Answering one of my more frequently asked questions via blog post! What gear do I use when photographing on my travels? I’ve detailed everything below but remember this list will probably change, evolve and most certainly grow as my skills and blog grow! It’s also important to remember I didn’t get all of this in one go as to begin with I didn’t need it all! I’ve accumulated it all over time as that was way more price efficient and practical for my needs. I do highly recommend getting a good camera set up for everyday use and definitely for your travels, hardly leaves my hand when I’m away now!
My very first camera purchased was the Canon 70D and this is the camera body that I use when away now. This camera was perfectly within my price range when originally shopping for a body and I’m still more than happy with it. It shoots great quality, the auto focus is extremely good, very quick. It easily links to my phone so I can transfer photos straight across and then quickly run them through Lightroom before uploading straight to Instagram, easy as that. Unless stated otherwise, all of my photos are taken with this.
Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.
I originally had a standard kit lens but wanted something a little better as my shots began to progress. I purchased the Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and it suits me perfectly for the photos I take. For travel photography I tend to get a lot of landscape and architectural scenes, this one has the versatility to nail that every time. The wide angle is especially useful when I have a lot to squeeze in the shot and it makes it easy if I plan to crop and post on Instagram. When in the future I need something with a bit more range, for example if I was to go on a safari and hope to capture some wildlife, I may look at the Canon 24-105mm f/4L. This would make a good addition to anyones camera gear!
RØDE Video Mic Go.
Other than a few tests I haven’t fully delved into the world of video yet but this one will certainly be used when I do. The RØDE Video Mic Go is perfect for producing clear, good quality, directional sound. This will be very suitable and definitely used if I ever get around to doing a few travel vlogs. It’s super light weight and very robust, sits on top of my Canon 70D no problem. No battery required, it’s 100% a good addition to my kit!
Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod & Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Tripod.
I have 2 tripods. My Joby GorillaPod is actually made for a more compact camera but it works so well with my DSLR. I use this as it’s so quick to wrap around something in order to get a quick shot basically anywhere. It also works well as a grip if your taking self portraits or if you were to vlog. My Manfrotto Action Tripod gives me a bit more stability and some extra height. I use this if I have more time to set up the shot and if the photo is a more pre planned and less spontaneous. Both get good use for different scenarios and both are compact so very easy to travel with. They come with me every time!
That pretty much concludes the breakdown of my equipment. Of course I have power banks, batteries, a laptop, memory cards etc . . but thought I’d just include the main bits. It’s not an extensive list of kit by all means but wherever I go it all comes with me. Most of my travel is based around Europe currently and I can get away with taking all of this and everything else I need crammed in my hand luggage bag. When I take a longer trip and have the luxury of more space I may add a few more bits in. Number one on my tech wishlist is the DJI Mavic Pro drone. I’d love to get some aerial perspective on the countries that I’m visiting but this will happen in time!
Thanks for reading, any questions then just leave a comment. See you in the next one!