Travel Photography Camera & Lens
Over the years, we have been expanding and upgrading our camera travel bag. And this is what the contents of our current bag looks like. Remember that we use all this equipment for our work, like our travel blog. You don’t actually need all of this while traveling. Fun fact: Hannah edits the photos and I (Nick) take them.
Sony Landscape Photography Lens
This wide-angle 16-35mm lens is incredibly for landscape photos and photos where space is limited. The G Master series is the best line Sony currently offers and this lens his sharpness and bokeh (blur) is the best in the game.
The Sony 16-35 f2.8 costs a fortune but over the years we found that investing in lenses is worth more than investing in camera bodies.
Sony Portrait Lens
A portrait lens is not a requirement while you are traveling. We use a Sony 85mm F1.8, this is a prime lens that has a wider aperture and fixed focal length. This is much more challenging since you can’t zoom but gives a greater result in low-light and portrait photography.
Sony Versatile travel lens
The Sony 24-70mm Vario-Tessar F4 (left) is a lens that offers a lot of flexibility. Take fairly wide landscape photography and switch to portrait within the same lens. We aren’t carrying around 6 lenses since this Sony lens covers most of our desired focal lengths.
Sony A6500 – Best budget option!
Before switching to the A7R3, we used the Sony A6500 day in and day out. It offers a comparable quality in both video and photo but it is about one-third of the price of the Sony A7R3. And for all you ultralight travelers: the Sony A6500 is even smaller and lighter! We have the camera with us as a backup. This is the perfect camera to start travel photography. Make sure to check out the deals that include one or two lenses.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone or DJI Mini Pro 4
A drone gives an entirely new perspective of our location. We love to shoot videos and photos with the DJ Mavic Pro, and it goes everywhere with us.
Unfortunately, but understandably, it is getting very hard to fly a drone without a permit. As where we used to recommend a drone to everyone, we now would say, don’t take the risk unless you are 100% into travel photography. Another option is to opt for the smaller DJI Mini Pro series as these have less restrictions.
A perfect option for your budget is the DJI Mavic Pro. We lost this drone in January 2019 but all the drone shots you see until that date are made with the DJI Mavic Pro.
iPhone 14 Pro
A phone with a proper camera is enough to create stunning Instagram Stories and post beautiful pictures on Instagram. Some of our most shared photos on Instagram were made with an iPhone. When you don’t have time to get your camera, quickly point and shoot your phone, so you don’t miss that shot.
GoPro Hero 6 Black
Whether we are snorkeling at a beach or mountain biking down a hill, the GoPro is our way to go. It is solid, can be underwater, and has superb built-in image stabilization. Our favorite part is using it together with an underwater dome to get together water-level shots. A floating grip and spare battery are must-have accessories
Travel Photography accessories
Travel photography accessories are what fill up the other half of our camera bag. Most of these items are to enhance photography and videos.
Carbon Fiber Tripod
For our Instagram Salt in our Hair, we create couple-travel photography. A tripod comes in handy to create these types of photos or long exposure shots to get that silky water or stars in the sky.
We recently switched to the Manfrotto Befree Advanced Carbon, which is super light and easy to configure. A tripod is one of the most important pieces of travel photography equipment.
ND filters are used to stop light from reaching the sensor. That will allow you to use a lower aperture which can be used to have more bokeh (blurriness) in your photos. This is extremely useful when it comes to travel photography when you sometimes have to shoot in bright daylight. We use ‘Hoya Variable Density’ filters for all our lenses.
We always carry our waterproof SD card case including three SanDisk Extreme PRO SD cards 32GB and two SanDisk Micro SD cards 64GB. Both card types have a high performance so they are capable of quickly saving RAW images and 4K video footage. Micro SD cards are used for the Mavic Drone and GoPro.
Lens Cleaning Kit
We learned the hard way that we always have to take a lens cleaning kit. That means a small rocket to blow out dust from the sensor and a couple of lens cleaning cloths.
Travel Photography Editing
After creating all those photos, you have to start sorting, backing up and editing everything. We make use of the following tools.
Back up disks
No matter if we are on a short or long trip. We back up our photos every single night, and once a week, we make a backup of the backup. Yes, this sounds crazy but we lost some footage in the past, and when you work for clients you can’t have this.
Furthermore, we have four 2TB Samsung T5 SSD disks. Different from the HHD, an SSD is extremely fast and can take some hits without breaking. The only downside of these devices is the higher price.
Laptop & Editing Software
A MacBook Pro is the base of all the work we publish online. Writing blogs, editing photos and videos, answering emails and so many more things.