We compiled a list of photography gear perfect for any traveler. The gear includes both professional and budget items. The budget gear will definitely get the job done, but it is good to know what the professionals use also.
Travel Photography can mean many different things to many different people…and for those who _really_ do it, it becomes a sort of fevered passion that just wont let go! For some like Chris Burkard, featured above, you travel the world and build an entire home & studio out of your car…and to others it’s simply some action-camera gear and a small backpack for a hike. So from the seasoned professional to the aspiring semi-pro, we’ve put together a small list of gear suggestions for the back-packing and adventure photography enthusiast!
3 Legged Thing’s – EDDIE is probably the King of the Travel Tripod. Coming in at under 3-lbs, carbon fiber, a ball head that can support nearly 27-lbs of gear, and is ultra-compact, this rig can get as low as 5″ from the ground! Pretty much covers any scenario you can encounter while on the road! One of the legs even unscrews to be used as a Monopod! (They’ve also got a pretty fun YouTube Channel)
The Dolica Ultra Compact Tripod is a very decent travel rig! It also comes in at under 3-lbs in weight, and for just 5$ more you can get it with the detachable Monopod also. It’s minimum height is 18″ and can support up too 15-lbs of equipment!
When you’re on the road, getting access to power for your devices can get tricky. The Voltaic Solar Backpacks can help! With a built in 8 watt Solar Cell, a day’s worth of day light (easy to do while you’re moving) can get you a full charge on a variety of devices.
This bag packs all the same punch as the larger one, but on a smaller scale. A 3.5 Watt solar cell charges fully in just 5 hours, but packs a slightly smaller charge than it’s big-brother! Sometimes all you need is that extra 10 minutes of life for your phone or GPS and paired with it’s actual functionality of a backpack…how can you go wrong?
No matter how much planning and prep you put in, we have no control of the weather! We can however, take charge of how it affects our shooting. With this storm protection Jacket from Vortex you can keep your cameras free of Rain/Snow/Dust in a flash! I personally keep one of these in my bag every time I leave the house!
I’ve often referred to this as the “rain poncho” of weather protection for your gear. It’s not as nice looking or comfortable as the Vortex jackets, BUT it will still keep your camera nice and protected in the elements. I’ve even used this particular brand on a trip through Death Valley and it worked great!
When you’re shooting on the road, you never know what the environment will throw at you. With the LaCie Rugged drives, you can back up your files in a shock, rain, and pressure proof Hard Drive that can take a beating and keep ticking! USB3 Means faster transfer speeds (pending your computer is compatible) and it doesn’t require an external power source.
For the photog who REALLY wants to travel light! Dropbox (and other services like it) can give you anywhere from 1gig of cloud storage, to TERABYTES! It won’t be much help if you’re in the middle of nowhere as you will still need internet access, but for a starting price 9.99/month you can store up to 1TB from anywhere! (It’s free on a basic plan)
How many times have you been on the road, in the studio in the middle of a shoot, or even worse, 1/2 way through a wedding and you get that RED FLASHING WARNING OF DOOM warning from your battery?!? Here at Phlearn we believe it’s better to have spares and not need them, than to need them and not have!! This holds especially true while on the road. It’s always a good idea to have at least one spare charged and at the ready for your shoot.
Maybe you’re extremely short on space and can’t carry spare batteries? Then being able to charge anywhere in the world is option number two! This universal adapter will let you plug-in and and recharge your gear in most outlets around the globe for a super low cost. Great for the trips where you know you’ll only be be away from an outlet for a short time.