Taking stunning landscape photographs is an awesome experience. However, this is only the case if you have the right landscape photography equipment to use. If you are new to the photography field, chances are that you will feel overwhelmed when choosing the right equipment in the market.
This post is going to show you 10 pieces of landscape photography equipment you need to have to capture great landscape photographs. With the right equipment and preparations, you will be able to capture the image that you want.
Top 10 Landscape Photography Equipment
1. Wide Angle Lens
A wide angle lens provides you a great perspective to include the whole scene in your photo. The images will appear like they have pulled in subjects that are closer and pushed away distant ones.
If your budget allows, I strongly recommend that you get a 14-24mm f2.8 if you are a Nikon user. The perspective in 14mm is not comparable by any other lens. Sorry Canon users, your widest choice is only 16mm.
2. Telephoto Lens
Unlike wide angle, the telephoto lens gives you a feel of compression within the scene. A telephoto lens allows you to shoot a close up view.
Different to portrait photography, you do not need to get a big aperture lens because you seldom shoot a landscape with f5.6 or wider. In my opinion, 70-200 f4 for both Nikon and Canon, is a great option. This lens is more affordable and lighter in weight, so you can easily carry it on a long trip.
With the right tripod, you can expose as long as you want, while enjoying a sharp image. There is nothing that can keep your camera as still as a good tripod.
When choosing a tripod, you should consider the ball head as well. I have had some bad experiences when mounting my camera onto a crappy ball head. Make sure the ball head can support your camera.
4. Three Axis Hot Shoe Bubble Level
This one mounts on the camera hot shoe. It makes you align the camera with the horizon precisely, both horizontally and vertically.
This is important especially when you are shooting with a wider angle lens because any small inaccuracy will make a huge transformation in your photo.
5. Shutter cable
When doing long exposure, a small shake will result in a burry image. To avoid any shake, controlling the camera without touching it is one of the solutions.
A shutter cable lets you release the shutter without physically “touching” the camera. Some advanced cables even have a time-lapse setting and long exposure timer, etc.
6. ND filter
Natural density (ND) filters allow you to have longer exposure time by reducing the light entering the camera. In order words, you can enjoy a much longer shutter speed under the same aperture and ISO setting.
Most of the time, when you want to have super long exposure, such as 1 full minute, you may need a 6 stops or even 10 stops filter. These kind of ND filters will have the power of capturing cloud movement and creating stunning images.
7. Polarizing filter
A polarizing filter is designed to make the sky bluer and reduce glare reflection of mirrors, water and other surfaces. When you put on the filter, you need to rotate it to an angle that works most effectively.
If you want to learn more about polarizing light, please go here.
This is an accessory that enables you to lock your camera on a tripod head vertically or horizontally. Without a L-support, you will find the tripod is not quite balanced when shooting vertically.
This is also a great invention to reduce the chance of camera shake.
9. Torch or Headlight
Great photo times occur in twilight, dawn and dusk. In other words, you are travelling in the dark. Having a torch or head light can keep you safe as you move through the darkness.
You can use your torch or headlight to perform light painting as well.
10. Camera Bag
Shooting landscapes require travelling in the bush, maybe in national parks, or even across rivers. A decent camera bag protects your gear while you are finding the perfect scene.
Believe it or not, you should always buy a comfortable bag instead of a fancy looking bag. You will know why after you take 10kg of gear and walk with it for several hours.