Knowing that diamonds are made under pressure, these past few years have given us travel lovers the opportunity to extensively dream, plan and get ready for our future trips. With 2022 just around the corner, we can now start planning those escapes.
If you want to make the most of the reopening of borders by returning home with a collection of timeless travel photographs, you need to pack your travel camera bag with the right camera gear and accessories. Cue the 2022 travel must-haves!
1. Start with a travel-friendly camera
Your smartphone takes decent selfies and snapshots of the day by day events, but if you really want to capture travel photos that you are proud of and stand the test of time, consider a dedicated travel camera. Here are some of the best travel camera options.
Compact digital camera
This is the go-to option if you want a step up in class but still want a camera that can fit in your pocket when not being used. One of the best compact cameras for travelling is the Panasonic Lumix TZ90 thanks to its compact size and versatile zoom lens.
If you are getting really serious about image quality, a mirrorless camera can compete favourably with DSLR models. Their build is lightweight enough to hang from your neck comfortably, as you make stops along your itinerary. If you are looking for a mirrorless camera for travel photography, consider the retro, slimline Nikon Z50 or the vlogging-friendly Canon EOS M50II.
Is your idea of a holiday pushing yourself to the limits with extreme sports and action? To do these adventures justice, you need an action camera by your side. There is a range of mountable and wearable options available, with the latest release from GoPro, the undisputed leader of action, being the Hero 10.
A compact travel drone can provide you with a vastly different vantage point to film your travel videos and take photos from. Other features of a drone include easy to use flight paths, subject tracking, and the ability to wirelessly transfer all of this footage to you, safely down on earth. The foldable DJI Mavic Mini SE is one of our picks for the best travel drone.
2. Accessorise for best success
While having a travel-friendly camera is a step in the right direction of great travel photos, it’s not the complete journey yet. Here are some essential camera accessories for travel photography that you should pack on your next trip.
Tripods are an essential part of any photography kit. Sadly many of us ignore them as we don’t want to carry them around everywhere we go. The good news is, there are plenty of travel-friendly tripods available which are lightweight yet sturdy, and they fold down to a smaller size. This means there is no excuse to turn your back on blur-free images and neater compositions for a moment longer.
If you want to capture videos of your trip, you should seriously consider using a Gimbal. They add production value and cinematic movements to your content. Gimbals are simple to use, they mimic the performance of heavy and expensive video making gear. Plus they are available for various camera gear, from smartphone to mirrorless and DSLR cameras.
Lens choice is always dictated by personal preference and by what subjects you will be framing. That being said, the most popular type of camera lens for travel is the all-in-one zoom lens. These lenses cover a broad wide to telephoto zoom range. That means they are just as handy for taking wide-angle landscapes as they are at zooming past the crowds to capture smaller details of a landmark.
Modern versions are smaller and lighter than ever before, so your camera kit maintains its portability, while their versatility keeps you from having to carry multiple lenses and switch between them when out in the field.
A trusty travel camera bag
We know how much your camera gear means to you, so make sure you treat it properly. If you’re wondering how to keep your camera safe when travelling, look for a padded camera bag. Ensure it features some form of weather protection, has enough space for your gear and essential accessories, and is comfortable to carry for long days of walking.
Similar to the above tale, a spare battery or two keeps you taking photos for a longer period. That will save you from missing any once-in-a-lifetime shots.
Picture this; at the end of an eventful day, you’ve taken plenty of amazing photos and videos, you pause to take one more shot (the most epic one of your trip!) and you realise your memory card is full. Do you flip through your images from the day in search of a blurry mishap that you can delete? Or do you miss out on this image and call it a day? Avoid this situation all together. Carry a few spare memory cards that you can rely on until you can safely offload your files.
Universal charger/power bank
If you are travelling in 2022, chances are you have more digital devices than your camera to take care of. To avoid carrying too many chargers and cables, pick up a universal or multi-charger that can power up all of their batteries. Some models even have a built-in power bank, so you can charge up during when you have no access to electricity.
You never know what type of dust, dirt or grime will attack your camera as you travel around. To prevent these elements from causing serious damage, you should always keep a high-quality cleaning kit in your camera bag, so you can wipe away the dirt swiftly. It’s a good idea to get travel insurance for your photography equipment as well in case of serious damage.
3. Start planning your next adventure
Start planning your 2022 adventures today with these essential travel photography tips in mind. Get all of the travel photography gear you need at Ted’s Cameras, or gift them to the adventurers in your life this Christmas! From cameras to camera bags and everything in between, don’t miss out on their range of travel photography essentials.
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