Five Accessories for the Discerning Adventure Photographer

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Adventure photographers are ones that trek out into the great outdoors to, well, quite honestly seek adventure and document it as they go along. They capture epic landscapes, camp out in the woods, and need to rely a lot on their gear. Think of them as the new type of landscape photographers who may also incorporate some sort of awesome sports coverage or even capture scenes from death-defying angles.

Here’s what photographers like those need to get through the trek.

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Langly Alpha Pro

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Langly’s camera bags were inspired by vintage military designs–and they show ever bit of it. These backpacks are comfortable, have lots of pockets and so can accommodate loads of gear. The Alpha Pro can hold:

– A DSLR and lenses

– A couple of days worth of clothing

– A Tripod

– A 15 inch laptop

and a bunch of tools that you could possibly need while out there.

In our review, we state:

“Though I usually don’t use backpacks unless I’m flying out for a trip (which I do at least once a month), the Langly has a lot to it. As a US Veteran myself, there is quite a bit of nice familiarity to it for both my past and my present. Stuff your camera(s), lenses, flashes, radios and all the essentials that you need in there and you’re ready for pretty much any situation that life will throw at you. Alternatively, you can leave most of that stuff at home and stuff it with lots of clothing.”

Peak Design Capture Clip Pro

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The Capture Clip works very well in conjunction with the Langly camera bag, but it also works quite well around your belt. These clips are designed for photographers who don’t want to deal with camera straps and instead want to attach their camera to a reliable clip. When you’re ready to shoot, just press the red button and the camera will slide out.

In our review, we state:

“Peak Design has really done it again. Their designers are brilliant and the Capture Clip Pro is the best that we’ve seen so far. It far exceeds any other belt clip that we’ve seen such as the Spyder or anything else. The build quality is stellar and after you break it in, the Capture Clip Pro will work flawlessly and will keep your camera totally protected.”

Read more: Photographer Zachary Shenal talks about how the adventure photography industry is changing:

“I think the market is definitely shifting from more National Geographic style shots to the simulated film look. I hang out on a lot of sites like Tapiture, and all of the well composed stuff looks like it was given a VSCO preset. I think it definitely has its place, but I hope we can get back to making more photo-realistic stuff. I think mirrorless is also revolutionizing the industry. I’ve been unimpressed with them up until recently, when I got a Sony A5000 as a gift. For its size, it packs a massive punch, and I could definitely see someone succeeding in this field with an A7r, an A6000, and a couple of FE lenses.”

Olympus Tough TG-4

The Olympus Tough TG-4 is a camera that is built to be tougher than lots of cameras out there. With a super wide-angle lens that starts at f2 and ends up at f4.9 at the most telephoto end, the Tough TG-4 also sports WiFi integration, Aperture Priority, Program Auto mode, can display lots of info about the environment around you, has an integrated compass, and of course it’s quite tough. This camera has withstood 220lbs of force, can go down to 50 feet, can fall 7 feet, and can function down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

And best of all–it shoots RAW; but there is no manual exposure control mode.

Check out our first impressions for even more.

A Graduated ND Filter

Graduated ND Filter

Sunsets can only be made better by applying a graduated ND filter to the front of your lens–and when combined with today’s imaging sensors, you’ll have so many more possibilities when you edit in post. Graduated ND filters start out very dark on one end and become lighter in diffusion towards the other end. They’re designed to block out extra light from the sun while you expose for the shadows in a scene. A great example is the typical bright sky and dark landscape. There is so much dynamic range in an image like that sometimes cameras may have a tough time getting it all. But if you use the filter with the camera/lens combo, you won’t have a problem.

A High Quality Wide Angle Lens

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Wide-angle lenses are the final ingredient here–and we suggest that you get your hands on a really good one. There are lots of great options for photographers for each and every brand. Some are more affordable, some are designed for mirrorless cameras, and others edge on just being our favorites. But a wide-angle lens will help you capture the world in an even greater perspective from how you see it.