As travelers, we all want to document our journey. And what better way to do that than with photography and videography. When you’re on the road it is important to only bring the essentials, because you have to carry them with you all day. In this travel photography gear blog, I’ll talk about the things that I use during my trips and why. This should help you organize and complete your own travel photography gear. So let’s begin!
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First, the most important part, the camera. I use a Canon 80D body, and I’ve used this for about 1 year. This is a professional camera that works very well for both photography and videography. And that’s the main reason I love this camera! It is relatively small compared to other professional Canon cameras and very easy to use. If you’re new to shooting with a DSLR camera, there are many many tutorials on youtube teaching you everything you need to know.
Tameron 35 mm Lens
In my bag, I have 2 lenses. The first lens is a Tameron 35 mm lens with a diaphragm of 1.8. Also, this lens has a stabilization function. I have this lens in my bag because I can create images and videos with a large depth of field. The smaller the diaphragm, the more depth of field you can create. So, the more blurry the background is compared to the subject in focus. I use this lens mainly to capture portraits and details.
Sigma 10-20 mm Lens
The second lens that is in my camera bag is the 10-20 mm lens from Sigma with a diaphragm of 4 – 5,6. This is a very wide-angle lens. This is perfect for travel photography as it is great for landscapes, buildings, etc. In other words every large place or object you want to capture.
DJI Mavic Air
Nowadays, drones are the next best thing you need to have in your camera bag. They bring a totally different perspective to the table! In my bag, I have the DJI Mavic Air with 3 batteries.
This drone is really amazing because it is super small, so easy to take with you. It’s very easy to use and it has many fly-options, so you can do almost anything with it.
Polar Pro Drone Filters
To give the drone footage an extra dimension, I use ND and Polarised filters from Polar Pro. These filters are used to remove the reflection from the water and to create more cinematic footage. I’ve explained everything you need to know about the different filters and which ones you need here.
To make sure the sound in my videos is good, I use a microphone on my DSLR camera. This rode microphone is relatively small and you can easily attach and detach it. When it’s windy outside I cover my mic with a fluffy ball, also known as a dead cat (No, I’m not kidding, they are actually called that way). The quality of your videos will improve a lot when you start paying more attention to the sound design because you can capture the places where you are more fully. So, I would definitely recommend you to use a microphone on your DSLR.
SD cards (fast)
To store and capture all your photos and videos, you need SD cards. And I would recommend you to have at least 3 SD cards. One for your DSLR, one for your drone, and one for your GoPro. This will spare you the hustle of constantly having to open your devices and changing the cards when you’re on the go. I love very fast SD cards because they work well for making videos, especially if you film in 2,4 or 4K resolution and 60 or 120 frames per second. The higher the number in the U on the SD card, the faster the card is. I always use a U3 SD card with 64 GB or 128 GB storage space.
Go Pro + Accessories
For all my action shots I use my GoPro Hero 7 black. It has incredible stabilizing functions and shoots in 4K resolution and 120 frames per second. Super stoked about the stabilization! Depending on what I plan to do during my trip I pack different accessories. My favorite is a selfie stick and a dome.
A really cool place to have fun with a GoPro is in Thailand!
Macbook Pro 2018
To edit everything on the go, I recently bought a MacBook Pro 2018. Because, it needs to be a powerful laptop with a glass screen and a very good graphical card, this was the best option for me. The MacBook has a 512GB SSD, i7 core, is 15 Ince, and has a Touch Bar.
I love Apple laptops, as they are designed for photo and video editing. So, all the adobe programs work seamlessly together on this laptop. You’ll immediately notice that when you start using this laptop. In the past I have had a simple windows laptop, it has been such a relief to finally being able to edit content much more smoothly on my MacBook.
TIP: In Canggu, Bali there are a ton of cute cafes where you can work during your travels! Awesome for Digital Nomads!
To store all my footage, blogs, and videos I carry 2 external drives in my travel photography gear. One drive is to store everything and is used as a scratch disk for all my programs. The second disk is used as a backup. The 2 disks are 2T Seagate Expansion Portable Drives. I love that they are suited for both Windows and Apple, this was very practical when I was switching from a Windows laptop to an apple. Another great this is that these external disks are very small and easy to take with you.
For my solo trips, I love bringing my tripod. I prefer to take my own photos when I’m traveling, instead of asking someone else, as those photos are always very ugly. If you want to do something good, you have to do it yourself. So bring that tripod, put your camera on there and you’re good to go.
Pro Tip: Learn 3 Essential Solo Travel Tips here!
To take photos with my tripod I use a remote. This is practical for normal shots, but also night photography. I use the Canon RC-6 remote, this is a very cheap one and works perfectly with my Canon 80 D camera. If you want to buy a remote, check whether the remote is compatible with your specific camera, and also consider the remote range.
When I was in Porto, a remote came in very handy when I was taking photos of the most Beautiful Sunset Spots in Porto, Portugal
I’m someone who does not want to carry around a huge bag, and that’s why I’m happy with my LowePro backpack. It is relatively small and all my travel photography gear fits right in there. If you, for example, want to go backpacking for 6 months, this backpack is all you need. There is room for a lot of items, like a tripod, a drone, a 15 inc laptop, cables, 2 lenses, and much more! And you can adjust the inside to match your gear. One thing that I really like about this bag is that the zipper of the main compartment is on your bag, so you won’t get robbed! Furthermore, there is a comfortable strap around your waist to help you divide the weight, like a real backpacker’s backpack.
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