Auxiliary camera gear

When I go travelling. Shooting images is a big part of it. Equipment is a big part of photography, and there is a  lot of gear that I use in addition to my cameras and lenses. This page is about the gear that you use and need, but not what is most thought about when you think about photography.

Tripod , monopods, tripod and monopod heads 

I use two Benro tripods, and one monopod. It is not the biggest difference between different suppliers, but I have chosen to stick with Benro due to standardisation, and that the quick release plates can be used on all of my pods, and I don’t have to change the plates that  I have fixed to my long telephoto lenses and so forth.

In addition, I use a medium size Gorillapod, that is very flexible and works very well when you don’t need an entire tripod.

PC and software for photo and video editing

To be able to view, edit and share images important for me when I am on travel.  One of the major challenges when travelling is that  size and weight of what you bring. What I use is a Dell XPS Laptop computer that doubles both as a fully capable Windows 8.1 computer and a tablet.

On the Laptop I run the entire Adobe creative cloud suite. I primary use Lightroom, Photoshop for photo editing, Premiere for video editing and Audition for sound editing.

Difusors and flash extenders

When I shoot wildlife outdoors  on a lens longer then 200mm or more, I will sometimes use a Better Beamer flash extender. It gives a controlled light on the subject, and adds the contrast and removes shadows when for example shooting birds or other wildlife.

When shooting portraits or other indoor settings I often use diffusors on my flash. The type I use is a folding one, that is quite small, and do not take up much room in the camera bag. The big advantage with using a diffusor, is that you spread the light from the flash and soften it.

Backup devices

“Big boys do not take backup, they cry” , I remember a good friend of me said once. He had learned a hard lesson. When I go travelling and shoot so many images,  having backup is an absolute must.

I use a dual backup system. First I have a dedicated backup drive named Colourspace Hyperdrive UDMA 2 that in addition of being a hard drive, have a built-in SD and CF card readers and a screen to preview images. This is a very helpful feature.

In addition I have a traditional external hard drive that I use to back up the PC where amongst other things I will have DNG files from Lightroom that have been processed. So I have one backup of my raw and other unprocessed files, and one with my processed files that I have used on my laptop.

Carry straps (slingshot style)  for camera

I use carry (slingshot style) straps from Blackrapid for all of my cameras. The reason is twofold.

First of it gives me the option of keeping my hands free when I don’t use my camera, and the other is reason is that I gives you a more “pro” look, and dependant on where and what you are doing that might be a good thing. Sometimes looking the part gives you access to places that you normally don’t get access to.

I use three different types of straps.  The first is the ordinary strap for one DSLR or other camera.

The second is a dual type, that you put on as a backpack, and allows for carrying two cameras at once. Just be warned, if you put on two big DSLRs in that fashon , you will get “are you a photographer” question.

The last type of slingshot strap that I use  is a small bag combined into the Rstrap system. The system is suitable for a larger compact camera or a fixed focal length mirrorless camera. It looks like a small bag, and that is handy in street photography setting where you sometimes don’t want to expose your camera too much.  I use that strap system for my Fujifilm X100S and my Canon G1X Mk2.

Camera vest

When I am out in the Wild, there is often nice to be able to bring lenses, cleaning kit , batteries, storage cards and other smaller gear. One solution that I use is the Lowepro Street And Field tactical vest in combo with the tactical belt.   That works very well, but I have to admit , maybe not  the best thing to use in an urban environment, since it make you look like a member of law and enforcement.

 

 

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