Simple Guide to Travel Photography Equipment

The world is full of amazing places to see and experience, and being a professional photographer or someone who genuinely enjoys this craft as a hobby, is an additional perk of freezing that beauty in time with a single shot. Whether it’s amazing mountains, beaches that take the breath away, wild life scenery or a modern concrete jungle type of beauty, taking the perfect photo asks not just for skills and knowledge but also for the right equipment.

Professional photographers know it; entering a photography equipment store is like entering Wonderland; all types of lenses, funny looking pieces for balancing your camera like tripods, printing equipment and all types of cameras you can possibly think of. It may not sound like Wonderland to all of you who prefer their smartphone cameras for taking a photo or a selfie, but for people who still enjoy a good photography on paper, this is a true experience. So, how do you pick the right travel photography equipment?


Think Light

As technology improves, equipment becomes a lot lighter. If you really thought that climbing on a mountain top with your camera, the lenses, a tripod and additional gadgets is easy, you’re fooling yourself. That equipment is rather heavy! Especially lenses; they seem to be quite the load for photographers on the road. So, when picking your pieces of travel photography equipment, go lighter and leave the heavy lenses for studio work.


What exactly should you get?

We established that whatever you get for your travel photographing package should be light. But what do you really need to have in your travel backpack, and what should stay in the studio? Here’s a short list you can carry with you in the photography equipment store.

  • Camera – you should have two camera bodies so that you don’t bother to switch lenses. And you should have wide and long lenses prepared any time for capturing priceless shots.
  • Lenses – a couple of different types of lenses should be a part of your travel photographing kit; lenses that perfectly catch landscape scenery, ones that are perfect for moving objects and others that are most suitable for capturing cityscapes or interior shots.
  • Filters – you’d want to have filters with you especially when you’re shooting landscapes; nature does offer colourful sights that once captured with a camera can result in something worthy of being hanged on your walls, but the shot needs to be filtered first. Also, shooting objects that are moving will result in a blurry sight, so you want to have special filters for those situations as well.


These would be the basic elements of a travel photography equipment package, but surely not the only ones. Depending on what is it that you want to shoot, you can get supporting elements like tripods and even video equipment if you’re looking to create a short film for example. And not just that; a photography equipment store is full of amazing stuff for reproducing photographies, so if you’re thinking about opening your own studio or start making your own photographies, you’ll find everything you need in these specialized stores.