Whether you’re a professional travel photographer on assignment or an enthusiast looking for the next great shot, travelling with camera equipment is not easy. From deciding what all to carry, where to compromise, to managing your equipment; there’s always plenty on your mind. So we have narrowed the bulk and doubt down to a must have for travel photography checklist; 4 pillars which will make for a rewarding travel photography trip.
Packing equipment before a photography trip can be hectic, especially when you have a lot of equipment in mind. Let’s start with the basic benchmarks you should have clear before you head out on your trip.
- The kind of photography you want from the trip (which will determine the equipment you’ll need to carry)
- The climate of the place you’re going to (which will determine the protective equipment you’ll need to carry)
- The length of the trip (which will determine how much luggage you will carry overall)
Buy a good quality, protective bag for your camera, battery, memory and lens equipment if you’re a travelling photographer. It’s better to invest in hard cases. They’re a good one-time buy offer ample storage and protect equipment against the harshest natural conditions.
It is a must to have a few extras as backup for any trip, more so for a travelling photography one. If you’re out shooting 3-6 hours each day on your trip, make sure to carry extra batteries, filters and memory cards (at least 3-4 of each).
- To know the estimate of how many shots a battery gives when fully charged, take the first photo from a fresh battery, of the one which you’ve just replaced. Between battery photos, you’ll have an idea of how many photos a battery provides you.
- Most travel photographers shoot in the RAW format, which takes up a lot of memory space. Keep extra memory cards handy instead of compromising on image quality. Carry memory cards in a separate case/pouch to keep them from contact/friction and harm.
It is always useful to have a few basic cleaning products for your imaging equipment, even if you’re not a travel photographer. Dust, fingerprint smudges and moisture always threaten to ruin your shot/equipment. Always carry:
- A few pieces of micro-fibre cloth and lens cleaning solution to wipe unnecessary smudges and to polish your lens with.
- A hurricane blower to dispose larger debris and dust particles.
- A brush to clean your equipment effectively and clean small debris.
The Photographer’s Personal Travel Photography Tip:
Carry an extra camera handy. A small point and shoot may work wonders for whenever you need to skip carrying heavy equipment. You may not always carry your SLR; say to a private dinner or a stroll. However, it will pay positively to have a point and shoot in your pocket for unexpected moments during your travel photography trip. Nowadays, the imaging quality in point and shoot cameras is excellent and they offer a host of imaging options. The underlying theme of the trip should be fun, learning and exploration. After all, that’s why you started travel photography in the first place!