BEST Travel Photography Accessories for 2020
Below is my list of must-have camera accessories for 2020. If you love travelling, photography and videography, this is a simple gear list of items I’ve upgraded in 2020 that has helped me immensely. These items will benefit any travel photographer in one way or another. I will explain why I purchased, how I use, and if each bit of gear is right for you and your photography needs!
Top 10 Camera Accessories for 2020!
ThinkTank Red Whips
Peak Design Anchor Links
SMALLRIG Folding Tool Set
SanDisk Extreme Portable External SSD
Anker PowerCore Portable Charger
Formatt Hitech Step-Up Ring
Freewell Magnetic Circular Polarizer
Rode Wireless GO
BOLING BL-P1 LED Full Color Light
Atlas Athlete Camera Pack
Best photography accessories under $100
ThinkTank Red Whips – For ANY photographer this is a must-have item going forward in 2020. I use the red whips on a daily base to keep cables organise, tieing food up while travelling or merely organising cables on a days shoot.
They are inexpensive, practical and lightweight making this a MUST HAVE item on this for the minimalist & travel photographer.
Peak Design Anchor Links – Before you scroll down because of your sick of hearing about the Peak Design Straps. Please, hear me out! Yes, granted the Peak Design anchor links do help by assisting me to carry around my camera all day during my travels, of course, any strap would. But, where they separate themselves from ‘normal’ straps, for me, is the videography side. I’m now able to change from shooting on a gimbal to handheld in a matter of seconds. Utilising a neck strap when shooting handheld video gives you three anchor points for smooth footage.
I demonstrate this in my youtube video, which you can watch here.
SMALLRIG Folding Tool Set – A toolset so small you wouldn’t even know you’re carrying it. The toolset weighs in at only 79grams meaning this bit of gear packs a massive punch for its size. Are you continually looking for Allen keys, screwdrivers or flat blade to tighten tripods, l-brackets or screws?
The Smallrig folding toolset is your solution! It doesn’t matter if your travel, indoor photographer, riding a bike or your fingers don’t function because it’s too cold – throw this in your backpack and it’ll be your solution on a rainy day!
MUST HAVE Travel Photography Accessories in 2020
SanDisk Extreme Portable External SSD – Correct, SSD drives will not help out your photography skills, but it will allow you to speed up your workflow, enabling you to get back in the field and create more content! Perfect for the travel photographer or videographer as they are tiny, lightweight and best of all they are tough, splashproof and freeze-proof. Not only will they speed up your workflow, but it’ll also make you worry less as they are more rugged than the standard HDD drives.
Watch how they’ve advanced my workflow by x4 here!
Anker PowerCore Portable Charger – A power bank for any travel and adventure photographer is a necessity. Not purely for the photography side, but additionally safety! If you love adventure like me, camping in the middle of nowhere in Kyrgyzstan or campervan in the northern part of Scotland, this will be a lifesaver.
It’s versatile as it doubles up as spare batteries for the fuji if I’m shooting time-lapse or star photography. Then during a day, it’s got sufficient capacity to charge my smartphone after a full day of hiking using the GPS on my maps.
Photography Accessories for Beginners
Formatt Hitech Step-Up Ring – If you watch my YouTube content, you’ll know I am not huge of using filters. But, as a landscape photographer, I understand that you also need filters to create results that can only be composed in-camera with the use of a filter. Using multiple lenses from the Fujifilm line-up this equates to different filter thread sizes. Rather than buying various sizes, I instead invested into these beautiful step-up rings from Formatt Hitech allowing me to own just 1, 82mm CPL filter.
Pro Tip: It’s cheaper to replace a step-up ring compared to an expensive filter.
Freewell Magnetic Circular Polarizer – Freewell has created something I have dreamt about for the past two years. Minimalist, lightweight and ease of use is something I adore in photography, especially when travelling through remote countries, and the storytelling image is #1 priority. Freewell has produced a magnetic filter system in multiple thread sizes, allowing you to either have or not have a filter in seconds. Doubling up with the step-up rings mentioned above, this is a system made in heaven for travel photographers.
BEST Video Accessories for 2020!
Rode Wireless GO + Lav Mic – Rode is always progressing the way forward for audio gear, and the Rode Wireless go is no exception! A perfect solution for the travel/minimalist photographer, being small, lightweight but most importantly discreet. It’s an ideal audio set-up for any documentary shooter, youtubers, interviews, travel or wedding videographers.
Paired with the Rode Lav Mic, it creates crisp, clean sound at a fraction of the cost. My audio sucked for many years on YouTube and professional clients – this is and was the solution for me!
BOLING BL-P1 LED Full Color Light – One light, with 100’s of uses! Good quality light can be cumbersome, but any travel/adventure photographer will always travel with a LED and a headtorch. Night photography, light painting, tent, campervan, and vlogging are some of every day uses for this light panel. Setting a custom kelvin temperature, unique effects and having a RED hue for night photography are incredibly convenient – something you won’t realise until you own one.
This light is more expensive then it’s competitors but for a good reason, charging via USB-C and lasting 140mins on full power – perfect for travel photographers!
BEST Camera Bag Accessories in 2020
Atlas Athlete Camera Pack – Lucky I don’t have all day to talk about this backpack. For me, this is the ultimate travel & adventure photographers camera backpack for multiple reasons – safety, comfort, discret, organisation and multipurpose.
I’ve done a complete review about this explaining why I personally believe this is the BEST Travel Camera Bag on the market which you can watch here, or read all about it here. Really interested? You can purchase the backpack here.