While you can capture great landscape shots with just your camera, the right equipment makes it easier and gives you more options.
I'm a big fan of landscape photography, so I've been thinking hard. I personally used everything on this list. Let's take a look at the material that takes your landscapes to the next level.
A good tripod: Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 1
00 Aluminum Tripod Kit ($ 110)
] The most important landscape photography accessory you can buy is a solid tripod. It opens up a whole range of possibilities and allows the use of narrower apertures and longer shutter speeds – both important elements for landscape photos. They also facilitate taking pictures in dim light.
We've grouped together the best tripods, but for most people, the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB is the best choice. I bought one for about $ 200, but now it's only $ 110 – that's a ridiculous theft.
The Alta Pro folds small enough (25.75 inches) and can reach up to a maximum height of 65 inches. "At 4.4 lbs it's not very light – it's made of aluminum – but it's not too heavy either. It can support 15.4lbs, more than enough for a sensible DSLR setup. The multi-angle center column and high-adjustable legs allow you to adjust the tripod to give you the shot you want.
For your $ 110 you also get a neat ball tripod head. It never failed me.
A decent bag: f-stop guru bundle ($ 27)
Landscape photography tends to hike and climb quite a bit. Not more than 10 miles from a parking lot is over-photographed. To take your camera gear with you, you need a decent bag. It must be comfortable to be able to carry and protect all your belongings.
For this type of adventure, my first choice is the A-Stop Ajna. It was set (and is too big for most people), but if I replaced it, I would grab this guru bundle with F-Stop ($ 270).
The Guru is a 25-liter hiking backpack with the right waist straps The weight of your camera does not rest on your shoulders. It's big enough to carry all your camera gear plus a jacket, some food and a bottle of water. With the Gatekeeper straps, you can attach your camera to the outside of the bag. The internal camera unit ensures that your camera is stable and surrounded by foam. Simply put, it is the complete package.
If you do not want to do much walking, check out our selection of the best camera bags for every other situation.
A Neutral Density Filter: Hoya ProND 1000 ($ 75-95)
So that you can enjoy silky smooth water at all times except dusk If you can get the above, you need a way to slow down and reduce your shutter speed. The solution is a neutral density filter: basically a dark piece of glass that sits in front of your lens and pushes down the light reaching your camera.
ND filters usually have stops. A three-stop filter stops three light stops, a six-stop filter stops six, and so on. The darkest filters that are commonly available are ten stop filters. When you start, I would recommend buying one of them, as this has the most dramatic impact on the type of photos you can take.
A respected brand ND filter works, but I'm a fan of Hoya filters. They are screwed to the end of the lens, so you do not need a complicated filter holder and achieve a good balance between price and quality. Different lenses require different filter sizes. Check your lens before you buy it. Hoyas filters are available in all popular sizes such as 72 mm, 77 mm and 82 mm.
A circular polarizing filter: Hoya HRT Circular Polarizer ($ 40)
Like neutral filters, polarizing filters allow you to capture a kind of image that you would not otherwise be able to. Instead of blocking out all light, polarizing filters block only polarized light: in other words, they block glare and reflections from glossy surfaces in your images. You can see the effect at the top of the picture.
And as with the ND filters, I'm also a fan of Hoya filters. They have a polarizer of any size, such as 72mm, 77mm and 82mm.
A Shutter Release: Pixel TW-283 Wireless Shutter ($ 32)
A wireless remote is not essential, but for some reasons a very handy kit:
- You can set up your camera and then reset it and take photos. Ideal for wet or cold.
- You can use shutter speeds that are slower than 30 seconds.
- You can take time lapse.
- You can take photos without shaking the camera at all.
There are many triggers, but I like this pretty generic pixel model. For $ 32, it's pretty cheap for camera equipment. It works well and never caused me any problems. There are models for Canon, Nikon and most other brands. So make sure you make the right choice.
A Camera Cover: Peak Design Shell Medium ($ 45)
When you take pictures in the humid wilderness, you should protect your camera. Most cameras can take a few spatters, but in the pouring rain, a camera cover pulls along.
We're a big fan of Peak Designs products here at Review Geek, so it's not surprising that their shell camera coverage is our first choice. The form-fitting design is retained while photographing, without getting in the way. For most setups, the medium shell (45 USD) is the right one.
Taking photographs of landscapes is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to spend a day. Most of the time, everything is my complete kit list and my camera.