I often get asked about what camera gear I use to take photos. First, to be clear, it’s not all about good camera. It’s also about the person behind the camera. It takes a lot of practice and learning to become a good photographer. I still need to learn more. Here’s my complete travel photography gear! Hope it will help you choose the best equipment for your next trip, my dear ‘photo friend’.
My camera equipment
After a long while shooting with a Canon 1100D (great camera for beginners) I figured it was time for an upgrade, and I went down with the Canon 70D. I absolutely love this camera and would totally recommend it to anyone who wants to take their photography more seriously.
Wide Angle Lens – Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
This lens is great for shooting landscape, interior shots, shots of buildings as well as cityscapes. When you just have to get everything in the shot – use this lens! Because of the very wide viewing angle of these types of lenses, straight lines near the edges of the picture can end up looking curved.
Walk around lens – Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM
This is my favorite lens and I use it the most frequently. It’s perfect lens for a travel photography. At 17mm is wide enough to capture great landscapes and at 50mm works as a great portrait focal length. If you are looking for just one general purpose lens – then this is definitely the lens I would recommend you to buy!
Telephoto Zoom lens – Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
Telephoto lenses are great at making distant objects fill your frame. Also, if you wanted to dramatically put a background out-of-focus, and you had the choice, it would be best to use a 200mm lens. I use this lens mostly for wildlife and portraits. It’s also great for shooting sports.
Prime lens – Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
This lens is perfect for portrait work and night shooting. It is sharp, small, light, inexpensive and fast. With the wide aperture of f/1.4 it is great for low light photography. It’s great for traveling because it weighs practically nothing so you don’t even know it’s in your bag.
My Underwater Camera Gear
Small, light, easy to use GoPro camera is ideal for underwater shooting. I captured some amazing underwater photos as well as videos. I always set it on video mode with taking photos every 5 seconds. The underwater housing is an absolute must if you’re taking your GoPro underwater. I also have GoPro The Handler Floating Hand Grip.
For years I used GoPro for making travel videos. If you use GoPro I would highly recommend you to invest in Gimbal (you can see the product below in Amazon shop). Before I ‘discovered’ Gimbal my videos were very shaky. Gimbal keeps the camera smooth and allow you handheld shooting without camera vibration or shake. Love it!
Not so long ago I replaced GoPro with the DJI Osmo camera. Why? See in this video:
It’s an essential part of my photography gear. I often travel alone so I use it to capture ‘me, myself & I’. It’s great in low light situations, for time lapse photography and when I need slower shutter speeds to turn the movement of waterfalls, rivers and waves into smooth, dry ice-like textures.
I use SanDisk memory cards. Shooting in RAW takes up a lot of memory space so I use 64 GB or 32 GB memory cards.
I have extra batteries for all my gear, from Canon camera to GoPro and Osmo. In many situations during all day shooting one battery is simply not enough to ‘survive the day’. In that case, is better to have an extra battery than miss some good photo opportunities because of ‘dead camera’, right?
Camera cleaning kit
My instant (happy) camera
Recently I bought myself Fujifilm Instax wide 210 camera. I want to share some of the most beautiful travel moments with the children and people I meet on my way. Children in Asia and Africa really love to be photographed so with instant camera I can give them the gift of a picture. Beside that you can use it for happy snaps with your friends and family.
Post processing software
Post processing is an important part of digital photography. All of my editing is done in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. I use Lightroom more often and I highly recommend you this software. It’s easy to use and you can create awesome images with it. I also use it for organizing and sharing my photography.
Note: If you want to post process your images it’s essential to shoot in RAW. I set my camera to shoot in RAW + JPEG mode.
Happy shooting my friends and in the end don’t forget –
“With photography, everything is in the eye and these days I feel young photographers are missing the point a bit. People always ask about cameras but it doesn’t matter what camera you have. You can have the most modern camera in the world but if you don’t have an eye, the camera is worthless. Young people know more about modern cameras and lighting than I do. When I started out in photography I didn’t own an exposure meter – I couldn’t , they didn’t exist! I had to guess.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt