A large part of success in any type of photography is preparation, and this is especially true for landscape artists. While the basic equipment remains the same in general, camera with a lens and a tripod, there are an assortment of other photography accessories to have on hand just in case.

Circular polarizers are screwed onto the lens’s end and serve several purposes. First, they can increase a photograph’s color saturation. Second, they can enhance the contrast between sky and clouds, as well as reducing reflections and glare in water and on shining surfaces. Polarizing filters come in a variety of sizes and levels of quality from well-known manufacturers.

Cable Release & Tripod
In seeking the perfect precise shot, the slightest jostle or motion can throw off the intended result. A cable release and tripod permits you to take the shot without touching the camera, getting rid of the risk of such movements. Cable releases also assist with long exposures. When even the smallest motion can blur an image, every advantage is needed to maintain the clarity and beauty of the shot. An alternative to a cable release is an IR remote. I picked up mine on Amazon for less than $10.

Rain Gear
Landscape photography is not a nice, neat field that takes place in brightly lit studios with temperature controls. It happens out in the field, where weather can happen by surprise. Keep your camera safe even in the rain with a cover or rain sleeves. This investment protects your larger investments from inclement weather.

Dust Blower
Being out in the field also exposes sensitive equipment to various types of dust and debris floating in the air. While the light on air particles can lead to some interesting shots, air particles are far from useful when they cover the camera’s lenses and sensor. A basic dust blower can be used to maintain a clean sensor and lens.

Lens Wipes or Pen
Wipes and lens pens can also be used to help avoid dirty, smudged lenses. Wipes that come previously moistened and pens that can be specifically formulated for lenses, viewfinders, and filters keep things clean and images clear.

A well-stocked camera bag contains as many useful tools as a Swiss army knife has special blades: one for every reasonable expectation of situations that might arise. With these tools, landscape photographers are well-prepared to be out in the elements taking gorgeous photographs.