Spring Landscape Photography Gear List

There are certain travel photography gear items we pack for our outings based on the season and weather. Here’s a spring landscape photography list that we use and recommend for taking pictures in the springtime, based on our experiences with a wide range of camera gear over the years.

For those who love taking pictures, this is a great time to grab a camera and step outside. Download the spring photo gear checklist packets for free at the end of the article!

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Where Should I Buy Camera Equipment?

We get all our Camera Equipment at B&H Photo! They are a reputable company that’s been in business for over 45 years. Their customer service and knowledge about photography equipment gives us peace of mind when spending money on higher ticket items like cameras, tripods and lenses.

We also use B&H Photo to buy our camera accessories like filters, memory cards, cleaning kits, portable hard drives, and more!

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Spring Landscape Photography Gear List

If you’re looking to capture the best shots of spring landscapes, then having the right gear is essential. Here’s our must-have list of items for landscape photography in springtime: cameras, lenses, and other accessories. With these tools at your disposal, you’ll be able to capture stunning images of nature’s beauty during this season.

Camera Gear for Travel Photography - Nikon D7200 camera

Cameras for Spring Photography

No matter what camera you have, inspect it before packing to make sure it’s functioning properly and has been cleaned.

Check to see the memory cards and a fully charged battery are inserted.

If you’re looking for a new camera, here’s a list of articles to help you as you research what’s best for you:

Lenses for Spring Photography

To determine which lenses to pack, you must know what images you want to capture.

Spring is the perfect time to photograph waterfalls, wildlife and the milky way.

These are the lenses we use for spring photography:

Camera gear for travel photography - MeFoto Globetrotter Tripod

Tripod for Spring Photography

A good sturdy tripod is worth the investment. You’ll need a tripod when capturing long exposure photos of waterfalls and the milky way in the spring. Do you research to find the best tripod for your needs and budget.

Our Benro Mefoto Carbon Fiber Globetrotter is the perfect lightweight travel tripod for long hikes or when I won’t be using a large, heavy lens.

We also have tripods for heavy lenses specifically designed for wildlife photography.

There are many quality tripods of varying sizes and capacities. Evaluate your needs and spend the money to obtain a good quality tripod to meet those needs. It will definitely pay for itself in the quality of your images.

Camera gear for travel photography - Lowepro Pro Trekker 650 AW backpack

Backpack for Spring Photography

A good camera bag or backpack is the foundation of any photographer’s kit. A well-designed pack that fits and carries well when hiking and is equipped with pockets and organizing sections is a must.

We have opted to use camera backpacks for their ease in transporting gear while hiking to various locations. There are many camera bags on the market that may better fit your photography needs and style.

We use three different backpacks depending on the situation and/or gear we need. All of these backpacks are well designed with adjustable belts and straps to properly distribute the pack weight on our bodies while hiking.

The Dakine Mission Photo Backpack is used for smaller landscape excursions that will not require a lot of supplies or the use of large lenses.

The Lowepro Flipside 500 AW Backpack is best for photo trips that will necessitate the use of a large lens like our Nikon 500mm. Since we always carry two camera bodies, Jamie will carry the Dakine pack and Dave will carry the Lowepro so we are prepared for any wildlife or landscape shot. BUT Jamie has no issues using this larger backpack as well.

The Lowepro Pro Trekker 650 AW is a large capacity bag we use to transport our camera gear on the airplane or longer road trips that will require more lenses and supplies.

Finding the right camera bag or backpack will be a personal decision.

Camera gear for travel photography - camera cleaning kit

Cleaning Kit for Spring Photography

A quick field cleaning is sometimes necessary to remove dust or water droplets on your lens, especially in the spring! NOTE: this is not for cleaning the sensor.

A good camera cleaning kit should include

  • lens pen
  • cleaning fluid in a spray bottle
  • air blower
  • microfiber cleaning cloths
  • soft brush
Camera gear for travel photography - remote shutter release

Remote Shutter Release

In the spring when you photograph long exposure waterfalls or the milky way, a remote shutter release is essential for decreasing camera shake caused by the pressure of your finger activating the camera shutter. Using this item results in sharper images overall as well.

We’ve used expensive and cheap models and find that most remote shutter release products wear out quickly. We always carry an extra because it’s frustrating when the shutter release goes out on you in the middle of a shoot.

You can compensate for this by using the camera timer, but it is inconvenient. You will need to search for a remote shutter release for your specific camera model.

Camera Gear for Travel Photography - Lexmar memory card

Extra Batteries and Media Cards

Purchase name brand memory cards. After all, you are trusting your images to the card! Lexar and Sandisk are the best.

You will use the card over and over, so spending a bit more to get a better product, in the long term, will not cost you much more.

CARRY EXTRAS: You don’t want to miss any photographic opportunities due to forgetting to load a memory card or battery in your camera; draining a battery or filling a memory card (or two).

Read the Do’s and Don’ts of Memory Cards by Peta Pixel. They share simple tips to keep your memory cards and images safe now and in the future.

Kase Wolverine 82mm filters kit

Filters for Spring Photography

We find that filters are important for landscape photography. Circular Polarizer and Neutral Density filters are nice pieces of equipment to have, but pay the price for a name brand. You don’t put cheap glass in front of your expensive lens.

Circular Polarizers are great for bringing out the color and depth of your landscape shots.

Neutral Density Filters can be very helpful in obtaining a blurred motion with water scenes and when shooting in high light conditions.

We started out using Tiffen and Hoya filters, and had good success using them. BUT we became frustrated with the difficulty of using these filter systems and only got them out when we wanted long exposure shots.

Then we found the magnetic filter system by Kase, and my use of filters has been changed forever! 

Portable External Hard Drive

Create a photo back-up process that you do at the end of EVERY PHOTO SHOOT. You don’t want to lose photos left in the camera if something corrupts the memory card.

Our image back-up system:

  • IMMEDIATELY after a day of shooting, we download the photos to the main computer if home, or the laptop if we’re on the road. 
  • We also copy the photos to a portable external hard drive – we LOVE the Lacie because it’s so durable for travel! These are the back-up copies.
  • We then save the photos to my cloud storage.

When traveling keep your laptop and portable hard drive in two separate places – if your laptop is locked in the hotel safe while you are out exploring, be sure to carry the portable hard drive with you as they are small and lightweight.

Camera Rain Sleeve for Spring Photography

Spring photography may bring rain so always carry a rain cover for your camera.

Also, check to see that your camera backpack has a rain cover as well.

If you have a second person with you, they can hold an umbrella over the camera while you take pictures!

Other Items You Need for Spring Photography

It’s important that you, the photographer, be warm, dry and comfortable so you’ll want to stay outside taking pictures no matter the weather or conditions.

Wearing and packing layers is so important in the spring when you’ll find cooler mornings and evenings with warmer days.

Here’s the list of all the “other” things we use and recommend:

photo gear checklist for spring

Spring Photography Gear Checklist Printable

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE to get the free download! You’ll get a packing list, settings list, and composition tips list that includes the top basic photography techniques to capture amazing photos!

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