Travel photography is one of those great things in life; you get to go to some of the world’s most beautiful places, where the landscape is raw and untouched, and the sun reddens at dusk and dawn.
Free from urban sprawls, you’ve got the opportunity to shoot those once-in-a-lifetime photographs that you always dreamed about, be it a family of villagers living in a sunken shack along the Mekong river in China, or a snow-capped mount Matterhorn around midday. To make sure your trip is as good as it can be, there are a few camera accessories you should consider taking along. Forgetting the little things can be a detriment to your journey and the quality of work your produce. So here’s a rundown – which should serve as a nice reminder – of some accessories you should consider taking with you.
International Plug Adaptor
There are a lot of different plug sockets around the world. Just like any of us wouldn’twant to be caught short with the wrong phone charger when we land in Moscow, you as a travel photographer should also take the necessary precautions so that you can charge your camera batteries wherever you are. Investing in an international plug adaptor is inexpensive and will save you from swearing “why the f*** are there so many plug sockets in this world?!” (Yes, we’ve been there).
You’re probably by now really used to your trusty tripod, and we don’t blame you. But tripods are nothing if not really heavy and generally big. Lugging them halfway around the world can be a real drain if you want to be free on the open road to take photographs whenever the mood takes you. They can hold you back. So, we suggest investing in a monopod which gives you a steady hand but which weighs much less in your luggage. Even better, a monopod is less hassle to set up, so if you’ve got a shot that simply can’t wait – such as a cheetah about to pounce on its prey in the wild – they come highly recommended.
We all need memory cards, and if you’re out on your travels, you’ll have more reason than most for requiring backup. Perhaps you’ve settled for the day in the Australian outback, taking the best photography of your life, until you realise that, horror of horrors, you’re running out of space. You look around you to gauge where the nearest electronics store could be. Perhaps it’s just behind that isolated, rundown old shack where a beefy, bearded guy with the shot gun is standing outside? Of course it isn’t. The only thing behind that dusty old shack is a load of wild dingos. So, to make sure that you’re never caught short, invest in a few memory cards before heading out. They’re cheap, so there’s no excuse.
A polarising filter removes glare in your photo’s. If you’re photographing in a sun-baked landscape at midday, the last thing you’ll want is for the land to be ruined by too much glare. Similarly, water scenes can be destroyed in a similar way. The blue sky can also be distorted with a polarising filter; the blues will not be as sharp, or as deep, whilst the clouds will look pale and uninspiring. A polarising filter, essentially, improves outdoor photographer – and consequently travel photography. More than this, it also offers protection to your lens.