Landscape photography is an unpredictable experience. Unlike certain genres of indoor photography, which take place in safer, more controlled environments, landscape photography is shot outdoors, where you are at the mercy of the elements. To prepare yourself and help keep you (and your gear) safe, we've put together this list of protective gear recommendations.
Great for storing smaller accessories and gear, photo vests are a good storage option if you're looking to supplement your camera bag's capacity, or possibly replace it altogether. Most photo vests offer some degree of weatherproofing, including water-resistant pockets, so all of your accessories will stay nice and dry. On top of that, photo vests are less cumbersome than conventional camera bags, so your mobility won't be stymied.
If you've decided to forego a camera bag, or you're looking for a more accessible, quick-release travel solution, consider adding a capture clip to your inventory. Think of a capture clip as a camera holster. It attaches to a compatible strap or harness (or even a photo vest), giving you immediate access to your camera. Most capture clips feature strong force resistance, weatherproofing, and are compatible with a variety of QR plates, making them ideal accessories for outdoor photographers who need to retrieve their camera and start shooting at a moment's notice.
Whether you're storing your lenses in a vest, bag, or some other means of conveyance, consider adding an extra layer of protection with a lens wrap. Typically padded and made with some kind of non-scratch material, these wraps will safeguard your lenses (and other small accessories) from incidental damage while you're outdoors or on the go.
When shooting in cold weather, keeping your hands warm is paramount, which is why we recommend investing in a good pair of photo gloves. Not only will photo gloves keep your digits warm and frostbite free, but they will also allow your hands and fingers to move freely, so you can operate your camera as needed.
Water damage is one of the biggest potential threats to your camera equipment, which is why reliable rain protection is so important for landscape photographers. Rain protection comes in many forms, including waterproof camera covers, rain shields, rain sleeves, mountable umbrellas, and more. Choose the option that best suits your needs and enjoy the added protection (and peace of mind) it affords.
The benefits of wearing a hat outdoors are fairly obvious: it keeps the sun off your head and out of your eyes. Hats keep your dome dry, your capitulum cozy, your noggin nestled, and so on. Odds are you already own a hat. If not, B&H has you covered—literally.
Memory Card Cases
Few things are as disheartening as a damaged memory card. Save yourself the heartache by safeguarding your memory card (and the photos stored therein) with a protective case. There are plenty of good options available from reputable brands like SmallRig, Pelican, and more. Look for something weather-resistant and rugged enough to protect your cards from unexpected drops and falls.
What's your favorite piece of protective gear for landscape photography? Let us know in the Comments section, down below!