What makes travel photography unique?
When choosing photography equipment, there are a few elements specific to travel photography that are well worth bearing in mind:
Size (and weight) matters
Whether you’re trying to keep your carry-on baggage weight down or avoiding lugging around heavy gear while touring a city or hiking a mountain, the size and weight of your gear is an important consideration in travel photography.
What’s your style?
The genre of ‘travel photography’ actually encompasses many other styles of photography, all of which require a slightly different approach when deciding what gear to purchase/pack. Are you shooting natural landscapes along the coast, wildlife on a safari, action shots of your latest skiing adventure, portraits of locals, or street photography in the cities you visit? Or even all of the above? Knowing which styles you’d like to focus on will help you decide on the best gear for you, whether it’s a very specific set-up or one designed with versatility in mind.
Beyond size and weight, good travel photography gear requires great usability. Many aspects of travel photography happen quickly, be it a fleeting moment in nature or short pit-stop on a road trip. This means gear that’s easy to set up and pack away, and cameras that are easy to operate in a pinch, will give you the best chance of capturing those special moments.