Adventure photography is a broad genre. But whether it's kayaking, skiing, hiking, climbing, trail running, or mountain biking, I always am sure to carry this gear with me.
Photographing adventure sports and activities can be stressful, but extremely rewarding. There's no better feeling than being able to capture candid lifestyle moments on a trail or the moment a climber reaches the crux of a problem. More often than not, photography isn't about the gear or camera someone is using, but about the brain and person behind the lens. That being said, there is some equipment that makes our lives that much easier and the process of capturing adventure sports much more seamless.
1. Peak Design Capture Clip
No matter what I'm doing when I head outside, I always have the Peak Design Capture Clip strapped to my backpack. As a photographer, it's important that you always have your camera at the ready. By keeping your camera in your bag, it's almost guaranteed that you'll miss a great shot. By using the Capture Clip (which allows a camera to hang from your backpack strap), you'll always be ready to capture beautiful moments.
2. A Durable Backpack
A rugged and durable backpack is extremely important for the adventure photographer. Most camera bags won't hold up to the elements. Personally, I use the Mammut Trio Tour 35+7 backpack. I love using this bag because I'm able to strap skis or climbing gear on the outside, while still fitting my F-stop Pro ICU - small insert inside. With the insert, I'm able to carry two camera bodies, two lenses, and a drone, while I'm able to carry my outdoor gear as well as extra layers, food, and water inside. I also usually have enough room for a tripod that can strap to the outside, all with a 42-liter backpack that holds up to the elements.
3. A Tripod
Many of my adventure photographs are shot handheld. But there are some moments that require a slower shutter speed and slower process. Bringing a tripod on adventure photography shoots can help slow down an often adventure-packed sequence of events and can help you get more creative with your shots or by creating time-lapses of athletes in their zone.
These are just a few things that I always am sure to bring with me when shooting adventure photography. What gear do you never leave at home when heading into the field?
Lead image by Kevin McAvey, used with permission.