5 Must-Haves For Holiday Photography

From tripods to waterproofing, the following items deserve a space in your suitcase.

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Whether you’re packing your bags for a month of wildlife photography in the rainforest or for a weekend on the English coast, there are a few ways to ensure you optimise your output as a photographer. From tripods to waterproofing, the following items deserve a space in your suitcase.

1. GorillaPod

This sturdy and versatile tripod gives you a flexibility of vantage point.

The Joby GorillaPod has been on the market for many years, but it still more than justifies its place in your travel luggage. It’s a surprisingly strong and durable mini-tripod; in fact, with a maximum load of 3kg, it’s stronger than many full-size tripods. Unless you’re packing a lens as long as your arm, you’re likely to be sufficiently supported by GorillaPod’s composition: its Japanese ABS plastics and durable German TPE rubber grip rings. And that’s not even the key selling point. Where Joby’s creation excels is its versatility, portability and flexibility. Prop it up on handrails or fence posts or hang it from branches; these legs are vice-like, which enables you to use the immediate environment to pick your perfect vantage point.

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2. Polarising Filters

A must-have for shooting in sunlight, polarisers put Instagram filters to shame.

If you’re going to be snapping in the great outdoors on your holiday, a polarising filter is 100% worth the packing space it occupies. Polarising filters sit in front of a camera lens in order to darken bright skies, minimise glare and reflection and even spot fish beneath the water’s surface. We’ll not attempt to tackle the physics behind them, but what’s significant is that even highly advanced post-production software is unable to control polarisation. Because a photograph itself doesn’t record the light polarisation, once you’ve taken a picture you can’t replicate the same filter effect on screen (yep, even Instagram filters are powerless).

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3. Camera Drones

Camera drones are increasingly being built to fit neatly into your hand luggage

A drone is perhaps more of a luxury than a must-have, but before writing it off, there are three things to consider. Firstly, adding in an aerial element to your travel photography portfolio will broaden your artistic scope indefinitely. Secondly, remember that consumer drones are increasingly being built to fit neatly into your hand luggage. Parrot, DJI and GoPro have all released minidrones in order to cater for our demand for packable quadcopters. Thirdly, remember that drone hire makes aerial photography far less of an extravagance. Drone rental on Fat Lama will typically cost users less than 5% of the cost price per day. Hire a drone for your next holiday.

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4. Waterproof Housing

Waterproof housing lets you get stuck in at the beach and the waterpark without leaving your camera at home.

If you’re hitting the water with your camera in tow, take no chances. Your camera will not enjoy a dip like the rest of the family. The good news is that waterproof housing – both soft and hard – is available for the majority of camera body types, meaning you can get stuck in at a water park or go snorkelling without leaving your camera behind. To figure out which type of housing would best suit your set-up and environment, check out this article.

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5. GoPro

For more extreme shoots, GoPro is still the best bet.

Housing might make your camera waterproof, but it probably won’t make it stunt proof. For more extreme shoots, GoPros are still the best bet. The footage you can capture by sticking one of these to your head, chest, or a gimbal is widely considered to be the best on the market. Hire a GoPro Hero5 for 4K video at 30fps, a 2.0-inch touchscreen and 12MP still images. It’s also waterproof up to 10m.

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