The life of a photographer is a tiring and back-breaking one –especially if you tend to shoot outdoors more often. Between battling the elements and lugging your heavy gear all over the place, you soon realise how much of a workout outdoor photography can get! While all that effort makes the pay offs just so much better, there’s no reason why you can’t make your life a little easier: check out these 5 gadgets we highly recommend every photographer should have.
LensCoat Leg Cushion
If you spend a lot of time moving your heavy camera and tripod around, then you probably suffer from the same sore shoulders that we do! This awesome new release by LensCoat is designed to be used on various tripods and allows you to comfortably shoulder all that weight, even with the legs open. They attach easily with velcro too, so removing them for a wash after a long day out is a breeze.
Your favourite wireless camera remote system just got a whole lot smaller! The CamRanger Mini measures half the size of its predecessor, two-thirds of the price but with even better features – the new model has a range of up to 120m. Perfect for wildlife photographers and street photographers, this handy gadget allows you to control various camera settings from your phone or tablet, and works with most Canon and Nikon DSLRs.
Gitzo Mini Tripod
The world’s most compact and lightweight professional carbon fibre tripod is here guys, and we can’t wait to swap out our old ones for this baby! Perfect for travel photographers (or any photographer tired of their bulky and heavy tripods), the Gitzo mini weighs in at just 265 grams but is able to support camera systems of up to 3kg. Rubber legs offer a sturdy grip, and you can easily control the detachable ball head via the gear lock located just under the head.
Think Tank Emergency Rain Cover
When it rains, it pours and when that happens, you’d want your precious gear well protected from the elements! Shooting outdoors always leaves you vulnerable to the elements, but this super lightweight and compact protective cover is here to help. The rain cover attaches to your camera’s hot shoe mount, and features a large plastic screen on the back for easy viewing of your controls. We are especially loving the non-slip adjustable straps that keep the front of the seam-sealed cover attached to lens hoods.
SanDisk Extreme SSD
Thin, lightweight and sleek, this portable SSD is everything an outdoor photographer would want! Measuring at about just palm-sized, this rugged drive barely weighs anything and has IP55 dust and water resistance, and is shock resistant from drops of up to 2m. It’s available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB variants with read speeds of up to 550MB/s.