Professional travel photographers know what it takes to get a great shot, no matter what unexpected things happen during their adventures. Not only are they highly skilled and well-trained, but they know the right equipment to help optimize their success on any photo shoot.
You don't have to be a professional photographer to take jaw-dropping shots during your travels, though. These accessories and tools can help you get great shots in all kinds of weather and situations, and they can protect your camera and other photography equipment along the way.
MIOPS Smart+ camera trigger
The MIOPS Smart+ helps your camera become a high-speed capture device — Photo courtesy of MIOPS
Getting the right shot when you're traveling is difficult when things move quickly. In fact, sometimes the biggest challenge when trying to get a shot in the great outdoors is not being fast enough to capture wildlife or take an action shot of your family.
The MIOPS Smart+ camera trigger allows you to take travel photos that would be impossible to capture otherwise. It can help you take time-lapse photos, too, if you want to take pictures of an event as it unfolds. Also, whether you're a storm chaser trying to capture lightning or simply want photos of your kids in motion on a hiking adventure, the camera trigger can be a game-changer for your photography.
Kogalla RA UltRA Trail Light
Mount the Kogalla RA UltRA Trail Light to easily take photos while you're in the middle of adventures — Photo courtesy of Kogalla
If you’re a traveler who loves nocturnal outdoor adventures, you may have run into quite a few challenges when you try to take pictures at night. The Kogalla RA UltRA Trail Light is far brighter than a headlight and spreads warm light over an extended area to help you take gorgeous photographs.
The light comes with everything you need to attach it to your gear, so you can hold the camera in your hands without worrying about the light. You can attach the light to any part of your clothing that works best for you and the shots you want to take. Travel photographers appreciate the trail light because of its color temperature (5000K) and the even spread of light.
Moment Tele 58mm lens
The Moment Tele 58mm Lens is an innovative lens that's great for travelers — Photo courtesy of Moment
Travel can be demanding in many ways, and it’s not always possible to have your valuable camera on hand along with all its equipment. If you only have your smartphone with you, you can still be prepared to take dynamic, high-quality photographs when you have the Moment Tele 58mm lens on hand.
Designed to work with the latest Apple, Samsung, OnePlus and Google devices that utilize an M-series photo case, this lens was created to help you capture gorgeous cell phone photographs. It was made with the same materials that are used for making high-end 4K film lenses, and it includes a lens cap and microfiber carrying bag.
National Geographic travel photo tripod kit
The National Geographic travel photo tripod kit is a great option for travel photographers — Photo courtesy of National Geographic
The National Geographic travel photo tripod kit was created to travel well and help you get crisp, steady photos on the go. It can handle rough conditions easily because it has three leg-angle stops that you can set up on nearly any indoor or outdoor surface. It’s lightweight and compact, so you can carry it or pack it snugly in a secure duffel or camera bag.
This tripod is also designed to be set up in a hurry for when you come across something you need to quickly photograph. It has a five-section twist lock mechanism to help you pull out the tripod and rapidly put it to use. It’s also aesthetically pleasing with the National Geographic logo on the legs and its carrier bag.
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Peak Design's Camera Cubes with the travel duffel
The Camera Cubes by Peak Design keep your camera and equipment safe on short or long trips — Photo courtesy of Peak Design
Keeping your camera, lenses and other photographic equipment safe during travel is essential. After all, you won’t get any good shots if your camera gets damaged en route to your destination. One practical, effective solution is to pair Peak Design’s Camera Cubes with their travel backpack or travel duffel bag.
The Camera Cubes mount securely to the Peak Design travel bags, and you can customize them to be a perfect fit for the exact camera and equipment you are taking with you. There’s also a movable pocket for lens caps, filters and other small accessories. They’re fair trade certified and 100-percent carbon neutral, so you can feel good about this choice on every level.
LensPen DSLR Pro camera cleaning kit
Having a way to keep your lens clean on the go is very important — Photo courtesy of LensPen
Nothing will ruin a stellar shot as quickly as a dirty lens. Having a LensPen cleaning kit on hand will help you quickly clean the lens and get on with taking your photographs.
The LensPen was created to safely remove dust, grease and fingerprints. It can be used to clean filters, viewfinders and other delicate camera equipment. This is an ideal product for travel because it doesn’t come with potentially messy liquids. It's also compact in size.
Moment Minimalist camera strap
The Moment Minimalist camera strap allows for great flexibility during hectic travel situations — Photo courtesy of Moment
Having your camera easily accessible is crucial to capturing spontaneous moments of awe and wonder during your travels. Having a camera strap that’s durable, comfortable and convenient can empower you to have your camera always on hand. The Moment minimalist camera strap is rated to carry DLSR cameras, and it can also hold a smartphone or smaller camera.
This camera strap is built to be sturdy enough for an outdoor adventurer, with a nylon bootlace strap for optimal durability. Travelers who spend a lot of time hiking and participating in other sports especially appreciate that they can throw on this strap, quickly attach the camera and get going.
Altura Photo Professional Rain Cover
Altura Photo Professional Rain Cover — Photo courtesy of Altura
Any frequent traveler has had plenty of plans ruined by sudden changes of weather. If you’re taking outdoor photographs, you never know when you may get caught in unexpected wind or rain. The Altura Photo Professional Rain Cover was created to protect DSLR cameras from getting damaged during inclement weather.
This cover can protect your camera from snow, salt spray, rain and more. It’s made of waterproof nylon but has a very clear window so you can continue to take photos as needed. It has adjustable sleeves and a nylon zipper to give you continued access to the camera while it’s covered, too.
The MIOPS Slider+ is a game-changing tool for photographers — Photo courtesy of MIOPS
The MIOPS Slider+ gives you an easy way to make sliding time-lapse videos with your camera. It also serves as a tool for focus-stacking to help you take the sharpest series of images. It helps you adjust the camera position to take multiple pictures that are focused at different points.
This is a portable, motorized camera slider to simplify complex aspects of travel photography. Since the MIOPS Slider+ doesn’t have to be assembled at the scene, it’s great for the unpredictability of travel. You can charge the built-in battery via USB, and it has a tripod mounting screw as well as a camera mounting screw.
Moment MTW battery organizer pouch
The Moment MTW battery organizer pouch is especially helpful when you need to change batteries in a hurry — Photo courtesy of Moment
Professional and amateur travel photographers alike need to have extra camera batteries on hand. Moment’s battery organizer pouch will help keep your batteries organized so you can quickly change your camera’s battery in a hurry without missing a beat (or a great photograph). This pouch is a reliable way to make sure you can just grab one and go.
It also has a pouch for used batteries, so you don’t spend time testing your batteries to see which ones are charged and which ones aren’t. If you go on a lot of outdoor adventures, having extra charged batteries on hand is necessary.