Three Items Every Aspiring Travel Photographer Should Have

Looking to evolve your eye for amazing scenery and perfect family photos? Here are some items to start with.

Man taking photos on beach at sunset.
Everyone wants to take the best photos possible on vacation, but why stop there?Shutterstock

Part of the reason to travel is to experience places you wouldn’t have otherwise, and good photography can help you bring those places back with you. It also serves as a better souvenir than whatever the gift shop is selling. If you want something better than a smartphone snapshot, though, you need the right gear.

Kodak PIXPRO Astro Zoom AZ401-BK 16MP Digital Camera with 40X Optical Zoom and 3" LCD (Black)

Everyone Starts Somewhere

A great beginner camera will do most of the important stuff for you.Amazon

Buy the right camera for you. There are two basic types to consider: Fixed-lens cameras, which will be easier to use, but won’t give you quite as much control, while DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras will let you change out lenses. If you’re very new, a good fixed lens with a long zoom will be a good place to start, but if you’re more familiar with photography, consider the DSLR and a few starter lenses.

AmazonBasics Lightweight Camera Mount Tripod Stand With Bag - 16.5 - 50 Inches

Hold this for Me

With a tripod, you can stage the perfect scene and not worry about being rushed.Amazon

Invest in camera support, like a tripod or monopod. While you should practice shooting holding the camera, having a support available to take your time and frame a shot exactly the way you want it can be invaluable when you’re developing your eye as a photographer. Get support with quick-release functions so you can quickly take your camera off the tripod as well, and leave it on the camera to more quickly set up.

CADeN Camera Backpack Bag Professional for DSLR/SLR Mirrorless Camera Waterproof, Camera Case Compatible for Sony Canon Nikon Camera and Lens Tripod Accessories

Like a Vault for Your Back

You’ve got your gear, now it’s time to protect it.Amazon

A good case can also help. Look for something that can take a beating, such as nylon, and that resists water, dust, and other hazards that can ruin your gear. It should also be comfortable and easy to carry for long journeys, alongside your other stuff. Finally, space matters; get a bag that will let fit everything you need, from lenses to support, to take a great photo.