Travel Photography – What’s In My Camera Bag?!

Travel Photography – What’s In My Camera Bag?!

As travellers 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 it 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 organise and complete your own travel photography gear. So let’s begin!

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Canon 80D

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. 

Canon 80D Body

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 stabilisation 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

Tameron 35 mm lens

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. 

Sigma 10-20 mm lens

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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. 

DJI Mavic Air – Capture all your adventures with epic 4K video for £769 with free shipping!

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. 

Polar Pro DJI Mavic Air Cinema Series 6-PACK

Microphone

To make sure the sound in my videos is good, I use 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. 

Rode Videomic Pro Rycote

Rode Deadcat VMPR

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. 

SD U3 64GB

SD U3 128GB

Go Pro + Accessories

For all my action shot I use my GoPro hero 7 black. It has incredible stabilising functions and shoots in 4K resolution and 120 frames per second. Super stoked about the stabilisation! Depending on what I plan to do during may trip I pack different accessories. My favourite are a selfie stick and a dome.

GoPro Hero 7 Black

Selfie stick

Dome

A really cool place to have fun with a GoPro is in Thailand!

Macbook Pro 2018

In order 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 the 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. 

MacBook Pro

TIP: In Canggu, Bali there are a ton of cute cafes where you can work during your travels! Awesome for Digital Nomads!

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External storage 

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 disk are very small and easy to take with you. 

Seagate 2T Disk

Tripod

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 alway 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. 

Tripod with quick release

Pro Tip: Learn 3 Essential Solo Travel Tips here!

Remote

To take photo’s with my tripod I use a remote. This is practical for normal shots, but also for 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 take the remote range into consideration.  

Canon RC-6 remote

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

LowePro Backpack

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 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 wont get robbed! Furthermore, there is a comfortable strap around your waist to help you divide the weight, like a real backpackers backpack.

Lowepro Flipside 400 AW II 

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