I’m a photo addict, I admit it. I take hundreds of pictures per day while traveling. My camera is always in my hands or strapped around my neck. Don’t worry; I also take the time to see the sights through my own eyes, not just through the lens. But being an enthusiastic (amateur) photographer I think it’s important to have decent photography gear.
Because lately a lot of my blog readers are asking me what camera I use and how I take such beautiful pictures (thank you by the way for the compliment!), I decided to share what photography gear I usually take with me on my travels. But always remember this: beautiful shots aren’t created by the camera. It’s the person behind the camera who makes the photo. You don’t have to use the most expensive and professional photography gear to make great photos. After all your pictures will still look bad, if you don’t know how to use it. So the first rule is always: get to know your camera before going on a trip. Check what features it has and learn how to use them.
Let’s get started:
Canon EOS 550D for creative and high quality photography
For my night shots or more creative pictures (playing with shutter speed) I use my Canon EOS 550D with the basic 18-55mm lens. I’m still learning the tricks and it’s a great camera to experiment. Also the quality of the pictures is way better because it’s a DSLR camera, so I use its pictures to enlarge and create big wall decorations. I know there are already newer versions of this camera, but it still works perfectly fine.
Sony DSCHX90V, the perfect travel & vlog companion
Another camera I always take with me is my Sony DSCHX90V. This is a pocketsize camera miracle! It has a 30x optical zoom and a range of 24mm (wide) – 720mm (tele) which I love, because nothing is out of your photographic reach! The Zeiss lens stands for great quality and you can definitely notice this. Even zoomed in, the pictures look perfect! When the weather is bright and the sun makes it impossible to look at your LCD screen to take a picture, this camera offers a solution; it has a retractable finder! I also use this camera for my videos. You can record in AVCHD or MP4 mode up to 1,920×1,080/60p at 28Mbps! And last but not least; it has a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen so you know what your frame looks like when taking selfies or low-position shots. It also makes filming yourself a lot easier, so it’s ideal for vlogging!
GoPro Hero 4 Silver, to create cinematic videos
The GoPro Hero4 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. I prefered the Silver edition simply because it has a touch screen and you can preview your images.
When playing with shutter speeds, you can’t go without a tripod! I use the Hama Star 700. It doesn’t weigh too much and it’s rather compact. Its maximum height is 124 centimeters.
I’m thinking to ask the Joby Gorillapod Hybrid for my birthday though, because it weighs less and it’s more functional. You can strap it around anything, so this creates more opportunities.
The GoPro 3-Way is a very multi-functional item! This mount can be used as a camera grip, a selfie stick and a tripod for your GoPro! I bought a connecting piece so I can also use it for my compact Sony camera. I used it often in Istanbul for my early morning photographs when no one was around.
Spare batteries for your cameras are a must if you want to be able to take pictures all day long.