When I first purchased my camera the only thing I had attached to it was the Canon camera strap that came with it. I put all of my coins into buying my dream camera that I didn’t have any left over for accessories and I thought that was okay. Although having a bare camera without accessories isn’t wrong, I was doing myself a disservice by not accessorizing in a way that allowed me to document more photos.
I would end up opting to leave my expensive camera at home or in the car because I didn’t wanna bring it to the real world where it could get damaged. As silly as it sounds, I put so much money into it and I didn’t want something to happen to it. I ended up avoiding taking my camera out instead of using it to its potential.
Do you find yourself wanting to leave your good camera at home because you don’t want sand from the beach to get on it? Or maybe you don’t want to hold your camera on the hike so you miss out on a great photo at the top.
Here’s a list of accessories that helped me as a photographer by allowing me to photograph more content:
5 Accessories That Can Help Your Travel Photography
I currently own a tripod like this one. I originally had a more traditional adjustable tripod, but when I accidentally bent one of the legs it was done for. I’m really enjoying the versatility of the adjustable tripod because it allows me to hang my camera on ledges that I wouldn’t normally be able to hang a tripod. This versatility means that I can actually hang my camera from a tree in the park or from a fence instead of trying to find level on grass.
I may not have had my tripod for long enough, but some people complain that their tripod is almost too adjustable. Once they get into a position, the legs of the tripod will begin to slip & slide a bit and that can damage your gear – especially if you’re hauling an expensive camera.
When purchasing a tripod make sure it’s equipped to handle your cameras weight. You can find the exact weight of your camera by googling the “Camera Make/Model Weight” (Ex: Canon 70D Weight) and seeing the way the manufacturer has listed.
A Backpack Strap Mount
A DSLR clip for your pack is great if you find yourself backpacking frequently. This mount gets applied to your left or right strap to your backpack and you’re able to just hook it on and take it out whenever you need it. This instant access is a complete game changer and you’re no longer holding onto your camera, having it swing at your hip, or even having to shuffle inside of your backpack to get it.
Even though I wear backpacks pretty frequently, the backpacks I usually wear don’t have straps to support something like this. Definitely consider the fact that you need a sturdier backpack straps in order for this to not be a nuisance.
A Hip Mount
Another great alternative to a backpack mount is a a waist clip for your DSLR. A waist clip moves the heavy weight from your chest, to your waist and is a lot easier to maneuver, especially if you’re doing a lot of walking or hiking.
I wouldn’t recommend this type of mount if you don’t normally wear a belt, because the weight may sway and be uncomfortable. I would also be mindful of your new silhouette with this gear on your waist, if you forget how much wider you are on your left or right side you may bump into things and damage your gear.
A Cover for Your Cam
A silicone case for your camera it’s completely optional, but I like it so I included it. These things will not protect her camera from a fall, but it will protect your camera from those light scratches that appear from wear and tear. Definitely make sure you have a screen protector especially if your camera is touchscreen or the screen can flip around because the constant tapping and repetitive movement can create scratches.
Protection for your Memory Cards
A waterproof or water resistant case for memory cards is always in my bag. Before I purchased a memory card case, I would designate any open pocket for my full memory cards, but that proved to be a bad idea; I would have trouble knowing which ones were full and which ones were empty (until I had to check each one) but I also was worried that I may have lost some by the end of the day. Ever since purchasing a designated case for my memory cards I’m able to flip someone way if they’re new and flip on the opposite way if they’re used and be sure that they are in a safe space. I heard that memory cards may be water resistant, but I’m not going to try it.
Any Gear You Can’t Travel Without?
Did I miss any of your favorite gear? Comment it below so I can check them out too! I love hearing your recommendations because it usually makes traveling with gear and taking photos so much easier. Remember it isn’t about having fancy gear, but having gear that you can take & use when you go on adventures.