A Guide To Travel Photography In 2021
Photography is a popular hobby no matter your background. If you’re willing to invest time and money into this pastime, it can become a very rewarding venture. Whether you’re looking to have a great record of the places you’ve visited and the memories you’ve made, or if you’re looking to get into photography as a profession, you’ll need to make sure you have the right equipment for the job.
In this guide, we’ll cover all the necessary choices you’ll need to make for setting off on your photography journey. You’ll need to consider equipment, components and even the precautions to take when taking those once-in-a-lifetime shots.
First and foremost, you’re obviously going to need a camera. There are a wide range of available models for you to peruse and whilst we can’t suggest one particular make, it’s worth noting that this is a very important decision. Firstly, set out your budget. Many cameras will come with lenses, and other equipment out of the box, but you’ll probably want to consider investing a bit more money to have some extra lenses for different shots, most notably a wide-angle lens. Take some time to peruse the right model of camera for you. Read reviews, visit camera experts in-store where possible, and get some advice from industry professionals on internet forums. Once you’ve picked the model that’s right for you, it’s time to consider your extras. For a more in depth guide, find out how you can make the most out of your DSLR.
As mentioned previously, you’re going to want to consider this choice carefully too. It’s worth noting that some lenses can be more expensive than the camera itself! A wide-angle lens is great for those landscape shots which tend to be essential choices when doing travel photography. Alongside this, a great option is to pick a lens with a lower aperture (between f/1.4 and f2.8 would be ideal) for those nighttime/low-light shots.
Chances are, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. The best shooting locations tend to be the hardest to get to as well! You’re going to want something comfortable like a padded camera backpack with plenty of interior protection for your equipment. If you’re going to be editing your shots on the fly, it might be worth considering a bag with storage for your laptop too.
Remember, whilst it’s rare for thefts to happen whilst you’re taking photos, it does open you up more as a target, especially if it looks like you’ve got a lot of high tech gear on you. We highly recommend investing in some good quality travel insurance that will cover theft and damage of your equipment. It would also be very useful to get insurance to cover medical conditions and accidents too. You can never be too careful, especially when you’re so focused on your camera!
You’d think picking a tripod would be a very simple choice. You just need something to keep your camera steady for those tricky shots, right? Consider that you may be shooting in windy conditions or somewhere with unstable terrain. You’ll want to go for a heavier, sturdier platform for your DSLR to avoid any knocks or tragic camera tumbles. Of course, on the flip side, if you’re trekking through a rainforest or up a mountain, you probably want to limit your carry weight as much as possible. There’s a fine balance between which equipment is necessary, and which will become a burden.
The safest bet is to tailor your choice to your situation. There isn’t one perfect set-up for every situation. Make your decisions carefully and be considerate with what you aim to achieve from your travels. Good luck and happy shooting!