How to Pack Light as a Photographer
As photographers, we want to be able to capture every moment and we want to have access to all of our equipment to make that happen. Travelling can make that hard as it limits the things you can bring. Deciding what to bring can be a challenge so here are our travel photography packing list and some photography tips to boot.
What Camera To Bring
In order to get those quality shots, bring along your DSLR or mirrorless camera so you can have full creative control. Bring a second media device (phone, tablet, point and shoot camera) which you can keep in your pocket or backpack and bring it out for those quick spur of the moment shots that can be hard to capture with a DSLR.
Photo by Tom Holmes
What Lenses To Bring
Think about what you will be seeing ahead of time to plan what lenses to bring. You want to be prepared for every situation but carrying every lens you own isn’t practical or safe. Wide angle and telephoto lenses are always a good bet but it depends on what your subject matter will be. If you have to bring that extra lens but don’t have room in your camera bag, wrap it in a thick sock.
Photo by Jacob Sapp
Tripods can be bulky and unnecessary but can be very important when travelling alone or trying to do long exposure and landscape photography. Invest in a travel tripod to make space in your bag.
Photo by Jamie Fenn
Bring silica gel packets (those gel packs you get with new shoes or bags) they help get rid of moisture that is trapped in your camera sensor.
When you’re planning your trip, think about writing up a shot list. This way you can prioritize and get the shots you want on the day. Spontanous and candid shots are an important part of the trip as well though so don’t get too wrapped up in following the shot list.
If you’re travelling by plane, be sure to put your camera and the most important equipment in your carry on bag. Treat this bag as “the things I don’t want to lose bag” and put your most valuable commodities in there.
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