Gear Up with the Best Travel Photography Accessories of 2019 (so far …)

It’s only February, but 2019 is already shaping up to be another kickass year for innovative travel tech. For travel photogs, in particular, we’re practically living in a Golden Age. As proof, these four gadgets are among the best travel photography accessories of 2019 (so far …).

Best Travel Photography Accessories for 2019

Lume Cube AIR LED Light

Lume Cube AIR LED Light for Travel Photography

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Good lighting is critical to good photography. But, it can be tricky to find (or create) even half-way decent lighting while on the road. I’ve seen quite a few solutions, but none tackle mobile lighting as effortlessly as Lume Cube AIR. At roughly 1.5 inches square, it’s hardly bigger than a golf ball. It weighs next to nothing. It’s bright. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s inexpensive. It’s also waterproof down to 100 feet and drop-proof to boot.

All of which makes it one of the best travel photography accessories of the year. In my own experience, it’s a huge help with food photography as well (no more relying on your dinner-mates to “light up” your plates for all those Instagram shots!). Plus, the included white and orange (warming) diffusers make the latter a breeze with nice, soft lighting.

Lume Cube AIR LED Light for Photo, Video, and Content Creation

  • UNMATCHED LIGHT QUALITY & CUSTOM LENS – 5600K Color Temp, 90+/- CRI, 400 LUX @ 1M, 60º beam angle
  • COMPACT, WATERPROOF & DURABLE DESIGN – 1.625″ Tall, 2 oz, waterproof to 30 ft, made with tough rubber exterior
  • BLUETOOTH & APP CONTROL – Wirelessly control brightness, flash duration, mode, and check battery levels from the Lume-X App
  • BUILT-IN MAGNET – In addition to the 1/4 20 mounting thread, the AIR has a built in magnet to mount to new surfaces
  • IN-BOX ACCESSORIES (DIFFUSION INCLUDED) – Comes with both a warm and white diffuser, lanyard, and micro USB charging cable

Last updated: 2019-02-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Lensbaby Sol 45

Soft blur of the Lensbaby Sol 45

Lensbaby Sol 45’s Dreamlike Blur and Bokeh © Chris Zielecki

Lensbaby‘s line of creative camera lenses is a polarizing (pun intended) topic among photographers. Personally, I love the challenge of using them. There’s a steep learning curve, even for skilled photographers. But, the payoff can be tremendous. Sure, you can achieve similarly creative looks using mobile photo editor apps like VSCO and Lightroom. But, I’ve found that none quite capture the moody, dreamlike quality of Lensbaby.

River Rower Shot with Lensbaby Sol 45

River Rower Shot with Lensbaby Sol 45 © Leighton Phillips

One of the latest in their line is the Lensbaby Sol 45. The 45mm fixed f/3.5 selective focus lens creates a tack-sharp circular area of focus surrounded by pillowy soft blur and a heaping helping of bokeh. Even Lensbaby admits it’s not for everyone. But, the results are unlike any other creative lenses I’ve personally test-driven!

It’s available for every major camera brand, including Sony, Canon, Fuji, Nikon, and Pentax.

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Lensbaby Sol 45 for Sony E

  • 45mm fixed f/3.5 Selective Focus Lens
  • Creative Bokeh Blades add creative effects and texture
  • 8.5º of tilt and center-focus locking ability
  • Focuses from 14inches to Infinity
  • 46mm Filter Threads

Last updated: 2019-02-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Peak Design Everyday Messenger 15″ (v2)

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Of course, the gear bag you choose is almost as important as what goes in it. When I first tested Peak Design’s original Everyday Messenger bag, I absolutely loved it. It was the most handsome, best-designed, most durable such bag I’d ever tested.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger (interior)

Peak Design Everyday Messenger (interior)

Peak Design recently returned with a reboot of the original that basically started it all for them. I’m happy to report the Everyday Messenger v2 is every bit as awesome as its predecessor. Plus, it’s been upgraded with a luggage pass-through on the rear panel, better FlexFold dividers to keep your gear organized, more durable fabric throughout, and a better weatherproofing treatment on the exterior. Seriously, I can’t recommend this bag more highly!

If the messenger bag format isn’t your thing, the Everyday Line is also available in a backpack, a sling, and a tote.

Polaroid Pop Instant Print Digital Camera

Polaroid Pop Instant Print Digital Camera

Polaroid Pop Instant Print Digital Camera

Sure, an actual camera seems a curious choice for a list of “best travel photography accessories.” But, for most photographers, this is likely to be a quirky add-on to their primary photography gear kit.

If you’re “of a certain age,” the name Polaroid no doubt elicits tinges of vintage photographic nostalgia. The days of snapping photos on some of the world’s first instant cameras, then impatiently waiting for them to develop in your hand were so damn fun.

Polaroid gets this, which is why they’ve brought back their iconic instant camera. The all-new Polaroid Pop 2.0 Instant Print Digital Camera is just like those instant cameras of your (well, at least my) childhood. But, the company wisely added all the latest tech bells and whistles including a touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi, and 1080p HD video capability. With clever ZINK Zero Ink technology, photos print flawlessly and even feature the iconic, oversized white Polaroid border. Now, you can paper your fridge with all those amazing snapshots that would otherwise be “wasted” on Instagram.

Polaroid POP 2.0 – 20MP Instant Print Digital Camera w/3.97” Touchscreen Display, Built-In Wi-Fi, 1080p HD Video, ZINK Zero Ink Technology & NEW App – Prints 3.5” x 4.25” Classic Border Photos – Blue

  • 20MP Instant Print Digital Camera Lets You Snap 3.5″ x 4.25″ Pictures & Print On the Spot with Iconic Polaroid Border
  • No Printer, Computer or Ink Required
  • Use the Super Intuitive 3.97″ Touchscreen= Display to Frame & Shoot Everything from Fantastical Landscapes to Flattering Selfie
  • No More Shaking & Flapping Waiting for Faces to Appear! Zero Ink Technology Prints Vibrant Color Photos with Plenty of Room to Get Creative
  • Unleash Your Imagination & Customize Your Memories with Pretty Filters, Fun Borders, Silly Stickers, Emoji’s, Captions & Other Flair

Last updated: 2019-02-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

What do you think are the best travel photography accessories of 2019? What bits of kit can’t you travel without?

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