Travelling whether it is for business or leisure always requires a bit of forward planning …. what do I need to take with me do I have everything I need … I know I need to juggle this as well as trying to organise a husband and two young energetic boys … However, I’m not going to list the obvious travel photography accessories such as charger, spare battery and SD memory cards, although these are important I think that you will find these listed on most web pages.
I wanted to drill down with some other accessories that maybe are not thought of and are still worth having in your bag …..
A Top Notch Photography Bag …..
This one is an important one, there is no point spending a huge amount of money on a really good camera if you don’t have the bag to protect it in all conditions. When I first brought my camera which is a Cannon EOS 550D. I brought a Canon EOS bag to house all my travel photography accessories as well as the camera and lenses. The bag comes fully padded with adjustable compartments to store your lenses, camera, batteries and cables.
Although my bag is fairly simple it is compact which allows me to strap it across my body whilst travelling and it allows my hands free to hold my children’s hands and it is also compact enough not to take up too much room in the car, plane or while travelling on trains.
It is also weatherproof to allow those moments where you may get caught in the rain while out photographing the area that you are in.
I personally like bags that have been made by camera manufacturers such as Cannon. I have a Cannon camera bag and it just makes sense as they produce the cameras, they would ensure that their bags would be sturdy and padded enough to protect your camera.
Ensure that when you are shopping around for a camera bag you look for the following:
- Well padded bag
- Enough compartments to house at least two lenses and your camera
- Compartments for your chargers, battery and cables
Lens Cleaner – Microfibre
I ALWAYS have this in my camera bag it has been a god send on many occasions. There are lots out there but the one I use and like is the EOS Digital Micro fibre cleaner. It is small it is compact and it does the job!!!
I have had sand blow up at beaches, while visiting the pyramids in Egypt that have landed on my lenses. Having the lens cloth in my bag has saved me from getting some pretty grainy photos otherwise as it cleaned up my lenses well and I was able to continue photographing. Also sometimes when changing your lenses from a smaller 18-55 lens to a 75-300mm lens dust sometimes creeps into the camera.
Filters – Good Quality Ones
The first thing I did when I brought my new Cannon camera was to buy filters. What are filters? Good question filters are round good quality filter glass that screw onto the end of your camera lens primarily protect your camera lens.
Why get filters? Well the most important reason for getting filters is if they get scratched or damaged you can just buy new ones and replace them relatively easily and the cost is minimal. However, without filters and if you damage your camera lens then it will be a costly exercise to replace the original camera lens. I like the Tiffen brand of filters, they are cost efficient and good quality.
Filters help also to keep the dust out and any debris away from your original lens. Or in my case it helps to keep sticky toddler fingers from getting to my original lens!!!
I guess I am trying to small child proof my camera as well!
Filters can improve the clarity and sharpness of your photos, you can get polarising or ultraviolet lenses to enhance your photos. Personally I use the filters purely for protection of my original lens.
Reasons to get filter for your camera
- Protects your original lens
- Protects from dust and particles
- Child proofing
- Can help optimise the quality of your photos
Tripod – Gorilla Pod
Tripod although good to have some of them can be quite bulky to carry around. That’s why I love the Joby Gorilla Pod Tripod.
It’s easily one of the most useful travel photography accessories I’ve found! It looks like a toy and there are many sizes for different weights of cameras.
The flexible legs with high-grip rubber feet work as a standard tripod, or they can bend and rotate up to 360°. You can also wrap the GorillaPod around things like fences or posts really great for getting some unusual shots you wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to shoot.
My Camera Manual …. Just in case
I don’t know about you but I always have my camera’s manual tucked away in my camera case. Lucky for me mine is fairly small and compact so it is not an issue to have it with me in the camera bag.
I have it with me just in case for trouble shooting reasons. Should anything go wrong with my camera I have a reference guide I can go to quickly and easily. Sometimes you may not be in range of internet or WiFi or if you are travelling abroad it can be expensive to hook up to the internet to find out what the problem might be.
Organisation is key ….
Travel photography can be so much fun and having the right travel photography accessories is important. The ideas above I hope have given you some opportunity to think about other accessories you may not have thought about and it can be added into your camera bag for your next adventure.
If you think you have any other travel photography accessories that you like to travel with then please let me know I would be interested in your comments.
As always never stop learning and always practice, practice, practice where you can to get those terrific shots out there ….