Every genre of photography requires some accessories without which it is impossible to shoot smoothly. The same is applicable to landscape photography. You cannot ignore the importance of packing the right accessories with you when you head for landscape photography, as you do not get a chance to get them in location, in most cases. You just must remember a useful accessory and compromise with your work. It not only affects the quality of your photos but some accessories even put your gears at potential risk.
Top 5 Must-Have Accessories For Landscape Photography
It might not seem like an “accessory” to you as you will be carrying your stuff in a camera bag any which way. But if you are not careful about picking the right camera bag, your gear might get damaged. To keep your gear safe, invest in a good-quality bag. Also, you need to make sure that you do not feel any discomfort carrying the bag, as you might need to trek a long way to click landscape photographs. The bag should be able to carry heavy loads. Check if the bag has a separate compartment for your personal things other than gear, like food, water, clothes, etc. It should be water resistant, so that leakage of liquid does not ruin your gear.
If you are an absolute beginner in landscape photography, you might be unaware of the importance of filters. It is so important that even some expert photographers even advise not to head for landscape shoots without a filter. Using a filter will help you to avoid glares of the sky and water, maintain exposure balance between the sky and the subject, and also for long exposures. The three major types of filters used in landscape photography are Neutral density filters (ND), Graduated Neutral Density filters (GND), and Circular Polariser filters (CPL).
You should invest in a remote shutter to avoid camera shaking. A remote shutter is particularly useful for shooting with long exposure, or for timelapse. In some cameras, there is an option to connect your smartphone to Wi-Fi so that it can function as a remote. Just be careful that using Wi-Fi continuously can significantly reduce the charge of your camera.
If you are using a DSLR, you would not have faced the issue with battery life. But for any non-DSLR user, battery life is a major concern. So, you should always charge your camera battery fully, and carry a fully-charged spare battery with you.
There is a golden tip for you- never rely on only one memory card when you are heading to shooting landscapes. No matter how good-quality a memory card you buy, it might get damaged, lost, or stolen. So, it is always wise to have a spare memory card and back up your photos as soon as possible after you click them. Also, carry the card in a weatherproof case for safety.
As you now know what accessories you need for the perfect landscape photos, what are you waiting for? Start packing your bag now. Happy shooting!!
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.