Essential Photography Clothing And Kit For Outdoor Photographers

Here, we roundup some essential clothing and pieces of kit for outdoor photographers.

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When you're a wildlife or landscape photographer, the chances are you'll be out of the house bright and early to reach your destination and set your kit up ready for a day's shoot. 

As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, this can often mean setting off in the dark and the cold, not to mention standing or sitting around and waiting for your subject to appear. It's therefore essential that you're wearing suitable kit for the day, no matter what the weather. Come rain or shine, fantastic photos can be achieved so here, we round up 10 essential items of clothing and kit that you'll need for your day out.

Walking boots

Walking Boot       Walking Boot 2

When walking on uneven terrain, you'll need good sturdy footwear that's got a thick sole for support. Something waterproof for trapesing through damp grass or potentially walking across the odd shallow stream will be ideal. Something that supports the ankle will give extra protection should you lose your footing. There are lots of different styles and materials available, with leather being a popular option for durability and ease of cleaning. 


Waterproof coat

Waterproof jacket

Weather in the hills can turn extreme pretty quickly and as such it's important to be protected from the elements. You might opt to layer up and go for a waterproof outer layer, or you might choose to go for a thicker option with more pockets and places to store personal effects. If you're going to be setting up and waiting for wildlife then you need something that's going to keep you dry for a long time. 



Photographers Gilet

If you need spare batteries and memory cards to hand, then a gilet designed for all your little accessories will be ideal. These jackets are sleeveless and can be worn over your outer layer providing you with lots of storage options. Available in a range of different colours, They can also help to keep you camouflaged. 


Waterproof trousers

Waterproof trousers

If the weather is particularly miserable and you'll be walking a long way to get to your chosen destination, then waterproof trousers can stop you from being damp all day. They are lightweight and can easily be packed away should the conditions change. You can also keep them in your bag just in case. 


Padded coat

Padded jacket

If it's cold but fine and crisp, then a padded jacket will keep you warm. These don't tend to be as waterproof as the thinner raincoat, but will definitely ward off the odd rain or snow shower. They're ideal for staying cosy while waiting for that illusive deer. 


Thick socks

hiking sock

When wearing walking boots, it's important that you have some good quality socks. Otherwise your feet are going to get cold and your boots will more than likely rub. A thick, thermal hiking sock will be ideal. It might also be an idea to take a spare pair, in case you get wet feet. 




Gloves will be essential on those frosty mornings if you don't want to severely impair your dexterity of worse, end up with frost bite. As a photographer, you'll need a glove that will keep your hands warm but still allow you to grip the camera and adjust the settings accordingly. A glove designed to cycling or climbing will also give you the grip you need for extra assurance and if you plan to use a smart device to manage your images in the field then gloves with touch screen capability built in will mean you don't have to remove your glove every time you need to adjust something. 


Base layer

fleece jacket

It's important to layer up when it's cold, giving yourself the option to strip off a layer if you get too hot later on, rather than facing roasting in your thick coat or freezing in your t-shirt. A base layer or zipped fleece is a good idea as an intermediate layer. 



Norde thermals

If you're going to be camping out and not moving much, a thermal base layer will help to keep you warm. They'll trap heat but the are breathable, wicking away sweat and helping to keep you comfortable. 


One man camouflage tent

One man camoflage tent

If you're in the field looking for wildlife to photograph, a one man camouflage tent will be a useful addition to your kit. Animals and birds will be less likely to be spooked by you and you'll draw less attention to yourself. Although not technically a piece of clothing, it's something that you'll get into to aid your photography, so is a valid peice of kit. 

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