WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I USE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
Using my GoPro to capture myself with the background
Going through life, I've always had a passion for photography and loved practising as much as I could! I'm so grateful for the cameras in my rucksack and the timeline of photographs on my hard drive.
While travelling, I find myself having 'photo days', where I spend a lot of the day committing to capturing at least a few perfect photos to sum up a new or special place I'm in. For me, photographs are my best souvenirs which I look back on often; they can be made into postcards as gifts; they remind me of some of the most special memories or take me back to an emotion I felt at the time.
So, I think it's important to put an effort into taking some impressive photos of your travels - you will thank yourself later as you will have so many beautiful images to keep forever!
While wandering the globe, I always use a mix between a DSLR Camera, Action Camera, and Smartphone.
Listed below I've shared some simple tips and features along with straightforward reviews of the cameras and accessories I carry with me during my trips. Don't forget to have a look at my guides on how to take amazing travel photos!
CANON EOS 1300D DSLR CAMERA
weight 440grams dimensions 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.87 cm
This is my baby. It never disappoints and fits all my travel needs! I would recommend this camera to anyone because of the stunning quality of photos it produces and the professional look it gives your photos!
The camera itself is so easy to carry around on the road as its very lightweight and compact.
It has lots of easy to use features and modes which will enhance your photos. My favourite modes are Landscape, Food and Portrait. It has built-in WiFi which means you can transfer your photos from the camera to your phone or tablet instantly. The battery life is brilliant - I can use the camera for days and days without charging.
WHAT I LOVE: DETAILED & VIBRANT IMAGES - WIFI - LIGHTWEIGHT - CLEAR DISPLAY SCREEN
TIP: TAKE CARE OF THE LENS & DISPLAY SCREEN - THEY CAN BE EASILY SCRATCHED! PLUS DUST IS NEVER GOOD
The GoPro takes a little while to get used to but once you do - you will struggle to remember what you did without it. It's so petite but captures powerful detailed images with its built-in wide lens which fits so much more into each frame. With modes like 'Burst' and 'Time-lapse' you are sure to snap the perfect photo!
It's the ultimate action camera for taking the highest quality of videos that can be edited on your phone through the app. Photos can be grabbed from these videos which showcase your experiences to its finest!
It's strong, long-lasting, waterproof, weatherproof and durable due to its well-designed plastic case meaning you won't be afraid to take it snowboarding, surfing, scuba diving, cliff jumping and loads more! I can't praise this camera enough it has become a part of me on my travels!
WHAT I LOVE: BUILT ON TOUCH DISPLAY SCREEN - STUNNING DETAILED ACTION SHOTS - WATERPROOF - WIFI - BEST QUALITY VIDEOS
TIP: BUY THE COMPLETE ACCESSORY KIT FOR GoPro CAMERAS ON AMAZON FOR AS LITTLE AS £12
GoPro HERO4 SILVER CAMERA
weight 81.6 grams dimensions 5.8 x 3 x 4.1 cm
OPPO F11 PRO
weight 190 grams dimensions 7.7 x 0.9 x 16.13 cm
I'm saying goodbye to iPhone's forever! Too expensive and their built-in camera actually gets worse with time.
My new Oppo phone has the best camera installed! Nearly everyone has a smartphone now on their travels because they are so useful for getting around new places; keeping in touch with home; keeping track of your budget as well as keeping notes and files. You may not want to invest in an expensive camera or carry around a larger one but that's fine because having an Oppo F11 means you have it all in one.
They're incredibly sleek, discreet and lightweight so the chances are you will have it on you if a good photo opportunity arises and will be able to capture a decent picture. They have great editing features and the quality is fantastic.
WHAT I LOVE: EASY TO EDIT & PUBLISH PHOTOS ONLINE - HANDY TO CARRY AROUND - EASY TO USE - GREAT FOR SENDING PHOTOS TO FAMILY & FRIENDS
TIP: BUY A GLASS SCREEN PROTECTOR & DECENT PHONE COVER THEN USE IT! IT WILL REDUCE RISK OF AN UNWANTED SMASH/CRACK & SAVE YOU MONEY ON THE ROAD (IT'S EXPENSIVE TO GET YOUR SCREEN FIXED ANYWHERE)
INSTAX MINI 8 POLAROID CAMERA
weight 308 grams dimensions 11.6 x 11.8 x 68.2 cm
This one is for fun! This cute camera gives you instant credit card size prints which are easy to carry around on your travels; in your wallet or inside your travel journal.
