.
- Extra Camera Lenses (preferably the nifty-fifty)
Having more than one camera lens to add variety to your shots is one of the best ways to make the most of your photography travel experience. A favorite among travellers, especially notorious street photographers is the ‘Nifty-Fifty’ lens. This is the nickname people give for the 50mm prime lens. This lens is a favorite since it is arguably one of the best lens to use for street photography that gives the photographer more realistic takes from the world around them.
- Extra Battery
Investing in good batteries for your camera is one of the best investments you can do when starting out in photography. Being a beginner requires you to take a lot of shots to help you improve your skills. Having an extra set of batteries will certainly help you with this goal.
These four are just some of the most common tools to bring when you are out on a photography adventure. There are more gears that photographers can’t do without out there and it is up to you to find out which of those are for you.