Packing For Travel Photography

Crystal Bridges Art Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Art Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas

Packing for travel photography can seem difficult but you don’t need to include everything in your pack. I only carry what I am sure that I will use depending on the trip. For example, some trips I might shoot waterfalls and need an ND filter. Other trips I might be shooting mostly portraits and then need to include a portrait lens. If you’re unsure of what you might need I would include an all-in-one lens such as an 18-300mm and then throw in an ultra-wide lens.  Generally, in my pack I have 2 Nikon DX bodies and three lenses: 18-300mm, 10-24mm (ultra-wide) and a Rokinon 8mm (fisheye).  I also carry a Nikon SB-5000 strobe, a circular polarizer and a couple of ND filters to fit the lenses.  I always carry extra memory cards and 3 camera batteries per body.  Keeping lenses clean is also important, so I carry a cleaning kit as well.  Optionally, I include my Manfrotto befree Advanced tripod and KeyMission camera.  Hopefully, this will inspire thought into your travel gear.  Happy shooting!