It has a built-in flash, produces really pretty, flattering images and also isn't too bulky, making it ideal for night time use while abroad! It isn't the best outdoors in bright sunshine or taking landscape shots so I'd keep it for snapping pictures of you; your friends and close up images.
You will need AA batteries for this camera along with Instax Mini Film!
It's perfect for keeping your special memories close by.
WHAT I LOVE: EASY TO USE - INSTANT PRINTS - BRILLIANT FOR MAKING SCRAPBOOKS OF CERTAIN TRIPS/SPECIAL EXPERIENCES - BEAUTIFUL IMAGES
TIP: DON'T DROP IT FROM A TABLE ON A NIGHT OUT! THEY'RE ACTUALLY QUITE DELICATE & BREAK EASILY - BUY A CASE HOLDER FOR IT FROM AMAZON
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY (2PK) & 3 CHANNEL
CHARGER FOR THE GoPro HERO 4
The battery life for a GoPro isn't the best. You will be left recharging the same battery daily if it's used often. Even when a full battery is left inside the camera for a few days with little use, it's often flat.
I recommend purchasing this charger pack from Amazon to have as a backup which comes with 2 spare batteries. It lets you charge three batteries simultaneously through the cable provided and is so time-saving and efficient -- it's such a pain taking out your GoPro for the day then remembering it hasn't been charged!
It's perfect for overnight trips you may have booked where charging electronics isn't possible. This means you're able to go on boat trips, jungle treks or visit remote islands stress-free!
USB CABLES FOR iPhone & GoPro
Extra USB cables are useful to take with you on your trip for your smartphone and cameras. They can be used for charging but also to transfer your files to a computer.
I find chargers are the most easily forgotten thing when on the move or show signs of wear and tear so I like to take a couple extra for the road.
The silver cable shown is very strong; made with nylon braiding and built to withstand stretching and twisting.
EXTENDABLE WATERPROOF SELFIE STICK FOR GoPro Hero
YELLOW WATERPROOF FLOATING SELFIE STICK FOR GoPro Hero
As GoPro Camera's are very small and can be easily lost - it's best to secure them onto a selfie stick. My GoPro stays on a stick all of the time - it's just easier to carry around or find inside my bag.
Don't be embarrassed about a selfie stick! It will help you achieve steady photos and videos as well as reduce the risk of losing the camera itself. When my GoPro wasn't attached to a stick in Australia - it slid off our boat while sailing the Whitsundays! Luckily I got it back because of Captain Zack, who is a talented free-diver but I will never make that mistake again.
I love an extendable selfie stick as I can take videos/photos from a variety of different angles. The stick keeps the camera perfectly still while you hold the end, meaning you can run, jump, swim, dive, surf, snorkel - blur-free.
This bright yellow waterproof stick is perfect for water activities because it can be easily spotted if let go of PLUS it floats. Cliff jumping won't be so fun if you let go of your GoPro as you hit the water! Attach it to a floating selfie stick to be safe.
Memory Cards are a must buy when using cameras such as a GoPro or Canon DSLR. They're needed to store all of your lovely travel memories, snaps and videos.
I recommend buying SD Cards which can hold a higher memory content such as the 64GB. This will prevent you from running out of space and then having to hunt down new memory cards while being abroad.
Micro SD cards such as the SanDisk Extreme are perfect for a GoPro & come with an adapter to read the files. Large SD Cards such as the SanDisk Ultra which is shown can be used for cameras such as a Canon DSLR.
To keep treasured files like your Photographs safe, organised and easily accessed - I would invest in a Portable External Hard Drive. It's so important to back up your travel photos -- I take my hard drive everywhere with me! It's extremely delicate and cannot be dropped - don't let it get crushed at the bottom of your backpack - buy a sturdy cover to protect it. After uploading my files online, I save them to my hard drive under the year and country it was taken.
WHERE AM I NOW ?
PERTH, WA, AUSTRALIA
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WD 1TB My Passport Ultra PORTABLE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC MEMORY CARD + SD ADAPTER
SanDisk Ultra 64 GB SDXC MEMORY CARD