Six landscape photography must-haves that will help you this fall

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Six landscape photography must-haves that will help you this fall

You have a fantastic camera and a host of lenses that will help you create beautiful landscape images this fall; however, do you have accessories that will make your photos shine a little brighter and make your life easier?

If you answered no to the question above, this summary is for you. Having a great camera and a sharp lens is one thing. However, unless you have some photography accessories, you may not be getting the most out of your expensive gear; heck, you can even tolerate being uncomfortable for no reason at all.

In this roundup, we’ll share with you six items members of the Photofocus team swear by when we hit the field. The six items here really help us enjoy the image-making process more because they allow us to get our images right in the camera, and they help keep us comfortable, which is much more important than you might think, especially on those trips that see you head into the backcountry. So let’s take a look at the items we recommend for landscape photographers this fall.

Lowepro Photosport Pro 55L — Ideal for long hikes

We landscape photographers often like to take a lot of gear with us so we can be prepared for any situation. In addition to cameras and lenses, we need filters, tripods, extra layers of clothing, food and water for when we are on longer hikes. So, you will need a large bag that is comfortable and well made. Enter the Lowepro Photosport 55L AW III.

The Lowepro PhotoSport Pro AW III is well-made, weatherproof and supremely comfortable, thanks to thickly padded straps and an ultra-configurable strap system that changes to fit your torso. There is plenty of room for cameras, lenses and accessories. There is a dedicated holder for a water bladder, and the roll compartment has enough space for rations, clothing and other items. So, this bag comes with me when I head 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 an extremely versatile camera bag that’s ideal for landscape photographers who like to be at home at dawn and dusk. Besides 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 weathers

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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 these days are weather-sealed. However, you should never be too careful with your expensive equipment.

There is nothing worse than being caught in a storm when you are unprepared during landscape photography trips. If you’re looking for a way to protect your gear when you’re on location, this rain cover will help. The cover quickly slides over your camera and lens. The cover attaches 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

Autumn, in some parts of the world, can get quite cold. If it doesn’t get cold, it can just get damp outside. So, one accessory we highly recommend is a solid pair of gloves designed for photographers. These photography gloves from Vallerret (you can read our full review here) are affordable at under $30, and they give you all the protection you need.

Unlike many other gloves on the market, the Vallerret Photography Gloves feature conductive suede, making 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 few in your camera bag. That way, when the going gets tough, you’ll be able to keep shooting without a problem.

Robust 5560 Vantage tripod — a landscape photography essential

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In my review of the Robus 5560 Vantage, I said it was the best tripod you’ve never heard of. After months of use and abuse, I still sing this tripod’s praises. It is 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 exudes quality. The legs and the locks used are buttery 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 (24.95kg) and a maximum height of 60 inches (152.4cm). Pair it with the Robus RTH-1050 ballhead, and you’ll be in tripod heaven. There is no better tripod/ball head combination in this price range on the market.

Freewell Magnetic VND Filter System – Long exposure made easy

There’s nothing better than getting your landscape photography images right in the camera. To do this, you will often need to use filters. As far as ND filters go, these variable offerings from Freewell (read our full review here) are hard to beat.

These variable neutral density filters from Freewell come in different wire sizes and are magnetic. You attach the magnetic base ring to your lens, and you can quickly turn the filters on and off. We found that the filters did not shift colors in images. In addition, they do not introduce haze, nor reduce sharpness. So if you want to easily create long exposures this fall, these filters from Freewell will help you get the job done.

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