The highly demanded article about my solo travel photography gear is finally here! Taking photos of yourself isn’t always easy as a solo traveler. You can ask a bystander to take the picture for you, but those are often the worst pictures, except if you’re lucky to catch someone with a great eye or they are willing to listen to your instructions on how to take the photo. You can take a selfie, but most of the time it only shows your face and it’s way too close, so you’ll look fat and malformed. And honestly, I don’t like the standard selfie at all.
Lately I’m receiving e-mails and comments again asking what equipment I use to take my pictures, so I decided to give you an update on what “solo travel photography gear” I use on my travels. Here it goes!
The solo travel photography gear I can’t go without
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II for high quality pictures and videos
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is compact, light, delivers amazing quality and has a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen to make the perfect selfie or vlog. It can make 20MP pictures in jpeg and raw format. 1080p Full HD video can be recorded at 60 fps with stereo sound in MP4 format. The lens is incredible! It captures a lot of detail and the colors are magnificent and bright. The self timer function is of course essential to make pictures of myself!
GoPro Hero 4 Silver for ultra wide view and waterproof conditions
The GoPro Hero 4 Silver probably doesn’t really need an introduction. Despite its size, it offers cinematic images with a very wide angle (170 degree lens). I love to use it for photographing interiors and exteriors of big buildings, to capture magnificent landscapes and underwater images. It’s also the perfect solution to take pictures in the rain or for waterfall photography. The housing makes it easy to wipe off the water drops in front of the lens. I prefered the Silver edition simply because it has a touch screen and you can preview your images. To take pictures of myself I simply put my GoPro on the timelapse mode on a tripod or selfie stick and do my poses!
As soon as I saved some money I’ll upgrade to the GoPro Hero 6 Black!
Telescopic Pole 16 – 47 Inch and Tripod Base Kit
I can’t travel anymore without my CamKix Premium 3in1 Telescopic Pole 16 – 47 Inch and Tripod Base Kit! It is my perfect travel buddy! I can make great selfies with it and I also use it as a tripod to make pictures of myself. It’s also great to reach places which your arm can’t. (for instance; I used it to take pictures right above a gorge) I can use it with both my GoPro and my photo camera.
I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 which has a an amazing f1.9 aperture and is able to create clear images even in low light. I use my phone’s camera when it’s raining too hard to avoid my camera lens getting wet or stained by the rain drops. The Samsung’s lens is a lot smaller so it gets less wet and is easier to clean. It’s also perfect for selfies!
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