A big thanks to Pixter for sponsoring this post!
Between Instagram and smartphones, the number of people interested in capturing their trips with creative, high-quality photos is increasing. If you’re interested in travel photography — whether with your phone, DSLR or mirrorless camera — here’s a list of unique travel photography gear that you might not have known you needed!
1) Pixter Travel Pack For Smartphone Photographers
The Pixter Travel Pack includes two awesome pieces of travel photography gear: a Wide Angle Pro lens and the Flexible Tripod.
When using my DSLR I’m often shooting wide, a feature I’ve always wished my iPhone had. Which is why I was stoked when Pixter offered to send me their Travel Pack, which includes a wide-angle lens that allows you to capture a field twice as large as the phone. The lens features six multilayer layered lenses made with polarized and anti-reflective glass, treated to resist shock and scratches, protected with a steel case.
Here’s a photo taken with the lens:
What I really love is it’s light and portable enough to store right in your purse, and comes with a protective sachel and cleaning cloth. For maximum stability, mount your smartphone on the Flexible Tripod. You can use the included Bluetooth Remote to take the shot from 15 meters away without ever touching the shutter, eliminating camera shake.
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2) A Backpack to Keep Your Camera and Laptop Organized
If you want to keep your camera accessories organized and accessible while traveling, look no further than the uber comfortable Manfrotto Street Camera and Laptop Backpack. This product features padded compartments for a 15″ laptop, DSLR camera, three lenses and extra space for accessories. You can even store your tripod into the exterior side pocket. Additionally, numerous pockets hold your passport, wallet and other essentials while making them easy to get to quickly.
3) UV Filter To Protect Your Lenses
UV filters serve two purposes: first, the clear filter helps enhance weather sealing, which benefits you when exploring sandy beaches and misty rain forests. Additionally, they act as a screen protectors so if you have an accident on the road, you’ll potentially be able to still use your gear.
I was once on a trip in Taiwan when a bus driver was rough with another passenger’s luggage. When she opened her bag her camera lens was cracked — or so she thought. Actually, the UV filter had cracked and protected the camera lens.
Find a large selection of filters by clicking here. Price varies.
4) A Beanbag To Compliment Your Tripod
If you’re the kind of person who, say, wants to photograph wildlife while on an African safari, a tripod is essential; but not always usable, especially if you’re shooting from a vehicle. A beanbag — or, even better, a versatile Kinesis Safari Sack 4.2 — allows you to stabilize your telephoto lens on irregular surfaces, perfect for the window when you’re touring by car.
In general, it’s a faster and easier way to stabilize your camera than setting up your tripod. This goes for whether you’re shooting while hiking and want to balance your camera on a rock, want to use a fence for a family photo or something else.
5) Stay Connected With Skyroam
Part of the fun of taking photos is sharing them! Skyroam is a personal WiFi hotspot that keeps you connected in over 100 countries. Skyroam’s patented virtual SIM (vSIM) technology automatically connects your device to local mobile carriers, enabling you to access the powers of the internet easily and securely. This means you can avoid paying expensive roaming fees, switching SIM cards or swapping rental phones whenever you land in a new destination.
Price: $124.99, but is currently on sale for $99.99. For a limited time, each purchase includes three free daypasses. Users can then purchase pay-as-you-go daypasses online for as low as $8, allowing them to connect with up to five devices at once with zero roaming fees.
Another option: KnowRoaming ($29.99). I’m a big fan of their global SIM sticker, which offers local rates in 200+ countries as well as unlimited data packages for $7.99/day.
6) Keep You And Your Camera Dry With A Stylish Poncho
November Rain produces stylish rain ponchos, an ideal hands-free solution to protect your travel photography gear, even in an unexpected rainstorm. There’s a front-opening zipper so you can keep your camera completely covered, unzipping when you want to shoot. For those who enjoy packing light, the light garment folds up into a small bundle making it easy to carry.
Bonus: 10% of all company revenue funds go to water projects in developing countries.
These ponchos are available in the US and UK and cost around $59. Click here for more information.
7) One-Handed Secure Camera Access
Hate the feeling of your camera weighing down your neck? Peak Design’s CapturePRO is a durable aluminum camera clip that attaches to any belt loop or backpack strap, facilitating one-handed access your camera. Since the CapturePRO rigidly stabilizes your camera, it’s ideal for more intense activities like hiking or biking. There’s a quick-release locking action that allows you to release your device with just a click of a button.
8) Weatherproof Your Camera With A Waterproof Shell
Bad weather shouldn’t stop you from exploring — though you don’t want to damage your camera on the journey. Fortunately, Shell keeps your camera safe in the elements whether it be rain, snow or dusty deserts.
This piece of travel photography gear is a waterproof and form-fitting outer layer for your camera made of a flexible seam-taped neoprene. With Shell, you can leave your camera on the outside of your pack using Peak’s CapturePRO (mentioned above), or take your camera out of the pack without worry.
Shell is available in three different sizes, each of which fits a wide range of camera bodies and lenses and provides an additional safeguard against abrasions.
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