19 Summer Music Festival Essentials For Photographers

Written by Gina Stephens


So, you've enlisted your weekend pass, bought your tent and have got your clashfinder (a free, printable timetable for an event) at the ready but what other necessaries do you need as someone who's going to a festival with photography, as well as having an amazing time, in mind? We talk you through some of the mains you may not have thought of to help keep the shots (photographic, not alcoholic) flowing. 

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Camera Selects


At most festivals, you can't take take is a single continuous recorded performance 'professional looking cameras' in but at smaller, more local events you may be OK to take your lover mirrorless interchangeable lens camera or DSLR. If you're playing it safe with a compact, you want one with plenty of reach and if it's 'hard-nosed ', even better.

We've recently updated our top best zoom camera article as well as our top waterproof camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or feature so they're soberly worth checking out if you're thinking about purchasing a compact for the festival season. The three top waterproof cameras listed are the Olympus Demanding TG-5,  Olympus Tough TG-4 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 while the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ200 sit at the top of our 10 Most suitable Pocket Zoom list. 

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If you can conduct your interchangeable camera and lenses in, a fast prime is what most recommend. We've reviewed and scored plenty of bright prime lenses but one that experiences out for its reasonable price, as well as performance, is the Samyang 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS.

Other choices include a telephoto that will get you closer to the stage without you force to fight the crush of the pit while a wide-angle lens will give you the chance to capture wider shots of the action on and off stage. If you want to travel a scarcely lighter, pack a superzoom lens such as the Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD or Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR. Take a look at our 10 Top Superzooms article to see what other lenses we counsel. 

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If you're taking your smartphone instead of your camera, you may want to consider purchasing a lens attachment, such as the Lensbaby Original Mobile Kit, that gives you the opportunity to be a little more creative with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel your smartphone photography. 

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Smartphones force pretty decent cameras on them now so you don't really have to take your camera to a festival to capture memorable photos of the weekend. You may experience to get in the pit if you want close-up shots of your heroes on stage but for general shots of festival goers, tents, fairground rides and other festival vims, you won't have any issues. We've recently reviewed the Apple iPhone 8 Plus, which found its way into our best 'smartphone for photographers' heel.

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If you're planning on taking lots of photos you're prevalent to need somewhere to store them all. Some opt for 1 large memory card while others prefer to take a few smaller ones. Whichever method you referee, make sure you have the right type of memory card and something to store them in if you're taking more than one with you. We hold more information on memory cards in our round-ups: Best Micro-SD Cards & Best SD Memory Cards.

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If you have in the offing a spare camera battery, take it but do remember to charge it before you go as giving a dead battery enough juice to get it working again in the middle of a battlefield won't be the easiest of tasks. Try to preserve your battery as much as possible, too, by reserving from previewing every shot you capture and remembering to direction it off when you're not using it. 

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Solar Charger

Solar chargers are large for giving devices a boost of power and some are pocket sized so won't take up too much room. You can even fasten some solar chargers to backpacks so they're in full view while you're enjoying what the festival has to offer. 

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Waterproof Shelter 


If the camera you're taking with you isn't waterproof then you might want to invest in waterproof housing for it at festivals, surprisingly in the UK, have a habit of getting a little wet. 

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Rain Cover For Lens / Camera


In the main slightly less expensive than waterproof housing, a rain cover protector is designed to protect your camera from any unexpected seedy condition and when you're at a festival, you really do need to be prepared for all weather! 

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Ambulatory Phone Charger 

You can now purchase a pocket-sized charger that will power your smartphone's battery on-the-go so if you plan on entrancing plenty of festival festival is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its selfies as well as snaps of the action on stage, one of these won't take up too much room in your backpack. Individual sizes and styles are available so do check that the model you're looking at does fit your camera specifically. 

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Shirt-pocket Hard Drive


Taking a small portable SSD drive with you, such as the Samsung Portable SSD T3 we reviewed earlier this year, intention mean you have somewhere to backup images to so you always have a second copy saved just in case. 

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Wrist Strap


If you strain a camera strap around your neck while in a busy crowd at a festival it's probably going to end badly as you may get tugged with it and depression yourself. Instead, wear a wrist strap so if your camera does get knocked, the wrist strap will prevent it from hitting the defeat. 

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Festivals aren't lit very manifestly so when leaving the arena after a day of music or when searching through your backpack, you'll probably find a torch handy to deliver. 

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Lens Cloth


A microfiber cleaning cloth on remove streaks and marks from camera lenses so smears don't spoil your shots. The super soft microfibre which desire gently clean any surface and leave no damaging scratches.

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This is an material piece of kit you shouldn't leave home without. Even if rain's forecast for much of the weekend, take suncream with you as you on no occasion know when the sun will come out. 

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Reusable Water Spirits 



Plenty of liquid is a must when outdoors at a festival, even more so in summer, so don't forget your the highest bottle as there will be free stations you can fill your bottle up with water which means you don't have to pay them, what can be, costly prices for a beverage. 

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Good Footwear


You're prevailing to be on your feet, pretty much, all day so a decent pair of boots/shoes that are, ideally, waterproof and durable is an essential piece of kit. Walking boots are ideal as they presentation good support for ankles but many do like to opt for wellies instead. 

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Applicable Clothing 


Even though denim shorts and band t-shirts are cool, packing a waterproof jacket and if you really want to be processed, waterproof trousers will mean you're prepared for any downpour that comes your way. 

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Nice Backpack 


You are allowed to take backpacks into the main music arena (you will be searched, however) which means you can safely deport your camera and other essentials for your day in front of the stage. We do have a couple of guides to camera bags if you plan on taking one that specifically designed with photographers in be sure: Complete Buyers Guide to Camera Bags and How To Choose The Ideal Camera Bag.

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Ear Pigtails


Now, we know earplugs might seem a weird thing to be wearing at a music festival where you want to hear the bands but if you plan on squander lots of time next to the stage and speakers, your ears are going to take a hammering (professional music photographers wear them). To exhale them a break, if there's a band you just want to photograph rather than specifically listen to, put them in. They're also valuable for busy campsites where noise is keeping you awake at night. 

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If you can value of any more essential kit for the photographer, feel free to list them below. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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