What’s in our Camera Bag? Travel Photography in 2019
What’s in our Camera Bag? Travel Photography in 2019
Are you planning to travel, looking for a new travel camera or focusing on travel photography? Get to know a little more about our equipment by having a look inside our camera bag. We are self-taught travel photographers and travel Instagrammers. In 2015, we started with a GoPro Hero 4 and slowly upgraded over the years. Learn what’s inside our camera bag for 2019.
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Travel Photography Cameras
Over the last three years, we have been expanding and upgrading our camera travel bag. And now want to give you a look inside that bag. Remember that we use all this equipment for our work, like building a travel blog. You don’t actually need all of this while traveling.
Fun-fact: Hannah edits the photos and I (Nick) take them.
Sony A7R3 – Best Travel Photography Camera
Our biggest friend, the Sony A7R3 delivers an incredible quality in both photography and videography. It is a mirrorless camera which means that the body is light compared to a DSLR.
Tip: Don’t forget to buy an extra Sony battery.
➳ More about: Sony A7R3 specs & pricing
Sony A6500 – Best budget option!
Before we switched to the A7R3, we used the Sony A6500 day in, day out. It offers a comparable quality in both video and photo but it 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 back-up. This is the perfect camera to start travel photography. Make sure to check out the deals that include one or two lenses.
More about: Sony a6500 specs & pricing
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
➳ See all: GoPro Hero 6 Black prices
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.
DJI Mavic 2 Pro Drone
A drone gives an entirely new perspective of our location. We love to shoot video and photos with the DJ Mavic 2 Pro, and it goes everywhere with us.
Unfortunately, but understandable, 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.
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.
➳ Find out more about the DJI drone price
Sony Travel Photography Lenses
Over the years we did find our that investing in lenses is more worth than investing in a new camera. These are the lenses we use on a daily base:
Sony Landscape Photography Lens
The Sony 24-70mm Vario-Tessar F4 Lens 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.
➳ More about: Sony 24-70mm lens
Sony Portrait Lens
A portrait lens is not a requirement while you are traveling. We use a Sony 28mm F2, this is a prime lens which 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.
➳ More about: Sony 28mm F2
Travel Photography accessories
Travel photography accessories are what fills 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 created couple-travel photography. A tripod comes in handy to create these type 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.
➳ Get our Tripod here
Travel Camera Backpack
After three years of traveling, we still haven’t found the perfect camera backpack, however, the ‘Everyday Backpack’ by Peak Design is near perfection. It offers a strong built-in divider system which is changeable into your own personal preference. And when you’re not traveling, take them all our and you have a huge 30L backpack. The only downside that it is pricey and on the heavy side when it’s empty.
➳ Get the: Peak Design Backpack
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.
➳ Get the: Hoya Variable Density filter
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 that they are capable of quickly saving RAW images and 4K video footage. Micro SD cards are used for the Mavic Drone and GoPro.
➳ SanDisk SD Cards
➳ SanDisk Micro SD cards
A while ago we found a remote for our Sony cameras that lets you take photos via an app. The product is called ‘Spark’ by the start-up ‘Alpine labs.’ It works via Bluetooth which means that it has a long range. The product does have some bugs which the company works on all the time. Anyway, it works most of the time and does an excellent job!
Lens Cleaning Kit
One thing we learned the hard way is 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.
➳ Get the: Lens cleaning kit
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 in a week, we make a back-up of the back-up. Yes, this sounds crazy but we lost some footage in the past, and when you work for clients you can’t have this.
We have one 3TB External HDD by Western Digital which functions as our second back-up.
Furthermore, we have two 2TB Samsung T5 SSD disks. Different from the HHD, an SSD is extremely fast and can take some hits without breaking. The only downside on these devices is the high price.
➳ Learn about: Samsung T5 SDD
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.