One of the things people most commonly ask me is “which camera do you use?” or “which lens did you use for that shot?”. While so much of what makes a photo interesting and exciting is a blend. of location, skill, and luck with things like weather and a lack of crowds, there is so much you can do to control how photos will turn out, like choosing the right photography equipment. Here is a list of the travel photography gear I use and love. I take these with me whenever I travel. I’ve included examples of the photos each of these lenses/cameras takes below each item.
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Canon 5D Mark IV
This is my main photography camera. I love how crystal clear and sharp images turn out, and the colors in the photos I create with this are as true as it looks to my eye. It shoots in 4k video at up to 60 fps, making it an excellent choice for videographers and vloggers as well as photographers. This camera is also weather sealed meaning it can resist light rains, high winds, dust, snow, and other weather conditions that would cause other cameras to fail or corrupt, plus it has a very wide temperature tolerance, meaning it can work in extreme cold and extreme heat. I take this camera with me everywhere I go.
Nearly all of my images are taken with this camera. See examples of how these photos look in my photography portfolio, here.
Canon 50mm Lens
I primarily use this lens for photographing people, my outfits, and sometimes food photography. It is a great lens for photographing people, because it doesn’t distort the human body as much as some other lenses do.
Canon 16-35mm Lens
I love using this lens for my day-to-day photography needs. This is generally the lens I carry when taking photos of things that are close to me, like food, buildings, and botanicals. If I’m not photographing a person or something far away, 9 times out of 10 I use this lens, especially when traveling. If you’re only going to invest in one lens, let it be this one.
Canon 70-200mm Lens
This is my favorite lens to use when photographing things that are far away, or when I want to do macro (close-up) photography of something like plants or sometimes food.
Above: Melt Falls on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
This stabilizer is one of the very best money can buy (and it’s not even that expensive!). I use this for making videos, primarily.
I use a MacBook Pro to edit my photos and videos and to write all of my posts. It’s fast, compact, and the colors of the screen are as true to real life as I’ve found. I’ve tried editing on my husband’s gaming laptop, and even with its advanced graphics cards, the photos didn’t quite look right. Of course, people who see my images will notice they look a bit different from device to device based on what they’re using to look at it, but that can’t be helped.
This tripod is amazing – it’s lightweight, very sturdy, and can be configured into a myriad of positions, allowing me to shoot straight up, straight down, at a 90º angle, and everything in between. For only $39, this is the best tripod I’ve found for traveling and photography, and I’ve tried nearly dozen different tripods over the years.
I love using this GoPro as a quick and easy way to film things, or for underwater photography. It’s lightweight, compact, and an excellent camera for beginners or those who just want an easy and reliable way to capture their travels. I recommend also buying a stabilizer stick, 5-10 extra batteries, a double battery charger, and a lens cap for this to keep it safe.
Extra Camera Batteries
I have 10 camera batteries, and if I spend a full day of shooting with this camera, I may go through 3 or 4 at absolute maximum. The battery life with these canon batteries is insanely long, and much better than any other camera I’ve ever used. I have so many batteries, because sometimes when I’m away from a power source, like when I’m hiking, camping, or staying somewhere without reliable power access, like when clamping or at eco-chic resorts like Azulik in Tulum, I may not be able to keep all of them charged easily.
Each battery lasts about 4-6 hours of continuous use, and takes about and hour and half to recharge. In colder temperatures, batteries do not last as long, and their use may be cut by as much as 80% depending upon how cold it is, which is true of any battery. So, if you are traveling or live somewhere where it regularly dips well below freezing, buy twice as many batteries as you think you may need. No matter how good the savings may be, never buy off brand batteries. They could damage your camera irreparably, or void the camera’s warranty.
This Samsung Solid State Drive is something I use each day when traveling to back up my photos, make extra room on my laptop or memory cards, and protect my work.
When I’m somewhere it might rain, I keep my memory cards stored in waterproof silicone Stasher bags, my camera and lenses in resealable plastic bags with moisture absorbing packets at the bottom, and I use this camera bag. Of course, if you’re going somewhere stormier or where you might fall or drop your bag into water (like when sailing or hiking near a river) I recommend a waterproof bag like this one.