Photography | My Travel Equipment
Often I get questions related to my camera and what type of lenses I use. In this time of year it might be helpful for you to share what’s in my bag when I travel to Scandinavia. A few important basics for all kinds of photographers. First.. travel as light as possible. In the past I took a lot of stuff with me without using it all. Soon I became fed up carrying the whole equipment. With the result that I photographed far less. So.. pack smart.
Backpacks are not for me, I prefer to use a shoulder bag. Actually I use different kinds of bags in various sizes. It depends on how and where my journey goes. I don’t even always use special camera bags. The benefit of not using a such a bag ? It’s less obvious that I have an expensive photography kit with me. So less chance it will be stolen. Important is a comfortable shoulder strap and easy access to the camera. Of course it needs to be of good quality, durable and waterproof with enough storage space for small accessories.
Camera and Lenses
The cam I use is a Canon 5D Mark III. When I travel, there are two lenses in my bag. The EF 50mm 1:1.4 and EF 24-70mm 1:4 . The 50mm is by far my favorite lens at the moment. It’s small and light. A good sensitive lens for shooting interior, lifestyle and nature. The 24-70 is much bigger and a lot heavier. It’s a great lens for landscape photography. To capture wide shots and zoom into a closer shot when needed.
It’s always good to be on the safe side. So I bought extra batteries and memory cards. On location I always have one or two extra fully charged batteries in my bag. An extra empty memory card as well. The photographs are taken in raw and jpg. Raw files carry more information, so they take up more space on a memory card. I don’t delete photo’s in the camera on location, need to see them on the laptop first. Which provides a much better impression of the sharpness and details.
The extra accessories are small and not too heavy, so easy to take along. And .. don’t forget your battery charger.
At the end of the day I back up all my photos on a laptop or – when really traveling light – a portable storage device. Uploading your data to an online storage service in an internet cafe or on a hotel computer might be an option too. In case your memory card breaks, your photo’s will be save.
A tripod is the best option for a sharp image. But it’s big and often a heavy load. Much smaller and lighter is a monopod. Though you’ll need a steady hand using it. Sometimes a bag of rice or a stone (wall) will also do.
When I’ m in Norway I love to go hiking in the woods or the mountains. The weather there can be very unpredictable, even in the summer. It can quickly change from a sunny day in a windy rainstorm or cold. In case of rain there is a plastic bag In my bag. A simple way to protect the camera and lenses against the exposure of the elements. A lens cloths and blower for the sensor also included.
While traveling and photographing I make notes. I jot down data and technical specifications. But also thoughts, ideas and inspiration for new projects.
This a basic overview of useful photography items when traveling. Of course the pieces of equipment you choose depends on your destination, how, when and for how long you are traveling. Sometimes compromises need to be made..
What are your basics? Please let me know in the comments.
Have a safe trip!
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