A Travel Photographers Wish List

So, I have a confession to make: I have a problem when it comes to photography accessories.  And by problem, I mean addiction.  I love buying new camera accessories to use on our trips, mostly because I love finding things that make my life easier.  And since there’s no such thing as an EASY button (remember those commercials?) that would make items magically appear in my vicinity, I have to make-do with subtly e-mailing my wish lists to my husband for birthday and Christmas ideas.  Okay okay.  I confess, the e-mails really aren’t that subtle.

So today I’ve come up with a group of items that would be great for a travel photographers wish list.  Because who doesn’t want new photography accessories?!

Make photography outings easier with six awesome accessories that should be on every travel photographers wish list!

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Travel Tripod

We’ve all been in situations where we’re in a new place and want to take a photo but there isn’t anyone to take the picture for us.  I’ve been in that situation far too many times and it was so frustrating having to wait for someone to walk by or just give up on a photo opportunity.  Finally I convinced Chris we needed a Tripod, and we haven’t looked back since!  It’s been great for photo ops at Disney as well as family gatherings where a group picture just had to be taken.  Plus, it folds up into an easy to carry compact design which is fantastic!

Quality Camera Strap

When I first started shooting with my Nikon I used the strap that came with the camera.  And to be honest, that lasted for about a week, that thing was so uncomfortable!  Then I tried making my own strap so I could put as much padding in as I wanted, and that didn’t last long either.  I finally decided to invest in a quality strap and I’ve never looked back!  I got an over the shoulder strap so that the weight wasn’t all on my neck and the camera was on a pulley system which I love.  When you’re out shooting all day, a quality camera strap makes all the difference in the world.  And the best thing is my shoulders and neck are no longer sore after a long day out, and that to me is worth every penny the camera strap cost!

Travel Bag

Once again, I thought I knew what I wanted when it came to a camera bag when I first got my camera.  My laptop and camera bag combo is great for traveling on a plane or driving down to Disney World, but it’s not practical when you’re out for the day.  The bag is huge and since it’s a purse it gets heavy and uncomfortable really quickly.  I finally took the plunge and upgraded to a backpack and it was such a great investment!  Because the zipper is on the back of the bag it is so secure and that is the number one reason we bought the bag.  I’m quickly growing out of it but with a large array of backpacks that Lowepro offers I know they have something for when I’m ready to upgrade!

Wireless Remote

I personally love taking photos at night and in addition to a tripod I always use my wireless remote.  The reason is because when you hit that shutter release button your hands can shake the camera, and that will result in blurry photos.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  So, in order to avoid all of that, I use my wireless remote.

Battery Grip

This is definitely on my Christmas wish-list this year and here is why.  When Chris and I go to Disney I have my camera out all day long which tends to eat up the battery fairly quickly.  And my battery always seems to die when I’m in the middle of shooting something I’ve waited all day for (ie: parades or fireworks).  Having a battery grip would mean that I wouldn’t have to stop what I was doing to change out the dead battery in my camera and would just allow me to continue shooting throughout the show!  It’s also worth mentioning that it has a vertical shutter release option so it’s easier to take those vertical images you want!

DSLR Rain Cover

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been out and about when traveling and have gotten caught in the rain.  While I love the rain on a hot and humid Florida day, I hate having to put my camera away!  Luckily there are options for any budget, a disposable and a reusable covers are both available!  Now I won’t have to worry about it and can capture pictures of those spectacularly beautiful stormy Florida skies.

What accessories are must-haves for you on your photography outings?

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