Other Equipment for Outdoor Photography
A tripod is essential for capturing many good outdoor shots. Yes, they can be bulky and cumbersome to carry, but you'll miss some great pictures if you don't have one. You'll also lessen the quality of many of the pictures you do take. Carry your tripod on your shoulder with your camera body and lens mounted so you don't have to spend precious moments putting everything together each time you want to stop and take a picture.
Handy Items for Outdoor Photography
Food and water are essential for all-day hikes and field trips.
Insect repellent. Choose one that also repels biting flies.
Good hiking boots. Waterproof boots are preferable.
Field guides help you identify local flora and fauna.
Extra socks. You can change into them if your other socks get wet. They also make decent hand warmers in a pinch.
A lightweight rain jacket or poncho comes in handy in an unexpected shower or snowstorm. A poncho will also help protect your camera gear from the elements.
Cell phone. You'll be glad to have one with you in case of an emergency. Keep it turned off unless you need it.
Tripod quick release. This allows you to carry your tripod and camera separately and work quickly when you stop to shoot.
Most outdoor photographers find camera bags and backpacks cumbersome and prefer to wear photo vests that keep their lenses and other equipment close at hand. A waist or hip pack is another option for carrying your gear.