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Packing Guides

My Travel Photography Gear!

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People often ask me about what camera equipment I use for travel, filmmaking, fashion, and blogging. Photography and film have been two of my greatest passions since I was a kid, and I always encourage others to get into photography as well, as it’s a creative, adventurous activity that you can do your entire life.

While stepping into the photography world offers you the journey of a lifetime, it also requires you to make an investment. Smart phone cameras have come a long way, but if you want truly stunning images you will want to purchase a real camera.

When choosing gear for travel photography I look for equipment that is lightweight, portable, and somewhat rugged. But most of all, I look for the equipment that can get me the best image quality. Having the right gear can make your travel experience more enjoyable, and can also help you sharpen your skills!

The range of digital photography gear options on the market today is staggering. Being a professional photographer myself, I have spent a fair bit of money on equipment in the past that I didn’t even need or ultimately didn’t love. Therefore, learn from my experiences and bookmark this list today for reference before you go on the trip of your dreams!

Here’s the complete list of my cameras, lenses, and gear that I bring on my travels!
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Camera Body
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Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera Body

This camera is perfect for both beginner and professional videographers and photographers! This is my main camera body that I travel with.

This camera is the first in Canon’s EOS R system, and I love it! Mirrorless cameras are becoming more popular for travelers as they improve in quality, because they are lighter weight, quieter, and less likely to break than a full DSLR camera. You can take beautiful shots in automatic mode, or use manual settings if you’re going for a specific look.

I also love that I can shoot gorgeous 4K video with this camera.

The Canon EOS R has full compatibility with all EF / EF-S lenses. The weight, ergonomics and size of this item add to its portability, and I love that I can use my phone as a remote and even see the images on my phone screen as I’m taking them!

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Lenses
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Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens

When to use: Every Day

This is my go to lens for every day shooting, portraits, and close ups. It’s small and lightweight, and creates beautiful focusing effects. If you’re traveling in a city, capturing shots of friends and family, or shooting objects or close up animals this is the perfect lens for the Canon EOS R body.

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I have so much fun with this camera lens!

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Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

 

When to use: Every day, outdoors

Carrying a wide angle lens with you on your trip allows you to shoot indoors in small, confined spaces, as well as capture breathtaking outdoor landscapes. This high-quality, compact lens comes with broad zoom range for EOS R system and optical image stabilization.

The zoom range of this lens encompasses telephoto, normal and wide angle, and makes it ideal for all-day long photography sessions. 

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Capture the whole scene, in vivid, sharp color!

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telephoto lens

When to use: Wildlife, sports, event action

If you’re looking to take your wildlife photography to the next level, a telephoto lens is a must. This lens allows you to take amazing pictures of animals from far away. This telephoto lens is also perfect for capturing fast action during sports events. It features a high-speed autofocus and floating focus control to ensure you get sharp, clear images.

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My Camera Bag

I always travel with this camera bag, which I use as my day bag while exploring. It fits the Canon camera, lenses, and batteries perfectly, while still leaving room for my wallet, phone, and keys.

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AmazonBasics Camera Sling Bag

What I love most about this bag is that you can simply rotate it from back to front to have instant access to your gear. The sling design makes it comfortable for walking around all day.

The bag fits most popular DSLR models, attached zoom lens along with a few extra lenses and accessories. The adjustable padded waist belt, removable internal dividers and external tripod-securing strap make it a practical choice for a photography adventure!

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My Tripod
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Victiv Camera Tripod / Monopod

This inexpensive tripod comes with a great solid feel and remarkable features. It offers ultra portability as it is extremely compact and it can be stored in a strapped carrying bag easily.

The tripod doubles as a monopod and is manufactured using aluminum alloy. The material ensures a thicker leg tube and sturdy structure. You can keep your camera steady everywhere you go! It is an ideal choice for amateur travelers and photographers. Its smooth 3-way swivel head completes the package!

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Lightroom Presets
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Bring out the uniqueness of your shots and create a consistent aesthetic using these Lightroom Presets for Desktop and Mobile! Check back often as I’m always creating new ones.

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