You have a fantastic camera and a bevy of lenses that will help you create stunning landscape images this fall; However, do you have accessories that will make your pictures shine a little brighter and make life easier for you?
If you answered no to the question above, this roundup is for you. Having a great camera and a sharp lens is one thing. However, unless you have some photography accessories, you might not be getting the most out of your expensive gear; heck, you might even be putting up with being uncomfortable for no reason.
In this roundup, we will share six items with you that members of the Photofocus team wear by when we head out into the field. The six items here genuinely help us enjoy the image-making process more because they allow us to get our images right in camera, and they help keep us comfortable, which is far more important than you might think, especially on those trips that see you head into the backcountry. So let’s check out the items we recommend for landscape photographers this fall.
Lowepro Photosport Pro 55L — Perfect for long hikes
Often, we landscape photographers like to take a lot of gear with us so we can be prepared for any situation. On top of cameras and lenses, we need filters, tripods, extra layers of clothes, food and water for when we’re on longer hikes. So, you’ll need a big bag that’s comfortable and well-made. Enter the Lowepro Photosport 55L AW III.
The Lowepro PhotoSport Pro AW III is well made, weather-resistant, and extremely comfortable, thanks to thick padded straps and an ultra-configurable strap system that alters to fit your torso. There’s ample room for cameras, lenses and accessories. There is a dedicated holder for a water bladder, and the roll-top compartment has plenty of space for rations, clothes and other items. So, this bag is coming with me if I’m heading out into the wilderness on a landscape photography trip. You can see my full review here.
PGYTECH OneMo 25L backpack — A hybrid bag for modern creators
The OneMo from PGYTECH (you can read our full review here) is a highly versatile camera bag ideal for landscape photographers who like to be out at dawn and home by dusk. On top of being incredibly comfortable, thanks to its padding and strap system, this bag can hold a lot of gear, and it protects it well.
On this trip, our reviewer took her camera, multiple lenses, a drone, filters, batteries and more. There was even room to spare, thanks to the expandable zippers on this bag. So, if you’re looking for a water-resistant camera bag for day hikes this fall that won’t break the bank, check out the OneMo 25L from PGYTECH. It’s a bargain at under $200.
Ruggard Rain Shield — Practice landscape photography in all weather
The Ruggard Rain Shield (read our full review here) is an accessory that should always find a place in a landscape photographer’s kit. Sure, many cameras and lenses have weather-sealing these days. However, you never be too careful with your expensive gear.
There’s nothing worse than being caught in a storm when you’re not prepared during landscape photography trips. If you’re looking for a way to protect your gear when you’re out on location, this rain shield will help. The cover quickly slips over your camera and lens. The cover secures to the barrel of your lens and has a base opening so it can be used on a tripod. If you love capturing moody landscapes in inclement weather, the Ruggard Rain Shield is a no-brainer, especially when it’s so affordable.
Vallerret photography gloves — A handy accessory for colder, wetter months
Fall, in some parts of the world, can get rather chilly. If it doesn’t get cold, it can get downright damp outside. So, one accessory we highly recommend is a solid pair of gloves designed for photographers. These gloves for photography from Vallerret (you can read our full review here) are affordable at under $30, and they’ll offer you all the protection you need.
Unlike many other gloves on the market, the Vallerret Photography Gloves feature conductive suede, which makes them touchscreen-friendly. The fabric is moisture-wicking. This means your hands will stay nice and dry. Of course, these gloves will also protect you from the cold and other environmental issues. Keep a pair in your camera bag. That way, when the going gets tough, you’ll be able to keep on shooting with no problems.
Robus 5560 Vantage tripod — A landscape photography essential
In my review of the Robus 5560 Vantage, I said this is the best tripod you’ve never heard of. After months of use and abuse, I’m still singing this tripod’s praises. It’s an absolute monster that continues to impress. The Robus 5560 Vantage will give you a steady platform to place your camera on when practicing landscape photography this fall.
This carbon fiber tripod oozes quality. The legs and the locks used are buttery smooth when in operation. The Robus 5560 is stable and sturdy on all types of terrain. It weighs 4.4lbs, which is very light for a tripod like this. The tripod has a load capacity of 55lbs (24.95 kg) and a maximum height of 60 inches (152.4 cm). Pair it up with the Robus RTH-1050 ball head, and you’ll be in tripod heaven. There’s no better tripod/ball head combo in this price range on the market.
Freewell Magnetic VND filter system — Long exposures made easy
There’s nothing better than getting your landscape photography images right in camera. To do this, you’ll often need to employ filters. When it comes to ND filters, these variable offerings from Freewell (read our full review here) are hard to beat.
These variable neutral density filters from Freewell come in various thread sizes and are magnetic. You attach the magnetic base ring to your lens, and you can quickly pop the filters off and on. We found that the filters do not shift colors in images. In addition, they do not introduce haze, nor do they reduce sharpness. So if you want to create long exposures easily this fall, these filters from Freewell will help you get the job done.